PMP methodology & wind farm project management

This week I had the pleasure to pass the PMP (Project Management Professional) exam – one of the two leading certifications for project managers, the other being PRINCE2 from the UK. The exam itself is notoriously not trivial: long (200 questions in 4 hours) and based on a book very hard to read, the Project Management Body of Knowledge (“PMBoK”).

In general I would recommend it, as it provide a solid methodology together with a broad suit of concepts, tools and techniques. On top of that, a great number of terms are defined in detail and this alone is a great benefit as this facilitate the interaction with other professionals providing a common language.

Said that, and totally aware of the fact that this type of methodologies are conceived to be “not industry specific”, I believe that there are many relevant difference between the PMP concept and the way wind farm project management is today, at least seen through the eyes of Project Managers (PM) working for wind turbine manufacturers or Main Contractors.

To give some example, one of the first steps in the PMP standard is the creation of a business case for the project.  This is something that you will hardly see in wind farm construction – maybe the wind farm developer has a business case, but the company building the wind farm is selling a product (the wind turbine) and some services (BoP, installation, maintenance). No need for business justifications, this is the core business.

Additionally, in the PMP methodology the PM should start to define the scope, the deliverables, the cost baseline, etc. I believe that in general the wind industry the PM receive all this inputs from the Sales Manager and/or Tender Manager, and even if there are always open points and deliverables that need to be defined more in detail this is not the main focus of the PM.

I have also rarely seen in wind farm construction a change management system as developed as the one in the PMP standard. I do however recognize that it has a lot of sense, providing a uniformity and a logic in the way changes are analysed and approved or rejected.

Finally yet importantly, the current version of PMP (sixth edition) include a variety of Agile Development concepts. These are more relevant in software development and similar environments: onshore wind farm construction is a business where these evolutionary development and adaptive planning techniques do not usually find opportunities to be used.

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About Francesco Miceli

Hello! My name is Francesco and I'm a civil engineer specialized in EPC (that is, "turnkey") wind farms projects. I'm currently based in Hamburg, Germany and I'm developing several interesting project all around the world - southern Europe, LATAM and various other countries. If you want to contact me please don't leave a comment in the blog (I don't check them very often) - you can use the contact form. You can write me in English, Spanish and Italian. To find a (somewhat concise) description of my non-wind business activities you can visit my webpage - If you want to know more about my work, here you can download my CV - Hope you like the blog! Francesco

4 thoughts on “PMP methodology & wind farm project management

  1. Thank you for sharing this informative article on the application of the PMP methodology in wind farm project management. I understand the value of project management methodologies in achieving successful outcomes in complex projects like wind farm development.

    It's interesting to see that the PMP methodology can be applied to wind farm project management, and that it can help teams to effectively plan, execute, and monitor the various stages of wind farm development. The article does a great job of outlining how the five process groups of the PMP methodology can be applied to wind farm project management, from initiating and planning to executing, monitoring, and closing.

    I appreciate that the article provides specific examples of how the PMP methodology has been applied to wind farm projects, such as the use of risk management techniques to identify and mitigate potential risks in wind turbine installation. This information can be incredibly valuable for project managers and teams who are looking to improve their project management practices in the wind farm industry.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this article on PMP methodology in wind farm project management. As someone who is interested in the renewable energy sector and project management, I found your insights to be incredibly informative.

    I appreciated your explanation of how the PMP methodology can be applied to wind farm projects. The five stages that you outlined - initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and control, and closure - make a lot of sense and seem applicable to a wide range of projects within the renewable energy sector. I also thought your emphasis on the importance of communication and collaboration between team members was spot on. In any project, but particularly in complex ones like wind farm development, effective communication can make all the difference.

    One aspect of your article that I found particularly helpful was your discussion of the various stakeholders involved in a wind farm project. As you noted, there are many different groups - from investors to regulators to local communities - that have a stake in the success of these projects. Understanding how to effectively manage and communicate with these stakeholders is crucial to the success of the project as a whole.

    Overall, I thought your article was well-written and informative. It's clear that you have a deep understanding of project management and the renewable energy sector, and I appreciate the insights and advice that you shared. Thanks for taking the time to write this piece and share your knowledge with others in the field! ds/

  3. Thank you very much Francesco for sharing good topic.

    I am also working in wind industry as developer role. Could you or anyone have a template of Project Management Plan for a wind project to share for our good reference?

    Many thanks!

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