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Top 5 Most Beautiful Constructions Across the Globe

Premier’s goal is to help make the world a more beautiful place. We do this through assisting Contractors to complete their jobs efficiently and effectively. Here are our top 5 inspirational constructions that inspire our team and hopefully will inspire yours.

Regatta Hotel – Indonesia: This impressive hotel was designed by Atelier Enam, based on the nautical theme, where the centerpiece is an aerodynamically shaped hotel bound to be one of the most striking landscape features which overlooks the Java Sea

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Songjiang Hotel – China: Located in the city of Shanghai in the Songjiang district – this 400 bedroom resort is situated in a 100m deep quarry. Some features include sport facilities, cafes and an underwater public area where guestrooms will face an aquarium wall of aquatic life.

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Russia Tower – Moscow: This skyscraper was planned for the Moscow International Centre. Construction began in 2007 and is expected to be completed in 2016. This tower will stand 1,180 ft. and will contain 118 floors, 101 elevators and will hold a maximum capacity of 30,000 people.

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Mecca Royal Tower – Saudi Arabia: This building complex in Mecca is part of the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project that strives to modernize the holy city. This complex holds world records, such as the tallest hotel in the world, tallest clock and also the world’s largest floor area.

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Zhuhai Macau Bridge – Hong Kong: This bridge is an ongoing construction project which will consist of a series of bridges and tunnels that will connect Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai – the three major cities on the Pearl River in Eastern Asia. The proposed 50 km link is expected to cost a total of $10.7 Billion USD. The project is expected to complete in 2016.

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Premier is constantly working towards making the world around us, more beautiful…We do this by:

  • Helping Contractors stay organized which leads to faster job completion.
  • Premier helps Owners and Project Managers keep track of their costs and billings on all jobs, making them more efficient.
  • We also take pride in the unique way we have integrated job costing and accounting which makes double entry to record these components obsolete.
  • We have ensured that our software is available anywhere around the world by creating a product that is true cloud, this way, anyone requiring access to a job can have it, no matter where or when they require information.
  • Premier is also extremely flexible and completely configurable which means any General Contractor can embrace the software and make it their own.

Premier’s goal as a software provider is to assist Contractors in any way they can to conduct business efficiently and effectively which in turn helps to increase our world’s beauty, one project at a time.

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Premier Team Hits the Field – Habitat For Humanity GTA

On Tuesday May 19th, the Premier Team put on their hardhats, construction boots and gloves and made their way over to the Brimley Rd. Construction Site to partake in the “Adopt-a-Day Program”. This program offers volunteers the chance to adopt a “build” day and participate among many other volunteers across the GTA. With the combination of teamwork, optimism and dedication, by the end of the day the drywall component at the Brimley Rd. Construction Site was well on its way. Volunteering time and providing financial support can create a tremendous difference.

 

An impact study conducted on Habitat Toronto Partner Families in 2012 revealed how affordable home ownership strengthens communities and opens doors for low-income youth:

 

  • 76% of homeowners report an improvement in children’s school grades
  • 81% report an improvement in children’s social lives
  • 92% of respondents say they will remain in their HFHT home for a very long time or can’t imagine ever moving

 

Everyone on the Premier team can agree that this experience was very positive and provided them with an entirely different outlook on how important it is to help break down the cycle of poverty. This program also offers anyone the opportunity to continue to volunteer- simply sign up online using the volunteer scheduler.

 

Remember, a little bit goes a long way!

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WHAT IS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY ALL ABOUT? Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area (Habitat GTA) is a non-profit housing organization that mobilizes volunteers and community partners to provide affordable housing and promote home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. Founded on Christian principles, we welcome all people without discrimination to join us as we build simple, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with low-income families. By owning their own home, families are able to achieve greater stability, and improve their overall health, while building equity for their future.

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Overview on the Structure and Content of PMBOK, PRINCE2 and ICB

PMBOK, PRINCE2 and ICB are the most recognized standards for managing projects around the globe, however, in America, Asia and Africa most of the projects are managed based on the PMBOK approach, whereas in Europe and Australia most of the projects are managed based on the PRINCE2 and ICB approach.

 

As a project management team member you need to understand the structure and content of these standards in order for figure out which one is the best match for your project or organization and here we provide you a brief overview on each as a good starting point.

 

STRUCTURE of PMBOK GUIDE (5th EDITION): PMBOK stands for Project Management Body of Knowledge and PMBOK guide (5th edition) which is a knowledge based standard for managing projects published by Project Management Institute (PMI) in USA and vastly using in North America and Asia.

 

10 KNOWLEDGE AREAS, 5 PROCESS GROUPS and 47 PROCESSES

The PMBOK guide is valuable as it contains 10 knowledge areas to help with project management. This include: 1- Project Integration Management 2- Project Scope Management 3- Project Time Management 4- Project Cost Management 5- Project Quality Management 6- Project Human Resource Management 7- Project Communication Management 8- Project Risk Management 9- Project Procurement Management 10- Project Stakeholder Management.

The PMBOK guide has 5 process groups including: Initiating, Planning, Execution, Monitoring & Controlling and Closing. Keep in your mind these are not the project phases but rather process groups.

By considering the 10 knowledge areas and 5 process groups, the PMBOK guide introduces 47 processes for managing the projects and each process consists of a number of Inputs, Tools & Techniques and Outputs.

Some of the processes have a number of similar inputs and outputs while the outputs of some processes could be used as the inputs for another processes. Tailoring also is recommended action in using PMBOK guide for managing the projects. Project Managers use 47 processes to manage the mentioned 10 knowledge areas in their projects.

