‘Project man­agers’ col­lab­o­ra­tion key’

Lesotho Times - - Business - Retha­bile Pitso

PROJECT man­agers have been urged to share skills and ideas with each other and stop try­ing to “rein­vent the wheel”. This was said dur­ing a two-day project man­age­ment work­shop whichwh ended yesterday in Maseru and ini­tia ini­ti­ated by the Cen­tral Bank of Le­sotho (CBL) (CBL). The sem­i­nar was at­ten at­tended by project man­agers from the Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Com­pany (WASCO), Le­sothoLe­soth Rev­enue Au­thor­ity (LRA), First Na­tion Na­tional Bank (FNB), Stan­dard Bank, Car­i­tas Leso Le­sotho, Le­sotho Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Corp Cor­po­ra­tion (LNDC) and World Vi­sio Vi­sion among oth­ers. Ac­cord­ing t to CBL Act­ing Head of P Project Man­age­ment, Itum Itumeleng Letšolo, the apex ba bank ini­ti­ated the con­fer­ence to fa­cil­i­tate the shar­ing o of skills and ex­pe­ri­ences pe­ri­ences. She s said the work­shop w was or­gan­ised af­ter the re­al­i­sa­tion that many projects were not com­ing­com to fruition. “Aft “Af­ter this sem­i­nar, we in­tend to es­tab es­tab­lish a net­work of project man­age­ment prac­ti­tion­ers so they can share ideas with one an­other,” said Ms Letšolo.

“The CBL has come to the re­al­i­sa­tion that prac­ti­tion­ers are work­ing in iso­la­tion, which in many cases has re­sulted in their fail­ure to ex­e­cute projects.

“We want to foster a cul­ture of shar­ing ex­pe­ri­ences to avoid try­ing to rein­vent the wheel by im­ple­ment­ing poli­cies or ideas that have al­ready failed else­where.”

She said col­lab­o­ra­tion was the way for­ward in ad­dress­ing Le­sotho’s project man­age­ment chal­lenges.

“We have iden­ti­fied nu­mer­ous prac­ti­tion­ers who are ex­perts in their fields so they can col­lab­o­rate to en­sure the coun­try’s project man­age­ment chal­lenges are ad­dressed.

“There is no need to im­port prac­ti­tion­ers to man­age our projects when we al­ready have so many lo­cal ex­perts. It is time that we take mat­ters into our hands,” Ms Letšolo said, adding that they were work­ing on mak­ing the work­shop an an­nual event.

In her re­marks, LRA Act­ing Man­ager Pro­gramme Man­age­ment ‘Man­nyane Toloane echoed the sen­ti­ment, say­ing project man­age­ment prac­ti­tion­ers needed to sup­port each other to at­tain suc­cess.

“Project man­age­ment in­volves many tech­ni­cal stages and re­quires rel­e­vant skills that are ap­pli­ca­ble to peo­ple from var­i­ous dis­ci­plines,” she said.

“A project man­ager has to be pre­pared to steer their team which con­sists of peo­ple from var­i­ous dis­ci­plines in one di­rec­tion.

“We, there­fore, need the sup­port of shared ex­pe­ri­ences from oth­ers who have done sim­i­lar projects.”

For her part, Car­i­tas Le­sotho Na­tional Direc­tor Rele­bo­hile Mabote said the role of project man­agers was im­por­tant since they were at­ten­tive to de­tail.

“Project man­agers are key in en­sur­ing that the scope of work is fol­lowed to de­tail by the var­i­ous teams and to en­sure qual­ity is main­tained. He or she plays an over­sight role to en­sure the project even­tu­ally cul­mi­nates into the de­sired out­come,” said Ms Mabote.

“Of the many phases in­volved in a project, the ex­e­cu­tion phase is of ut­most im­por­tance. Among other ac­tiv­i­ties, the project man­ager has to con­duct a scope con­trol, sched­ule con­trol, bud­get con­trol, and qual­ity con­trol as well as man­ag­ing the team. “

She added: “He or she has to man­age the team’s per­for­mance to en­sure the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the set goals. Dur­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of projects, Car­i­tas has to en­sure that stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing com­mu­ni­ties and fun­ders, re­ceive feed­back re­gard­ing a par­tic­u­lar project.”

CBL Act­ing Head of Project Man­age­ment Itumeleng Letšolo.

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