12 April 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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The team from HKA Tech, the largest implementing reseller of PMWeb globally, has been busy in the Fiji Islands, implementing PMWeb for the Fiji Government’s Ministry of Economy.

The implementation was carried out in less than three months across an extensive range of functionality, including program/project management, planning/prioritisation, estimating, scheduling, procurement, contract management, risk/issue management, general governance and long-term asset management.  Read More

WHAT IS KANBAN?

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Kanban is a visual system for managing work as it moves through a process. Kanban visualizes both the process (the workflow) and the actual work passing through that process.

The goal of Kanban is to identify potential bottlenecks in your process and fix them so work can flow through it cost-effectively at an optimal speed or throughput… Read More 

(Method123, Empowering Managers to Suceed)

HELPING CLIENTS TO DELIVER THEIR PROJECTS SUCCESSFULLY RPCuk 

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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

PROJECT CONTROLS STANDARDS IN CHINA

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Guild of Project Controls News...

We are pleased to be able to report that the Chinese Government have been translating the Guild of Project Controls' Compendium of Best Tested & Proven Practices and plan to have their very first COMPETENCY certification in Project Controls in Beijing on 29 June 2019.

Watch this space for more exciting news in relation to this.

NODE BAND THEMES IN PRIMAVERA P6 EPPM

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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?

Facilitating secure sharing and control of confidential data in P6® schedules.

ScheduleCleaner is a toll that allows users to remove or anonymize sensitive data from Primavera® P6®, XER schedules before sharing them with project stakeholders.

Why not do the same when working with Microsoft® Project plans?

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Meet ProjectCleaner

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A Microsoft® Project add-in that allows you to remove or anonymize sensitive data in .mpp files.

PRIMAVERA TIP - MULTIPLE CRITICAL PATH IN A SCHEDULE?

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

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

CPM LOGIC REQUIRES THINKING & UNDERSTANDING

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Far too many people involved with CPM scheduling at any point in the process really do not understand what CPM logic is telling us and because of this misunderstanding make many logic construction mistakes and misinforms the schedule users and reviewers. Essentially making useless hard to follow schedules. The CPM creator, the CPM reviewer, and the CPM user fail the make proper use of CPM through misreading the logic workflow. CPM is essentially a language of logic and like all languages must be correctly understood and used for it to properly communicate and provide direction. Relationships are the brain of CPM - read more

HOW TO DEFINE YOUR PROJECT SCOPE

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A project scope sets a project out on the right foot, it defines what the project is and is not meant to achieve and informs all stakeholders of the limits of its objectives. A project scope should concisely summarize the information and schedule of the project.  Though that may seem straightforward enough, knowing how to define a project scope properly is a key skill which all managers need to know.  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...

WHAT IS A STATEMENT OF WORK (SOW)?

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There are a wide variety of documents that a project manager has to familiarize themselves with throughout the course of their career. Some of them will only apply to specific projects or when dealing with certain industries. Others however are nearly universal across all projects, such as a project plan or the project charter. Another of these common documents is the Statement of Work (SoW), but what is an SoW exactly? - Read More...

SCHEDULE READER RELEASED NEW VERSION - SEE WHATS NEW

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ScheduleReaderTM version 6.5 is out and some of the most interesting upgrades include:

New customization options to the DCMA14 Schedule Assessment Report

  • Using the new customizing dialog, users can change the criteria for all (previously predefined) fourteen metrics calculated in the report.
  • Users can now additionally see which project metrics are positive as well as the details of the activities and relationships that do not meet the set criteria in the specific report.
Ability to Import Multiple Baselines from XML Files
  • Users will be able to assign baselines to each project from the master project plan in the XML file format.
Read more and download the Free Trial of the latest version here 

OUT-OF-SEQUENCE NEED NOT BE THE BANE OF THE CPM SCHEDULER’S EXISTENCE

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Savvy schedulers understand how schedule project logic deprecates as the job takes on a life of its own, and develop workarounds to keep project logic functional or tautologous. This practice involves thinking outside the traditional box of bland project controls that limit most practitioners’ abilities. Stakeholders will find this thinking obscure and counterintuitive. But managing out-of-sequence schedules is where the best schedulers show their true mettle: the worst are over-reliant on third-party data - Read the full article

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

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We had so many emails about this we wanted to include it for a second time...

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.  

Read more...

WHAT IS DRAG? PUTTING THE “CRITICAL” BACK IN CRITICAL PATH ANALYSIS

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The new schedule analysis metric, critical path drag... 

The most intuitively obvious enhancements are to scheduling metrics: critical path drag and drag cost.

Let’s start with an important distinction: there is a difference between CPM scheduling and critical path analysis - Read the article.

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?

CONTRACT MANAGEMENT USING SOFTWARE

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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...

VARIATIONS AND HOW TO KEEP VARIATIONS FROM BECOMING CLAIMS OR DISPUTES

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James Zack of James Zack Consulting, LLC

Management of Variations and Construction Claims Course, is up and running and ready for action. Go ahead and check it out.

Advanced Management of Complex Changes and Claims in Construction - 2 DAYS, is up and running and ready for action. Go ahead and check it out.

 

SAFRAN PROJECT and SAFRAN RISK

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London, Thursday, May 2, 2019 - The workshop will be led by Glenn Jarrad. Former Pertmaster (PRA) developer and now CTO at Safran, Glenn will cover everything you need to know about integrated cost and schedule risk analysis - read more

Alternatively - join us for a live and interactive webinar on April 24th at 10:00 GMT. The Webinar is aimed at project controls professionals looking to distinguish themselves by adopting forward-thinking practices - read more.

"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 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...

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

RATES, NORMS & DURATIONS

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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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Email PPAdmin@planningplanet.com for details

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

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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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