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Herman Steyn

Professor
University of Pretoria

Herman is an experienced engineer, project manager and academic. He has been involved in projects in industry since 1975. He has conducted more than 200 seminars in project management and has led several PhD studies in the field of project management.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Project Management;
    Implementing strategy by means of Project Portfolio Management;
    Project Management Offices (PMOs);
    Project planning and control

Websites

Books

Featured Title
 Featured Title - Project Management for Engineering 6e: Nicholas & Steyn - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

SAIIE NeXXXt

BALANCING LEADERSHIP STYLES BASED ON PROJECT TYPE AND LIFE CYCLE PHASES: A MODEL


Published: Dec 16, 2020 by SAIIE NeXXXt
Authors: Suzaan Pretorius, Taryn Jane Bond-Barnard, Herman Steyn, Tanita Cronjé

With the current trend towards empowered teams, hierarchical company structures are increasingly being replaced by team-based ones. As a result, a shift in the classic understanding of leadership is needed and research on leadership in project management is increasing.

International Journal of Project Management

The impact of a call centre on communication in a programme and its projects


Published: Dec 16, 2020 by International Journal of Project Management
Authors: Taryn Jane Bond-Barnard, Herman Steyn, Inger Fabris-Rotelli
Subjects: Business, Management and Accounting

Call centres are increasingly being utilised in public sector programmes to facilitate and manage communication between numerous stakeholders. Yet, the impact of call centres on projects has not been investigated. This paper reports on a survey with 92 respondents that assessed the impact of a call centre for a repair and maintenance programme.

International Journal of Project Management

Project management applications of the theory of constraints beyond critical chain scheduling


Published: Dec 16, 2020 by International Journal of Project Management
Authors: Herman Steyn
Subjects: Business, Management and Accounting

Applications of TOC (Theory of Constraints) to Project Management.

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

An exploratory case study to validate a method for investigating the role of PMOs in knowledge transfer


Published: Aug 16, 2020 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: B Tshuma, H Steyn, CC van Waveren

A conceptual model for the role of a project management office (PMO) in improving the usability of knowledge that is transferred between projects is proposed, and a method to investigate the role of PMOs in knowledge transfer is validated. The case of a PMO in a multinational engineering company was selected

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

Effect of scope readiness on capital projects in mining: a Namibian case study


Published: May 16, 2019 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: TS Kagogo, H Steyn

This article examines the relationship between the readiness of scope descriptions and the success of projects in the Namibian mining industry. A survey was conducted on ten projects in seven Namibian mining companies. The Project Definition Readiness Index (PDRI) tool was used...

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

Leadership styles in projects: current trends and future opportunities


Published: Nov 16, 2018 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: Suzaan Pretorius, Herman Steyn, Taryn Jane Bond-Barnard

Traditionally, leadership has been seen as a vertical relationship (top-down influence). For a number of decades, this vertical leadership model has been the principal one in the leadership field; but lately, shared and balanced leadership have gained importance, especially in the project management literature.

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

The megaproject sponsor as leader


Published: Nov 16, 2018 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: W Louw, J Wium, H Steyn, W Gevers

Attributes of project sponsors on megaprojects and their effect on project success

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

The role played by PMOs in the transfer of knowledge between projects: A conceptual framework


Published: Aug 16, 2018 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: B Tshuma, H Steyn, C Van Waveren

Knowledge transfer across projects is thus an important and decisive competitive factor. However, project teams typically focus on short-term project goals, and often fail to regard capturing and transferring project knowledge between projects as important for the long-term benefit of the organisation. This theoretical study argues that Project Management Offices (PMOs) play an important role by supporting and facilitating the flow of knowledge between projects

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

Linking trust and collaboration in project teams to project management success


Published: May 08, 2018 by International Journal of Managing Projects in Business
Authors: Taryn Jane Bond-Barnard, Lizelle Fletcher, Herman Steyn
Subjects: Business, Management and Accounting

The purpose of this paper is to emphasise the importance of high levels of trust and collaboration for increasing the likelihood of project management (PM) success. However, the link between these three constructs remains unclear.

