22 March 2019 Project Controls News

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Dear Planning Planet Member,

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WELCOME HKA AND PMWEB TO PLANNING PLANET

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We welcome HKA as a Sponsor of Planning Planet. HKA is one of the world’s leading providers of consulting, expert and advisory services for the construction and engineering industry, with over 900 professionals operating from 39 offices in 19 countries worldwide. 

HKA Tech, as part of the HKA global organization, is the largest implementing reseller of PMWeb globally. Founded in 1996, HKA Tech has completed more than 400 software implementations for the construction industry, from a few as five users to more than 2,000 users in some of the world’s largest government and private-sector organisations.  Read More

REGIONAL PROJECT CONTROLS GATHERINGS

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Project Controls Gathering - Lahore, Pakistan

We held an informative networking session with a number of interested practitioners in the city of Lahore, Pakistan in the month.  We hope this is the start of a regular facility.

We are arranging more gatherings using our network of planners and project contorllers who want to help and have a meeting so if you wish to do a presentation (on anything) get in touch with PPAdmin@planningplanet.com 

WANT TO CONNECT WITH GLOBAL ORACLE PRIMAVERA MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING SPECIALISTS?

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We are global Oracle Primavera project management and planning specialists, trusted by the Defence industry for nearly 20 years.

From nuclear submarines to aerospace propulsion systems, our expert consultants can design and implement a solution that works. Once we’ve designed and configured your customised Oracle Primavera solution, we can deliver training for any size team, even across multiple international locations. To find out more about our services and solutions, please contact Mark Horne at:  p. 01943 222 001  e. mark.horne@rpc.uk.com w. www.rpc.uk.com

I REMOVED THE LOOPS AND IMPORTED THE PLAN AGAIN AND GOT THE LOOPS AGAIN

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A practitioner found he was repeatedly getting loops in an imported schedule that he was updating in P6. 

Here is a tip in relation to preventing loops re-appearing in contractors schedules that you import but have previously fixed and removed.  

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NODE BAND THEMES IN PRIMAVERA P6 EPPM

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Sometimes a little color makes all the difference.  Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) release 18.8 has an Enterprise Project Structure (EPS) data structure for organizing projects.  In support of better project file organization in the EPS, P6 EPPM has several node band themes to choose from. These themes provide clarity to the EPS view to help organize projects in a hierarchy.  This article demonstrates a quick tip to set the node band theme of the EPS view.  Read more... 

HAVE YOU TRIED SCHEDULE CLEANER?

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Regulating the Privacy and Confidentiality of Project Data in XER Schedules When Shared with External & Internal Stakeholders

Vivien Goldstrong, the author of projectschedulepro.com, talks about the importance of securely sharing sensitive and confidential project data when working with XER files, exported from the Oracle® Primavera® software.

Read more about the different methods and solutions available to successfully deal with this challenge.  Read the full article.  

FINDING MULTIPLE CRITICAL PATHS IN A SINGLE CPM SCHEDULE

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In complex project schedules, multiple critical paths can exist between the project’s start and finish milestones.  

Additionally, integrated projects with multiple phased scopes of delivery often have several distinct, contractually-mandated deliverables and corresponding delivery dates.  

Each possesses its own critical/driving path.   Read more...

WHAT ARE THE BASIC PROJECT PLANNING STEPS?

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The basic project planning steps that every manager needs to know can be broken down as parts of the first two phases of project management: Initiation and Planning. While those phases give a broad outline of what should be happening at different stages of a project’s lifecycle, they don’t provide much of a clear picture of how to go about your project planning.  Read more...

THE KEY TO GETTING MORE DONE? DOWN TIME

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When approaching the challenge of building rest periods into projects, consider the various types of breaks and their importance. Time off of a day or more allows team members to unplug from the workplace. The extended period allows the mind to refocus. The body can recharge. Intermediate breaks of an hour or more can seem inconsequential, but are just as important as longer vacations and holidays. More than a third of employees eat lunch at their desks, often leading to...  Read more...

