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34th ACPM-CIC: AGILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT APPROACH TO DISASTER MANAGEMENT

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Date(s) - Aug 11, 2022
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Responding to the Impact of Severe Weather Conditions

PROBLEM STATEMENT.

The project management (PM) response to flood damages to infrastructure is influenced by time, scope and nature of challenges and remedial action deployed by relevant entities. Recent events in South Africa and further afield show that natural disasters are increasing. South Africa has recorded severe weather events classified as the National State of Disaster because of the impact on various municipalities of KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape and other provinces. Consequently, the management of post-disaster activities is a priority for all (the government at multiple levels, response agencies and aid organisations). As shown in KwaZulu Natal and various provinces, the inherent complexities of the field render current approaches ineffective. Traditional Project Management (TPM) is beneficial because it offers measured and established tools and techniques relevant to specific knowledge areas. However, the breadth of TPM application to flood damages to infrastructure is restrictive.

This CIC will examine:

  1. What are the strengths and weaknesses of TPM and agile project management (APM)?
  2. What are the similarities and differences between TPM and APM?
  3. How is the APM strength leveraged in NDM? Hint: Lessons from other countries or projects.
  4. How suitable is APM for natural disaster management (NDM)? Hint: adaptability and flexibility?