Project Delivery Risk Management


By Mr. Trevor Mpatsi

Cranefield College of Project and Programme Management

South Africa


In the management of projects, the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) principles were identified as being critical to the collective project management techniques available to professional consultants in the built environment. The reason for the lack of effective management in the execution of projects in the built environment including the effects of risk management on project teams within the built environment working towards the successful delivery of their project’s was studied and investigated through empirical research.

The study aimed to contribute to the built environment as this sector had been identified as being complex, with it being spread out across many professional disciplines with different objectives and ways of achieving them.  Both conventional and new construction management technologies were discussed in an effort to capture the operational environment within the built environment.

The findings and recommendations from the research were that organisational behaviour in the context of an evolving dynamic environment, cannot be managed in isolation as the project life-cycle may not allow for elaborate and time consuming interventions.  Inclusive and collaborative mechanisms are essential to the successful delivery of projects.


The research problem researched was as follows: The impact of poor lines of responsibility in the project environment culminating in project delivery risk.  The research was conducted within the built environment community; particularly those exposed to the NEC Form of Contract and exposed to collaborative types of construction delivery methodology.  The research objectives were guided by best practice guidelines determined by the ISO and the Department of National Treasury.  South Africa is a signatory to the ISO guidelines and these guidelines are also incorporated into the National Treasury guidelines.


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Editor’s note: This paper was recently prepared for a MCom Project Management degree course in Project Risk Delivery Management at Cranefield College of Project and Programme Management in South Africa.

About the author

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Johannesburg, South Africa

A Chartered Construction Manager & Builder by profession, Trevor Mpatsi has worked extensively within the Southern African region, and completed a number of projects in Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.  Trevor has amassed a wealth of technical and managerial experience to date, and has been recognised as a programme and project management practitioner in the built environment.  He is currently employed as a Construction Project Manager in Johannesburg.

In his career as a Project Manager, Trevor has been engaged as a Project Manager within the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) New Universities project team, Capital Projects Programme at the University of Witwatersrand and in the commercial and retail sector executing various construction projects.  Trevor has been instrumental in driving the technical and quality management assurance processes within the programme of projects he is involved with.  In his various roles he has driven the application of best practice measures that have enabled and facilitated an environment where the project stakeholders are encouraged to work for the benefit of each other, taking into consideration the project objectives.

He has served as the Chairman for the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB) in Gauteng, a council member for the CIOB Africa region and is a committee member in the Construction Management Development Committee.  Trevor can be contacted at [email protected]