31 May 2019 Project Controls News

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Dear Planning Planet Member,

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CHANGE MANAGEMENT FOR THE PMO

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Delivering the work of the PMO often requires parts of the business to change how they carry out tasks. There might be new reports required. There might be different ways of identifying projects, or allocating resources to work. Management and the delivery teams have to get used to doing things differently. The faster they can think differently, the faster you’ll see the benefits - Read more...

DURATION FORMAT – AN EXTRACT FROM PLANNING AND CONTROL USING PRIMAVERA BY PAUL E HARRIS

Often schedulers like to keep all activity durations to round numbers so activities will start at the start of a day and finish at the end of a day. When durations are not round days in duration then successor activities will not start at the start of a day and one day activities will span two days, etc. By default, Oracle Primavera P6 does not indicate when an activity has a non-round duration.

To adjust how the date and time are displayed:

  • Select Edit, User Preferences…,
  • Select the Time Units tab, 
  • The Duration Format section determines how the activity durations are displayed,
  • It is important that the Show Duration label and Sub-units are checked and you will immediately when non round days for durations have been created.
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To see more explanations like this then please consider purchasing this P6 book by Paul Harris which is available in many formats, paperback, spiral, Kobo, Kindle and iTunes.  The book is intended to be used:

  • As a self-teach book and user guide, or a training manual for a three-day training course. 
  • PowerPoint slide shows are available for training companies to purchase and pdf versions are available to educational organisations. 
More information and links to sellers at this web site: Read More...

BESPOKE ORACLE P6 TRAINING RATHER THAN THE "STANDARD" COURSE?

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New from RPCuk in partnership with Oracle:

APPLIED PRIMAVERA P6 PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS.

Training as it should be, with all the topics that matter to you.

Starting in June, book your place now: - read more

THE BRITISH STANDARD IN PROJECT CONTROLS?

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BS XXXX Project Control

If you'd like to participate with us in helping to shaping the British Standard for Project Controls then please do get in touch and email us via PPAdmin@planningplanet.com and we will plug you into the proceedings.

Thanks for your interest. We are building a strong list of practitioners - get involved.

ITS NEARLY HERE - 29 JUNE CHINESE GOVERNMENT USE 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.

BRITISH-IRISH AIRPORTS EXPO JUNE 11TH AND 12TH

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HKA and Primaned are pleased to announce their joint participation/exhibiting at the British-Irish Airports Expo June 11th and 12th.  

HKA Director Michael Konieczka will also be speaking about the use of technology in managing airport construction projects.  

Please join them at their booth H12.  Read more

EARNED VALUE MANAGEMENT IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE 

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Earned Value Management Implementation Guide (EVMIG)

This new Guid has been released by the Department of Defense in the United States - Download the Guide

An EVM System (EVMS) is "the management control system that integrates a program’s work scope, schedule, and cost parameters for optimum program planning and control."

SCHEDULE CLEANER

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FREE TRAINING VIDEOS ON PROJECT CONTROLS

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Free Training Videos on Project Controls; Secrets of Project Controls Field and How to Highly Succeed in Project Control

Do you know how to start or step up in Project Controls? Check out this FREE 10-day online video training series to learn how.

PLUS, an opportunity to ASK any question you want about the Project Controls profession on our private comments page. Read more...

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE FUTURE OF PROJECT CONTROLS

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Based on the experience of Cleopatra Cost Engineering in project controls, they have created a guide which incorporates sections below.   
  • Project Controls in real life
  • Root causes of overruns and delays
  • Integration is the key, The power of Big Data
  • Test - Your level of integration  DOWN LOAD NOW

NEW DOWNLOAD: THE JOURNEYMAP TO PROJECT RISK ANALYSIS

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New e-book, written by David Hulett, a thought leader in the world of risk management, puts forward the notion that cost and duration risk can be better prepared for by upgrading your organization's risk maturity level.  

Read more...

Start a journey to risk analysis maturity!