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

Exploring project-related factors that influence leadership styles and their effect on project performance: A conceptual framework


Published: Dec 16, 2017 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: S Pretorius, H Steyn, TJ Bond-Barnard

Vertical, shared and horizontal leadership styles are at the forefront these days, especially in project management literature. Several factors play a role in determining an appropriate balance between these leadership styles. The factors include the type of project, the stage in the project life cycle, the project management maturity of the organization, and the level of trust and collaboration

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

Knowledge-sharing within the project-based organisation: a knowledge-pull framework


Published: Dec 16, 2017 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: Liezl Bell, Cornelis C Van Waveren, Herman Steyn

This paper examines mechanisms to use lessons learned on individual projects within an organization. A Delphi study highlighted the organization's responsibility for incorporating knowledge from projects into a project management methodology. Knowledge from a project should be transferred through a centralized knowledge management function

South African Journal of Information Management,

Email communication in project management: A bane or a blessing?


Published: Feb 21, 2017 by South African Journal of Information Management,
Authors: MC Smit, TJ Bond-Barnard, H Steyn, I Fabris-Rotelli

This study investigates the preference of email communication relative to other communication mediums in project environments and the effect of email communication on feelings of stress and overload in the workplace.

Acta  Structillia

Exploring the influence of instant messaging and video conferencing on the quality of project communication


Published: Dec 16, 2016 by Acta Structillia
Authors: TJ Bond-Barnard, L Fletcher, H Steyn

Growth in computer-mediated communication (CMC) technologies such as instant messaging (IM) and video conferencing (VC) has led to a need to explore the utilisation and influence of these tools on the quality of project communication, which must still be established

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

Exploring the use of computer-mediated video communication in engineering projects in South Africa


Published: Aug 16, 2016 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: IP Meyer, TJ Bond-Barnard, H Steyn, J Jordaan

Past research has shown that virtual teams that use computer-mediated communication (CMC) instead of face-to-face communication are less cohesive because they struggle with mistrust, controlling behaviour, and communication breakdowns. This study aims to determine whether project practitioners in South Africa perceive virtual teams that use videoconferencing as suffering from the same CMC disadvantages

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

The effect of a Project Management Office on project and organisational performance: A case study


Published: May 16, 2016 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: J. van der Linde; H. Steyn
Subjects: Business, Management and Accounting

Depending on the specific needs of the host companies, Project Management Offices (PMOs) are created and mandated for different reasons. As a result of varying mandates and functions of PMOs, there is no agreed method to determine the value of a PMO. By studying the case of an organisation that recently implemented a PMO, this paper provides some insight into ways to determine the value of a PMO. Three new methods for determining the value of a PMO are proposed.

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

The use of Earned Value Management for initiating directive project control decisions: A case study


Published: May 16, 2016 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: NH Nkiwane, WG Meyer, H Steyn

With large infrastructure backlogs in Africa, well-managed projects can play a significant role in infrastructure development. This article examines the monitoring and directive use of earned-value management (VWB) and links to project management maturity.

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

Concurrent projects: How many can you handle?


Published: Nov 16, 2015 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: Herman Steyn, R Schnetler

The number of projects a person can handle simultaneously is a relevant factor in strategic planning and in project portfolio management. Internationally the de facto standard seems to be that a person should not work on more than two or three projects simultaneously; but several factors could influence this figure.

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

Characteristics of matrix structures, and their effects on project success


Published: May 01, 2015 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: Rohann Schnetler, Herman Steyn, Paul J van Staden
Subjects: Business, Management and Accounting

This paper investigates the characteristics of matrix structures and their relationships with drivers of project success, such as communication, collaboration, and trust between project team members.

Project Management South Africa, Johannesburg

Prosperus Report: The African Edition


Published: Dec 16, 2013 by Project Management South Africa, Johannesburg
Authors: C Marnewick, L Labuschagne, M Eloff, H Steyn, P Tobin

An assessment of project management maturity in specific industries

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

Project management maturity and project management success in the engineering and construction industries in Southern Africa


Published: Jan 01, 2012 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: S Pretorius, Herman Steyn, Joyce C Jordaan
Subjects: Business, Management and Accounting

Previous studies have determined how the success of South African IT projects compares with the project management maturity of the organizations that carried out the projects. This study was conducted during 2010 in the engineering and construction industries. A structured questionnaire was distributed to 1,625 people

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

Defining 'project success' for a complex project-The case of a nuclear engineering development


Published: Dec 16, 2011 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: S I van Niekerk, Herman Steyn

The case of a nuclear engineering project was investigated to determine the relevant criteria for success for the development of complex high-tech systems.

