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Challenges in Smart Grid Project Execution: View from a Manager

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By Chandan Lal Patary

Bangalore, India
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Abstract

Smart grid projects have drastically changing the power industries and consumers over the last couple of years. Due to such Initiatives, the environment is benefiting from reductions in peak demand, the proliferation of renewable power sources, and a corresponding reduction in emissions of CO2 as well as pollutants such as mercury. Consumers are gaining greater control over their energy costs, including generating their own power, while realizing the benefits of a more reliable grid. Utilities are undergoing lower distribution losses, deferred capital expenditures and reduced maintenance costs. Information technology and operation technology converge to close the loop of automation, control and data acquisition and help faster response times, improved business operations with actionable priorities.

“Smart” phone these days means a phone with a computer in it; smart grid means “computerizing” the electric utility grid. Technologies are penetrating much deeper and improving productivity. Large scale technology deployment requires continuous engagement with the customer, and the regulatory environment is stringent with acceptance criteria for successful project completion in the smart grid area.

Smart grid related projects for last couple of years have significantly improved the power grid system. Aging infrastructure, constrained technical resources, pressure on operations and maintenance expenses, compliance requirements, the costs of unplanned outages, and the need for grid reliability are driving investments in asset health management.

This paper discusses:

  • Various product-program-project management challenges handled by the team and how to overcome with speed of execution?
  • Stakeholder management (tough customer) and stakeholder’s satisfaction with value generation?
  • Framework to follow to achieve smarter, more cost effective and more reliable operation?
  • Domain challenges, people challenges, technology challenges, process challenges, regulatory challenges to look into which are critical to the project?
  • How agile best practices, develops, gamification theme improves agility and in-house operation efficiency?

Keywords: Information technology and Operation technology, Internet of Things

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About the Author

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Bangalore, India

Mr. Chandan Lal Patary is currently working as an agile coach and Global Program manager at ABB. He has deep experience in developing Software products across various domains and has successfully executed many Projects. Chandan has worked on domain like Healthcare, Aerospace, Building automation, Power automation, Industrial Automaton under real time mission critical product development to large scale application development. Chandan has 16+ years of industry experience. He is certified PMP from 2008, Green Belt certified holder from 2005. Chandan is an agile practioner and Certified Scrum Master from 2011. Chandan holds a Bachelor’s from National Institute of Technology (National Institute of Technology – Agartala, Tripura) in Electrical Engineering-1998. He has completed one year Executive General Management program from Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore, Karnataka in 2007. He has published several management papers. He can be contacted through email/LinkedIn: [email protected]

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