TAKE A LOOK AT SOMETHING DIFFERENT?

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Capital projects, shut-down and turnarounds, maintenance – whatever the project, there’s a product to help.  Safran PROJECT and Safran RISK...

TOP 10 MISTAKES IN PROJECT COST MANAGEMENT

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With all that goes into managing a project, making sure things are done right, within budget, and on time is a challenge; especially when we fall victim to the same mistakes.  Knowing that there are a lot of moving parts that go into making a project successful, here is a compilation of the most common project cost management problems that have been seen and proposed solutions to fix them.  Read more...

MASTER CLASS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CHANGE MANAGEMENT

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Join our complimentary master class to learn more about the psychology of change management—and how to navigate the emotional journey of change that people take. Discover practical ideas for creating engagement and embedding change when things are in flux. In this webinar to learn:
  • Different models that explain how humans react to change
  • How to deal with different emotions at different points in the change lifecycle
  • Causes of resistance to change and how to address them
  • The session will be lead by Melanie Franklin, expert-level change practitioner and co-chair of the Change Management Institute.
Details Wednesday, March 27, 2019  10:00 AM PST | 1:00 PM EST| 5:00 PM GMT  Register Now...

SCHEDULE READER

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ScheduleReaderTM allows dynamic presentation of well formatted and visually understandable schedule information from files in the XER, XML and XLS format exported from the Oracle® Primavera® software, that you can easily organize and share with project stakeholders.

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COST AND SCHEDULE RISK MANAGEMENT?

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Are you a project controls professional passionate about cost and schedule risk management? Are you interested in increasing your organisations' level of risk maturity?

This spring Safran will be doing some breakfast presentations, and we would love you to be a part of it.

We will cover everything you need to know about integrated cost and schedule risk analysis, including (but not limited to):

  • what is integrated cost and schedule risk analysis, and why it is important
  • what sets Safran Risk apart from legacy risk applications
  • what are the benefits of an integrated approach
  • how can your organisation get started
Spaces are limited – secure your tickets by clicking this link:  Read more...

GHOST SCHEDULES ARE EMPLOYED BEHIND THE SCENES ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS...

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Ghost Schedules are employed behind the scenes on construction projects for various reasons and purposes. Contractors use them to record their original plan when owners refuse to approve early completion schedules or fail to promptly grant time extensions, as well as to manage the activities of subcontractors and suppliers to earlier finish dates than the official project schedule.  

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PULL PLANNING IN CONSTRUCTION – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE?

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Pull planning is becoming more popular in construction management.

In short, it’s a method to work with construction projects in reverse order.  And with the much higher involvement of your team.  Imagine rows of dominoes set up in strategic lines. Each domino standing by itself but part of a bigger picture at the same time. The domino at the end of the creation can’t fall until each one before it falls. This is exactly what happens with pull planning.  

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IF FLORIDA IS FOR YOU AND YOU CAN PLAN 1 YEAR IN ADVANCE - REMEMBER THIS

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Construction CPM Conference next event is January 19-22 2020 at Disney World Florida.

Three Full Days Where Professional Planner Schedulers Gather to Discuss and Improve Critical Path Method Analysis Knowledge.

More information at www.ConstructionCPM.com.

HOT FORUM POSTS

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Here are some HOT Planning Planet Forum posts.  Why not join the conversation?

AWARDING CONTRACTS AND INVOICE PAYMENTS

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Watch the ARES 30-minute webinar to learn about contract management and the PRISM Contracts & Invoice Management modules.

This webinar covers the step-by-step process of awarding contracts, creating invoices for contracts, approving invoices, and invoice payments.

While PRISM can handle contracts both pre-award and post-award, this webinar focuses on the administration of a contract once it has been awarded. Read the full post...

MEET YOUR PROJECT CONTROLS MANAGER (WHO IS THAT!!??)

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Hi. I'm you're Project Controls Manager. 