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

Phasing technology transfer projects for sustainable socio-economic development


Published: Nov 16, 2011 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: E Beukman, H Steyn

This paper describes appropriate phases and review points (or ‘gates’) for South African projects aimed at transferring technology for socio-economic development. Data gathering was done through a Delphi survey supplemented by a focus group session

Renewable Energy

Selection of renewable energy technologies for Africa: Eight case studies in Rwanda, Tanzania and Malawi


Published: Nov 01, 2011 by Renewable Energy
Authors: Marie-Louise Barry, Herman Steyn, Alan Bren
Subjects: Business, Management and Accounting

Renewable energy technologies need to be implemented to improve the current lack of access to energy on the African continent. However, the implementation of renewable energy technologies in Africa often fails, or the technologies are found to be unsustainable in the longer term.

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

Development of a project management methodology for the consulting engineering industry


Published: May 16, 2010 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: JT Labuschagne, H Steyn

This paper describes the characteristics of a project management methodology that is currently used in the consulting engineering industry in South Africa. Based on currently-used methodologies in other industries, and on a Delphi survey conducted in several consulting engineering companies, guidelines for a project management methodology for the consulting engineering industry are proposed

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

Determining the most important factors for sustainable energy technology selection in Africa


Published: Nov 16, 2009 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: ML Barry, H Steyn, AC Brent

The supply of sustainable energy is crucial for sustainable development in Africa. The aim of the study summarised in this paper is the identification, and prioritisation, of the factors that must be taken into account when selecting the most sustainable technological systems in the African context, by applying the Delphi technique.

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

Defining 'project governance' for large capital projects


Published: Nov 01, 2009 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: MC Bekker, H Steyn

corporate governance has received ample attention. Lately the principles of governance have been applied to other management disciplines, especially project management. Especially for large capital projects the formal definition of the term 'project govern ha been largely neglected. This paper reports on exploratory work to define the concept of governance for large capital projects

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

Project management maturity: An assessment of maturity for developing pilot plants


Published: May 16, 2009 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: HK Mittermaier, Herman Steyn

Project Management Maturity and its application to pilot plants for large capital projects in the mining industry

Journal of Contemporary Management

The use of focus group technique in management research: the example of renewable technology selection in Africa


Published: Jan 16, 2009 by Journal of Contemporary Management
Authors: ML Barry, H Steyn, AC Brent

The focus group technique has been extensively used in social sciences research and in this paper its use in management research is investigated and applied. The paper further advocates the use of triangulation to improve the reliability of qualitative management research.

 Journal of Contemporary Management

Project governance : definition and framework


Published: Jan 01, 2009 by Journal of Contemporary Management
Authors: Steyn, H.; Bekker, M.C.

This paper provides a formal definition for 'project governance' based on a Delphi study. Combining the results from the Delphi study with existing corporate governance principles led to a concept project governance framework that was validated and developed further by means of two primary case studies and 15 secondary case studies.

PICMET '08 - 2008 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering & Technology

Determining the most important factors for sustainable energy technology selection in Africa: Application of the Delphi technique


Published: Dec 16, 2008 by PICMET '08 - 2008 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering & Technology
Authors: MARIE-LOUISE Barry, HERMAN Steyn, AC Brent

This study focused on the identification, and prioritisation, of the factors that must be taken into account when identifying the most sustainable technological systems in the African context. The study utilised the Delphi technique. The questionnaire of the first round was based on factors identified during a focus group exercise with energy experts. Respondents were asked to comment on the factors, add new factors, and rate all the factors.

PICMET '08 - 2008 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering & Technology

Determining the most important factors for sustainable energy technology selection in Africa: Application of the focus group technique


Published: Jul 27, 2008 by PICMET '08 - 2008 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering & Technology
Authors: ML Barry, Herman Steyn, A Brent

This study focuses on the identification of factors to be taken into account when identifying the most sustainable technological systems for Africa. Focus groups, using the nominal group technique, can be used successfully in problem definition and first order identification. The purpose of this focus group was to identify the first order factors for the study, which were then used to inform the Delphi stud

PICMET '08 - 2008 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering & Technology

The Impact of Project Governance Principles on Project Performance


Published: Jul 27, 2008 by PICMET '08 - 2008 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering & Technology
Authors: M. C. Bekker, H. Steyn

This paper provides a brief overview of how 'project governance' was defined, how a concept project governance framework (CPGF) was derived and how the principles were applied and evaluated against two primary case studies and fifteen secondary case studies.