 

STRUCTURE of (PRINCE2:2009): PRINCE2 stands for PRojects IN Controlled Environment and PRINCE2:2009 is a methodology base standard for managing projects published by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) in UK and vastly using by European countries.

 

7 PRINCIPLES, 7 THEMES and 7 PROCESSES

 

PRINCE2 is designed based on 7 PRINCIPLES: 1- Continued business justification 2- Learn from experience 3- Defined roles and responsibilities 4- Manage by stages 5- Manage by exception 6- Focus on products 7- Tailor to suit the project environment.

 

Applying these 7 principles are mandatory if you want to use PRINCE2 methodology for managing your projects.

 

PRINCE2 design is also based on 7 THEMES including: 1- Business Case 2- Organization 3- Quality 4- Plans 5- Risk 6- Change 7- Progress and for each THEME, PRINCE2 explains: 1- Purpose 2- Definition 3- The PRINCE2 approach 4- Responsibilities based on the roles.

 

The last element of PRINCE2 is based on 7 PROCESSES including: 1- Starting up a project 2- Directing a Project 3- Initiating a project 4- Controlling a stage 5- Managing product delivery 6- Managing a stage boundary 7- Closing a project and for each PROCESS, PRINCE2 explains: 1-  Purpose 2- Objective 3- Context 4- Needed activities.

 

 

STRUCTURE of ICB (Version 3.0): ICB stands for IPMA Competence Baseline which acts as a baseline for project management competencies published by International Project Management Association (IPMA) in Netherland and after PRINCE2 it is the most recognized reference for managing the projects in Europe.

 

20 TECHNICAL, 15 BEHAVIORAL and 11 CONTEXTUAL COMPETENCIES

 

ICB (V 3.0) has three main elements such as: 1- Technical competence elements 2- Behavioral competence elements 3- Contextual competence elements and by putting all of these three elements together ICB (V 3.0) it introduces the EYE of Competence.

 

For Technical competence, ICB covered 20 elements, including: 1- Project Management Success 2- Interested Parties 3- Project Requirements and objectives 4- Risk & opportunity 5- Quality 6- Project Organization 7- Teamwork 8- Problem resolution 9- Project Structures 10- Scope & deliverables 11- Time & Project Phases 12- Resources 13- Cost & finance 14- Procurement & contract 15- Changes 16- Control & reports 17- Information & documentation 18- Communication 19- Start-up 20- Close-out.

 

For each technical element the most important sections which ICB provides, include: 1- An overview to understand the meaning and application of that element 2- Possible process steps to apply the element in managing the projects 3- Main relations to the other competence elements.

 

For Behavioral competence, ICB covers 15 elements, such as: 1- Leadership 2- Engagement & motivation 3- Self-Control 4- Assertiveness 5- Relaxation 6- Openness 7- Creativity 8- Results orientation 9- Efficiency 10- Consultation 11- Negotiation 12- Conflict and Crisis 13- Reliability 14- Value appreciation 15- Ethics.

 

For each behavioral element the most important sections which ICB provides, are: 1- an overview to understand the meaning and application of that element 2- Possible process steps to apply the element in managing the projects 3- Main relations to the other competence elements 4- Behavioral Patterns in terms of “Adequate behaviors” and “Behaviors requiring improvement”.

 

For Contextual competence, ICB covers 11 elements, such as: 1- Project orientation 2- Program orientation 3- Portfolio orientation 4- Project, program & portfolio implementation 5- Permanent Organization 6- Business 7- Systems, products & technology 8- Personnel management 9- Health, security & environment 10- Finance 11- Legal.

 

For each contextual element the most important sections which ICB provides, are: 1- An overview to understand the meaning and application of each element 2- Possible process steps to apply the element in managing the projects 3- Main relations to the other competence elements.

 

 

In conclusion, it is recommended is to establish a common language between the project management team members by registering them in PMBOK, PRINCE2 and ICB workshops to understand the concept and structure of each standard.

 

Once the language is defined, it is important to design a common process for managing the projects by combining the knowledge of PMBOK, methodology of PRINCE2 and competencies of ICB.

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The Hidden CEO of Constellation Software, Mark Leonard

For the past 19 years, Mark Leonard has been building Constellation Software (CSU.TO) into one of the most successful software companies in Canada, and yet you probably don’t know much about him. He’s managed to avoid the spotlight completely, to the point where it is even difficult to find a picture of him online.  In today’s age of social media and rampant press, it’s actually a pretty incredible feat that he’s accomplished.

Joe Chidley recently wrote an article for The Globe and Mail titled “Constellation Software’s Elusive CEO,” which probably contains the most information about Mark Leonard ever published and made available to the public.

“He is probably the most intensely private individual in IT,” says one long-time associate.

Why the preferred anonymity though? The Globe and Mail unsuccessfully tried to get an interview, and within 30 minutes Mark Leonard replied by email.

“Kind of you to offer,” he replied, “but I discovered when I was in the venture business that interviews aren’t for me. What little I have to say, I generally put in my letters to shareholders. I do occasionally speak with students, but usually in the vain hope that I can distract them from pursuing careers in investment banking and private equity.”

Whether it’s in the public eye or not, there’s no disputing Mark Leonard’s success with Constellation Software. Constellation’s stock has grown at a faster rate than Google or Apple and is continuously growing. Owning companies in 60 different markets and raking in over $1.2 billion (U.S.) in sales in 2013, Constellation Software is definitely a Canadian heavyweight and a company to look out for.

 

Source: Chidley, Joe. “Constellation Software’s elusive CEO.” The Globe and Mail[Toronto] 24 Apr. 2014: n. pag. The Globe and Mail. Web. 15 July 2014.