Evaluate and Fix Your Technology Gap

Five Stages to Manage your Turnaround, Project or Program Five Stages It sounds pretty easy: Follow the 5 stages. Do the right things in each stage. And it all comes together: your project, turnaround or maintenance program is on target with respect to your 5 key areas of concern: Safety, Quality, Environment, Schedule and Cost. … Continue reading Evaluate and Fix Your Technology Gap

Progress Reporting

Stage Flow Diagram It's time to improve your progress reporting game. And it's not hard to do.  You rightly spend a lot of time preparing to do the work in the 3 preparation stages ahead of the execution stage.  Your current work flow, as shown in the diagram, includes: 1. Strategic Stage - review whether … Continue reading Progress Reporting

Owners and Contractors – Managing a Dynamic Tension – Part 3 – B2B Synergy

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" expresses the basic meaning of synergy. Owners and Contractors, and their Vendors each operate with their procedures. And they need each other. Would linking some of their processes, electronically, provide avenues to save each from wasted, redundant effort? This is not a new idea. What … Continue reading Owners and Contractors – Managing a Dynamic Tension – Part 3 – B2B Synergy

Leveraging Compliance to Succeed

Picture: courtesy of vijilan.com The Challenge Complying with company, project and regulatory standards and procedures is often viewed as an onerous set of constraints that are superimposed on the project team's mission. We'll show that, by using, i.e. leveraging and integrating, these standards and procedures from the outset, project teams are assured that they are … Continue reading Leveraging Compliance to Succeed

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

Digital Integration: One Solution – Many Apps

Digital integration is baked into the DNA of the TWIST (TeamWork's Integrated Solution Technology) solution.  This makes TWIST a simple and coordinated gateway for your team to benefit from digital integration. Collaboration between team members improves dramatically. TWIST helps you to manage most of your normal business processes in a single integrated solution.  This keeps … Continue reading Digital Integration: One Solution – Many Apps

The project ecosystem

Projects evolve, are configured, then executed, and finally completed within a set of company or agency’s business processes. Whether well-defined or not, all of the processes involved in a project combine to define the project’s ecosystem. This post discusses traits of project ecosystems that are common today and discusses how a better, more integrated ecosystem … Continue reading The project ecosystem

It’s Time to Stop Simply Making Do

At the recent American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers' (afpm) Reliability and Maintenance Conference in San Antonio, I noticed a theme—turnaround, project, and maintenance managers are challenged to do more work while maintaining and running assets. That work could include improved scope development starting 18 months prior to the turnaround, risk analysis, tracking lessons learned, improved … Continue reading It’s Time to Stop Simply Making Do

Which work management solution you use doesn’t matter—it’s the process that’s important.

A review of project management and maintenance management-related discussions on the web indicates a consistent trend: experienced users avoid mentioning specific tool vendors or specific controls software solutions and tools. The following is a typical statement: “It doesn’t matter what solution or software you use—what is important is the process and that you follow.” The … Continue reading Which work management solution you use doesn’t matter—it’s the process that’s important.

Solutions and Apps for Managing Work

Introduction: What is Work Management? We all spend some part of our day doing work. The work might depend on walk-in customers, so you can’t predict the number you’ll have in a day. You work as required. A park ranger, for example, measures the work by the traffic through the park, and requirements that may … Continue reading Solutions and Apps for Managing Work