Are You Playing Baseball on a Dodecahedron?

If covering the bases, in your project, program or event, seems hard, it is because those bases are on different fields! The dodecahedron shown here represents 12 different fields. And, some of those fields are not visible! This list of 12 different functional systems commonly used to manage your project, program or turnaround event indicates … Continue reading Are You Playing Baseball on a Dodecahedron?

Going for the Whole 100 yards – 100% of the Time

Imagine your project or turnaround scope is a 100 yard field.Your objective is to get all 100 or 1000 of your packages from one end of that field to the other.They have to pass through each of 5 Stages, gaining 20 yards as they complete each Stage. This is the challenge facing project and turnaround … Continue reading Going for the Whole 100 yards – 100% of the Time

Who is in your project, program or event team?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTcRRaXV-fg If you've seen this classic, it's timeless, so you'll get a kick out of watching it again. If you haven't, you're in for a treat. Who's who? It's important to know who all of your team members are and their roles. Then you can ensure that each has the tools they need to deliver … Continue reading Who is in your project, program or event team?

Chocolate Plant Dry Line Turnaround Demo: Day Minus 20

This is the first in a series of blog articles outlining steps that we take to get ready for the Chocolate Plant's Dry Line Turnaround. It is day Minus 20 - 20 days to the turnaround. Some basics about the demo This plant is fictitious and, while we try to be realistic with the sample … Continue reading Chocolate Plant Dry Line Turnaround Demo: Day Minus 20

Why Is This Tech Company Building a Chocolate Processing Plant?

Building and operating a chocolate processing plant is an odd task for a company whose tech has been used to manage turnarounds in excess of $30 million and projects that exceeded $2 billion. Software companies don’t tend to have a lot in common with chocolatiers or confectioners. At TeamWork Group we know that the business … Continue reading Why Is This Tech Company Building a Chocolate Processing Plant?

An Uncommon Common Platform

Common Platforms What is 'common' in common platforms? Let's review a few familiar common platforms and discuss what's needed to keep participants onside.Your favorite sports team plays on a common platform: a court, a field, a pitch, a diamond, a pool, a course or even a tour. Each of the depicted layouts is a 'common … Continue reading An Uncommon Common Platform

Your Company, Your Tech

Flexibility and Governance: A Necessary Trade-Off for Using Data? In a world full of hard decisions, we are often required to compromise between what appear to be two undesirable alternatives. Most often, these problems are resolved by accepting a little of the ‘bad’ alongside what is, ideally, a larger helping of the ‘good’. The hope … Continue reading Your Company, Your Tech

Challenges in Managing Routine Maintenance Work

Picture: courtesy of Anand Subramaniam Our Challenges To manage routine maintenance work, my plant has an ERP - enterprise resource planning - system, that has all of our plant's maintainable equipment defined.  We have had this system for many years.  Our corporate technology team implemented this system and we were determined to use it as … Continue reading Challenges in Managing Routine Maintenance Work

From Project Scheduling to BPM – an Organic Evolution

One step at a time "How did you guys go from Project Scheduling to BPM (Business Process Management)?"  This is a logical question. This post illustrates the logical steps that pushed us from Project Scheduling to BPM.  We had no idea at the outset that this would happen.  In hindsight, it seems logical that it … Continue reading From Project Scheduling to BPM – an Organic Evolution

The Missing Bridge to your Successful Strategy? Logistics!

Company websites and literature loudly toot their Corporate Objectives, their Mission Statements, and offer nice 'sound bite' forward-looking comments. What's not so clear is the means that they employ to get to the ends that they seek, or that they will employ to meet the customer's needs. Each company or agency or institution has strategic … Continue reading The Missing Bridge to your Successful Strategy? Logistics!