PICMET '08 - 2008 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering & Technology

A framework for managing quality on system development projects


Published: Jul 17, 2008 by PICMET '08 - 2008 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering & Technology
Authors: Herman Steyn

In this paper a framework for managing quality on system development projects is proposed. The strong link between techniques for Project Quality Management and Project Risk Management is also highlighted.

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

Buffer sizing for the critical chain project management method


Published: May 16, 2008 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: Adrian Geekie, Herman Steyn

Methods for sizing project and feeding buffers for critical chain project management are investigated. Experiments indicate that - in the absence of bias, and for certain classes of bias - buffer consumption is independent of the mean duration of a chain.

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

A conceptual model for improved project selection and prioritisation


Published: May 01, 2007 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: H Steyn, PJ Viljoen

Project portfolio management processes are often designed and operated as a series of stages (or project phases) and gates. However, the flow of such a process is often slow, characterised by queues waiting for a gate decision and by repeated work from previous stages waiting for additional information or for re-processing.

Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

An investigation into the current practice of project portfolio selection in research and development division of the South African minerals and energy industry


Published: Oct 10, 2006 by Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Authors: KH Rutsch, PJ P.J. Viljoen, H Steyn

Project selection and the development of a portfolio of projects in line with corporate strategy is an important task of managers of research units. The projects selected have to meet the appropriate time frame for completion and delivery, a suitable risk profile and other distinct factors in order to pursue corporate objectives successfull

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

An exploratory assessment of project duration in multiple-project schedules where resources are allocated by the theory of constraints method


Published: May 01, 2006 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: S Dass, H Steyn

The theory of constraints (TOC) method for managing multiple projects provides a relatively new heuristic for allocating constrained resources to projects. In this paper literature relevant to the allocation of resources to multiple projects is first reviewed. Thereafter the TOC method for allocating resources to multiple projects is explained.

South African Journal of Business Management

Knowledge management in project environments


Published: Sep 03, 2005 by South African Journal of Business Management
Authors: CJ Pretorius, H Steyn
Subjects: Business, Management and Accounting

This paper reviews the literature on knowledge management, both in organisations in general and in project environments specifically. A framework for knowledge management is derived from literature. The paper also reports on an investigation of knowledge management practices in four cases within a single South African business environment. Knowledge management practices similar to ones reported abroad were found.

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

Comparisons between and combinations of different approaches to accelerate engineering projects


Published: Nov 01, 2003 by South African Journal of Industrial Engineering
Authors: Herman Steyn

In this article, traditional project management methods such as PERT and CPM, as well as fast-tracking and systems approaches, viz. concurrent engineering and critical chain, are reviewed with specific reference to their contribution to reducing the duration of the execution phase of engineering projects.

International Journal of Project Management

An investigation into the fundamentals of critical chain project scheduling


Published: Aug 06, 2001 by International Journal of Project Management
Authors: Herman Steyn
Subjects: Business, Management and Accounting

Project scheduling and control with Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM). The theory of constraints (TOC) is a philosophy that is used to develop specific management techniques. This paper reviews the literature on the use of TOC to project scheduling. It also investigates the assumptions and principles underlying the approach.

2nd International Symposium on Structural Intermetallics

Structure-Property-Application Relationships in Ruthenium Aluminide RuAl


Published: Jan 01, 1997 by 2nd International Symposium on Structural Intermetallics
Authors: IM Wolff, G Sauthoff, LA Cornish, HD Steyn, R Coetzee, MV Nathal, R Darolia, CT Liu, PL Martin, DB Miracle, R Wagner, M

Ternary alloying and microstructural control are key methodologies for further developing the high-temperature properties of intermetallics based on the B2 RuAl compound.

Technological Forecasting and Social Change

Technological limits and the hierarchy of product systems


Published: May 16, 1994 by Technological Forecasting and Social Change
Authors: H Steyn, G de Wet

The notion of technological limits and the concept of product system hierarchy are established in the fields of technology analysis and systems engineering, respectively. In this article an attempt is made to integrate these concepts.