Soft Skills For The Project Management Team
Saleh Mubarak, Ph.D.
- Construction project management professional, professor, consultant, author, public speaker, and trainer
- Ph.D. in civil engineering from Clemson University, USA, specialized in Construction Project Management
- Experience: 30+years, diversified:
o Industrial: private and public sectors, in the U.S. and internationally. Positions occupied include project engineer/manager, cost estimator, planner/scheduler, project controls manager, cost manager, training manager.
o Academic: faculty member/professor, head of a department.
- Extensive experience in continuing education and professional training around the world. Topics are mainly planning & scheduling, cost estimating project controls. Topics also include soft skills and their integration with project management
- Author of:
o Construction Project Scheduling and Control (currently 3rd edition, 4th edition is coming soon)
o How to Estimate with Means Data: Basic Skills for Building Construction (currently 4th edition, 5th edition is coming soon)
o Many articles; technical and other
- Many presentations in professional conferences such as PMI, AACE International, public speaker in many local, regional, and international events
- An authority on project planning, scheduling, and project control
- An advocate of holistic healthy living
This is an introductory seminar that covers a wide spectrum of soft skills everyone needs. It includes tips in areas such as time management, change management, conflict management, communications in the diverse and multi-cultural environment, leadership, team building and teamwork, and emotional intelligence. Having only 90 minutes for the entire seminar will not give enough time for each of the soft skills areas, so the seminar will “fly over” the topics focusing on their importance as well.
- Importance of “mathematical intuition” for cost estimators
- Introduction to Cost Estimating
b. Types of estimates and their uses
c. Total project cost to an owner
d. To bid or not to bid; factors impacting the decision to bid
e. Direct versus indirect cost
f. Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and the CSI MasterFormat
g. Schedule of values
- Estimating the indirect cost
a. Bonds and insurance
b. Estimating general and job/project overhead
c. Estimating profit and contingency
d. Estimating inflation/escalation
e. Allocating indirect costs
- Construction Cost Estimating
a. Estimating labor and equipment
b. Materials estimating
c. Tips on quantity take-offs
- Cost Control
a. The baseline budget
b. Progress payments
Course Level - Basic
Who Should Attend
Architects, engineers (of all disciplines), contractors, subcontractors, project managers, cost/quantity estimators, project management team members, attorneys/lawyers, executives
Why Should You Attend
This seminar will give a quick but broad and important coverage of non-technical skills for the construction project management team. These skills, often overlooked and underestimated, can be an essential ingredient in the success of the project management team. This includes hints on communications, disputes, teamwork, leadership, emotional intelligence, and others. Mishandling of an issue could lead to failure and losses.
Members of the project management team need more than just technical skills. They need other skills, especially interpersonal and soft skills that make this team act in an efficient and effective manner. It will also help in the relationship between the team members and other project participants.