Is there really a need for a single Integrated Project Management System? To answer this, we'll first review the typical project or turnaround management landscape. A project passes through multiple stages during its lifecycle. These stages vary for each business and each project or program type, but basically they fall into the following 6 stages: … Continue reading Is Integrated Project Management necessary?
Any one in your team can access your ERP, or other corporate system, to write a work order or a job order, or notification to initiate a scope of work. The reception yard in the diagram illustrates the multiple sources (ex. Operations, Reliability, Inspection, HSE, Engineering, etc.) of work order generation. Each work order is, … Continue reading Marshalling your Work Scope
It's Sunday morning. You decide to make breakfast. That's your scope. You enjoy making breakfast, then you enjoy eating it. Then you settle down to binge-watch a favorite show. But wait - you need to clean up the kitchen first. Is that added scope? Or should it have been included in your original scope? Probably … Continue reading Scope Creep – sound creepy? It does not have to be.
Your business uses services and products from vendors of all stripes: your fleet of vehicles is supplied by a dealership (like a Ford or Chrysler or GM dealership); your internet and phone access is supplied by a communications services company (like Comcast or Telus); your computers and office equipment are obtained from an office-supplies company … Continue reading Who should provide your business apps?
You have 2 years to your next planned outage or turnaround. We'll review why the number of qualified people working on each of your stakeholder teams is your first opportunity to ensure success by ensuring your team is Ready for the turnaround's Execution stage. And, we'll also review how you can empower them with technology … Continue reading What drives, or impedes, Readiness?
A good friend, and a solid expert in turnaround management, John McLay, published Practical Management for Plant Turnarounds. This guide is chock-full of useful methods and techniques gleaned from a career spent working on real turnarounds. His presentations and workshops continue to be well-attended around the world. The cover of this book speaks eloquently to … Continue reading Integrate your Team
On ramps provide a space for you to accelerate gradually up to the speed of the prevailing traffic on a freeway. Once you are at speed, merging is easy and you are soon 'going with the flow'. Sounds simple, and so it should be in getting up to speed with your 'digital project'. What's a … Continue reading Riding the On Ramp to a Digital Project
A recent post referenced a reality facing many experts in business today - they are 'aging-out' of the workforce, mostly involuntarily. Thinking about the last 40 years, the period of their professional life experiences, what value added can they provide to the next decade of evolution in the business world? To answer this, I prepared … Continue reading Aging and Business Solution Evolution
Loss Control through Corrective Action implementation is a, not unexpected, benefit of digitally transforming your business processes to improve data integration and collaboration. DNV's Systematic Cause Analysis Technique, also known as SCAT, is an effective and widely used technique that is pressed into service following a job site incident. It's intent is focused on on-going … Continue reading Proactive Loss Control with Corrective Actions
A single number to indicate your turnaround or project's state of health, is the CPI or Cost Performance Index. If this number looks good, meaning that it is > 1, it means you are getting more done (earned) with less time (burned or incurred hours) and less cost, which in turn means that the project … Continue reading Avoid the Burn – fix your Earned/Burned Disconnect