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?
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?
Introduction Engaging in contracts is an expensive process. And the potential for loss to the owner is significant. For this reason, having a clearly defined process that is underpinned by a system approach to managing the process is an essential prerequisite to solid contract management. And this keeps the accounting people happy at both the … Continue reading Contract Management Process
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
Learn lessons from your past plans. image: thoughtco.com The Turnaround Premise - what's the value of Past Plans? Turnarounds are intermittent projects for process plants. For this reason, you need to staff up for them, starting months before the Execution stage. To fill the required Turnaround Roles, you use a mix of in-house staff, seconded from … Continue reading Past Plans – Source for Turnaround Lessons Learned
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
This is part 2 of a 3 part series on business process management. Part 1 dealt with business processes that drive an Owner company's plant, mill or site. Part 2 deals with the business processes that drive a typical EPCM contractor company. Part 3 addresses ways that this knowledge can help them use the dynamic … Continue reading Owners and Contractors – Managing a Dynamic Tension – Part 2 – Contractors
This is part 1 of a 3 part series on business process management. Part 1 deals with business processes that drive an Owner company's plant, mill or site. Part 2 deals with the business processes that drive a typical EPCM contractor company. Part 3 addresses ways that this knowledge can help them use the dynamic … Continue reading Owners and Contractors – Managing a Dynamic Tension – Part 1 – Owner Sites
Water follows the laws of physics, and flows downhill. Likewise, work flow is driven by simple logical, almost organic, rules. Ignore the logic, or get in its way, and you have a mess. Just as you have when the natural flow of water is impeded. In our everyday lives, away from our jobs, we routinely … Continue reading Organic Work Flow – in 5 Stages and Gates
Organizing work so it can be assigned to the right people at the right time is one of the more difficult challenges of achieving plant and facilities maintenance excellence.Do your 100 team members have a clear idea of the work on their plate each day? Or when they show up for work, do they mill … Continue reading Organizing your team’s work