Project Development and Delivery Model (PDDM) Project

Streamlining and standardizing project delivery practices on Edmonton’s capital projects.

Project overview

The Project Development and Delivery Model (PDDM) project set out to develop and implement a Phase-Gate model approach to capital infrastructure project management for the City of Edmonton’s Integrated Infrastructure Services (IIS). The PDDM was developed through an extensive, collaborative process, engaging various City departments and based on industry best practices.  SMA performed current state analysis, researched and recommended best practices, and developed the process that was adopted as City policy before helping with implementation and training.

Challenge

The Project Development and Delivery Model (PDDM) project set out to develop and implement a Phase-Gate model approach to capital infrastructure project management for the City of Edmonton’s Integrated Infrastructure Services (IIS). The PDDM was developed through an extensive, collaborative process, engaging various City departments and based on industry best practices.  SMA performed current state analysis, researched and recommended best practices, and developed the process that was adopted as City policy before helping with implementation and training.

Solution

SMA’s role included conducting interviews regarding current practices and making recommendations in alignment with best practices as to possible improvements to streamline and/or standardize different project delivery practices within the branches of IIS. The model component involved developing a high-level process model, including options for the funding model, resources for the capital plan, and the approval process for a phase-gate method. SMA conducted a review of IIS organization and resources to determine how the development of projects and project delivery can be improved in each of the branches of IIS and for different asset types.

Results

The methodology included information-gathering, process development, and achieving collaborative interdepartmental alignment. SMA provided a project summary report that outlined the proposed process which was affirmed by the City and adopted as policy by Council. The second phase of the PDDM project included refining, training, and implementation of the PDDM across IIS.

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