Think of me like the hub on a wheel, with little spokes running out to strengthen the rim and make sure the wheel can roll. Like the wheel, each control (or spoke) helps keep the project in shape & on track.  Read more...

 

SAFRAN PROJECT and SAFRAN RISK

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Capital projects, shut-down and turnarounds, maintenance – whatever the project, there’s a Safran product to help.   Checkout Safran PROJECT and Safran RISK...

EVA24 - THE IDENTITY OF PROJECT CONTROLS

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This year EVA will focus strongly on the Identity of Project Controls and focusing on:
  • The people doing the job
  • Defining the community
  • Really understanding what the job is about and proving that you can do it
  • There are too many ‘keyboard jockeys’. Too many people who know what each button does but don’t know why!
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"PROVEN PRACTITIONER" A PLANNING PLANET PRODUCT

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COMPETENCY MEASUREMENT REPORTS FOR YOU, YOUR TEAM or YOUR COMPANY

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We are now offering CONFIDENTIAL Project Controls Competency Measurements for our members!  

From this report, you will receive a summary, similar to the one presented above, showing your teams, company’s or projects "Competency Performance Index" across the full Project Controls capability arena.   If you are interested in transforming Project Controls capability and team measurement, and would like to find out more, click here.

PROJECT CONTROLS GLOBAL: EXPERTS IN OFFERING CLIENTS NEW TALENT

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Offering clients new talent within Planning & Scheduling, Cost Estimating / Cost Management, Dispute Resolution, Risk and Project Controls worldwide.  We offer job description writing & support our candidate to facilitate your career needs. PCGlobal offers advice, career development along with personal professional assistance in guiding you towards tools that can make you a more competent & knowledgeable practitioner.

Candidates: Contact us for advise & support in your career choices

Clients: Contact us for a candidate that we assess inhouse. Our assessments & vetting, we live and die by this. Our standard of practitioner & their competency to fulfil a position with you will not be a worry anymore.

Speak to one of our experts personally david.logie@projectcontrols.com we are here to help with a personal touch.

PROJECT CONTROLS ROLE EXPECTATIONS

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Have you taken a look at the Guild of Project Controls' Role Descriptors yet?  - This is the perfect tool for those who want to find out the baseline knowledge required for their role and level of seniority - think of it as a job descriptor for all roles and levels of competence.  Give it a try here, find out more here

PROJECT CONTROLS MENTOR TOOLBOX

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Contact PPAdmin@planningplanet.com if you would like to learn about getting our Project Controls Toolbox for...

  • YOUrself,
  • your TEAM,
  • your PROJECT, or
  • your COMPANY   (read more...)

RATES, NORMS & DURATIONS

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What is needed to come up with a production rate?

A duration of time, the manhours involved, and an amount of work produced this section of Planning Planet is here to document this. 

What information do you have that you can share?

ALTERNATIVE TO PRIMAVERA AND ASTA?

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A superior alternative to the "most popular" software for us as planners?Spider Project offers numerous unique functional features and is the only PM software that optimizes resource, cost, and material constrained schedules and budgets for projects and portfolios. 

Check it out here...

PROJECT CONTROLS GATHERINGS NEAR YOU

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If you wish to come to a project control gathering local to you please get in touch and we will share the details with you.

Email PPAdmin@planningplanet.com for details

We are holding meetings near you so do get in touch.

GET IN FRONT OF ONE POINT FIVE MILLION PROJECT CONTROLS PEOPLE

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What is this?

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THE GUILD OF PROJECT CONTROLS COMPENDIUM AND REFERENCE

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The Compendium and Reference (CaR) is a document which forms The Guild Standards.

We have where possible offered advice as to previously written material which is in the public domain and proven to be of such quality that it can be used as a reliable reference of "best tested and proven practice".

The CaR is a living document being continually improved, supplemented and updated by the Guild community to reflect improvements to practices, opinions and methods in our chosen profession. The Guild is ready to receive suggestions at any time for updates to the CaR Standards.

Take a look here.

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