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

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

Simplify

Simplify. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? The challenge? Make our user tools simpler. Examples of these simple tools abound. Steve Job’s design-oriented approach has led to innumerable simple apps that even children can use with no training. And yet, our industry (involving project, cost, asset, maintenance, people, materials, reliability, earned value management) continues to be plagued … Continue reading Simplify

Buy a BIG box solution, build your own, or move to Web 2.0?

The Problem Ever since the immortal promise of "information at your fingertips" that Microsoft made in the 1990s, people have been able to truly manage their own data and have their information at their fingertips. The MS Office suite of software tools has performed a huge supporting role in this arena. MS Word lets you … Continue reading Buy a BIG box solution, build your own, or move to Web 2.0?