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?

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?

Contract Management Process

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

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

Past Plans – Source for Turnaround Lessons Learned

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

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 2 – Contractors

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

Owners and Contractors – Managing a Dynamic Tension – Part 1 – Owner Sites

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

Organic Work Flow – in 5 Stages and Gates

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