City releases update on construction project management

Guelph, Ont., October 3, 2017– The City of Guelph has released its second Corporate Project Management Office (CPMO) annual report updating citizens on its project management and risk mitigation process related to construction projects.

The City of Guelph engaged Deloitte in 2014 to address how it manages large scale construction projects. Deloitte’s assessment included a Capital Risk Assessment Report, outlining 18 recommendations and guidelines. The City started implementing new processes as per the recommendations in late 2015 and this work continues today through the Corporate Project Management Office.

Included in this report is the City’s progress on the 18 recommendations made by Deloitte. To date, two recommendations have been fully completed, 13 are substantially underway and three are set to start in 2018.

Updates on the recommendations include:

  • Establishing a project management office that provides leadership, best practices, research and mentoring for the organization to successfully execute projects
  • Developing a way to categorize projects into three tiers based on risk and complexity
  • Creating and implementing a formal risk management approach scalable to each tier
  • Developing and implementing tools, templates and reporting requirements that are scalable for projects tier
  • Training staff who are involved in capital project delivery to build greater understanding of risk management

Through the Corporate Project Management Office, the City has developed new standards reflecting Deloitte’s recommendations. A key resource is the newly rolled out Project and Program Management Toolkit (PPM Toolkit) that contains corporate standards and tools to maintain consistency across projects.

“The rigorous project and risk management practices we have implemented speak to the level of commitment from across the organization to ensure our construction projects continue to be well managed,” said Scott Stewart, deputy chief administrative officer, Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services.

Guelph continues to evolve the way capital projects are managed. Over the next 10 years, the City will spend more than $950 million to plan, design and build over 300 capital projects.

Resources

2017 Corporate Project Management Office Annual Report
Deloitte’s Capital Risk Assessment Report
Understanding Capital Projects

For more information

Tomoko King, Manager, Corporate Project Management Office
Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise (IDE)
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3340
tomoko.king@guelph.ca