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?
Imagine your project or turnaround scope is a 100 yard field.Your objective is to get all 100 or 1000 of your packages from one end of that field to the other.They have to pass through each of 5 Stages, gaining 20 yards as they complete each Stage. This is the challenge facing project and turnaround … Continue reading Going for the Whole 100 yards – 100% of the Time
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
This is the first in a series of blog articles outlining steps that we take to get ready for the Chocolate Plant's Dry Line Turnaround. It is day Minus 20 - 20 days to the turnaround. Some basics about the demo This plant is fictitious and, while we try to be realistic with the sample … Continue reading Chocolate Plant Dry Line Turnaround Demo: Day Minus 20
Building and operating a chocolate processing plant is an odd task for a company whose tech has been used to manage turnarounds in excess of $30 million and projects that exceeded $2 billion. Software companies don’t tend to have a lot in common with chocolatiers or confectioners. At TeamWork Group we know that the business … Continue reading Why Is This Tech Company Building a Chocolate Processing Plant?
Picture: courtesy of Anand Subramaniam Our Challenges To manage routine maintenance work, my plant has an ERP - enterprise resource planning - system, that has all of our plant's maintainable equipment defined. We have had this system for many years. Our corporate technology team implemented this system and we were determined to use it as … Continue reading Challenges in Managing Routine Maintenance Work
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
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