CORE ESTIMATING FOR OWNER COMPANIES

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Estimators, in their preparation of estimates, are always looking to minimize the uncertainty of their estimates by utilizing as high a quality scope definition as soon as possible as an input to estimate preparation.  This scope forms the basis for estimate classification and estimate accuracy.  The more incomplete the project scope, the wider the accuracy of the estimate.  The more concise and complete the scope that is used, the narrower the accuracy of the estimate.   Read more...

WHY MODERN RISK ANALYSIS TO DRIVE PROJECT DELIVERY PERFORMANCE

Safran Software is going to have a live webinar the 4th of June, with Glenn Jarrad, CTO Safran Software and former Pertmaster (OPRA), Head of Development and Magnus Tönne who is VP Business Development from Sweden as speakers.

They will focus on Risk analysis and its correlation to project delivery performance.  Read More...

 

 

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SCHEDULEREADER HAS RELEASED VERSION 7.0 THAT COMES WITH A TIME-LOCATION CHART

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ScheduleReader has released version 7.0 that comes with a Time-location Chart, a major upgrade enabling support for viewing complex projects created using the Linear Scheduling Method.

The linear scheduling view enabled through the time-location chart/diagram, is a special view used in project plans in Civil Engineering and Construction (Traffic engineering, Highway engineering, Railway systems engineering, Tunnel Engineering) and Power engineering and construction (Power line construction). 

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Check this out...

Experience the Linear Scheduling View in the new version of ScheduleReader!

Download ScheduleReader 7.0

For any questions or further assistance e-mail us at contact@schedulereader.com.

ORACLE PRIMAVERA P6 HOW TO IDENTIFY LAGS

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When analyzing a P6 schedule if the logic is acting strange or erratic, it could be a lag preventing the activity from starting or finishing during the desired timeframe.  When a P6 user is able to view lags, they are now empowered to make a decision whether to modify or remove the lag entirely. The goal of this paper is to equip the reader with techniques providing increased visibility of lags in P6 schedules.  Read more...

FREE WEBINAR:  PRISM REPORT WRITER

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Watch our 20-minute webinar showcasing the report writing enhancements available in PRISM G2 Version 4.5 or higher.

Since PRISM Report Writer comes with the purchase of PRISM software, it's a great tool to explore. The webinar discusses various report writing methods including a new intuitive Graphical Report Writer that utilizes a drag & drop layout method and a Dynamic Excel plugin for very advanced formatting from multiple sources of data.  Read more...

CRITICAL PATH ANALYSIS - ADDING SOME DRAG

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Critical path drag is the amount of time that an activity or constraint on the critical path is adding to the project duration. Alternatively, it is the maximum amount of time that one can shorten the activity before it is no longer on the critical path or before its duration becomes zero.

What is is the maximum amount of time that one can shorten the activity before it is no longer on the critical path or before its duration becomes zero - 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 19-22 January 2020 at Disney World Florida.  

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

Early bird rate of $825 is good through 20 Jun 19 More information at www.ConstructionCPM.com.

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HELLO, HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT OUR JOBS PAGE LATELY? 

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We have lots of colleagues who keep asking if we can recommend good people, so it may be worthwhile checking the projectcontrols job listings our team are collating...

There's a few good projectcontrols  and planning opportunities which might interest you...

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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 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...

PROFESSIONAL PROJECT GOVERNANCE AND CONTROLS OR HOW TO STOP PROJECT FAILURES

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The Case for Professional Project Corporate Governance and Project Controls Or How to Stop Project Failures

Thus we need to develop a set of performance procedures to overcome the shortcomings and so start with a simple corporate project governance charter.-

Read the article...

GET IN FRONT OF ONE POINT FIVE MILLION PROJECT CONTROLS PEOPLE

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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.

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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What is needed to come up with a production rate? A duration of time, the manhours involved, and an amount of work produced? Take a look and get involved.

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JOBS

This has been dusty and quiet place for some time now. We have been liaising with recruiters, headhunters and talent managers plus a ream of corporate leaders and very soon we will have the largest live repository of project controls jobs in the world. Check back soon.

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ARES PRISM EVENTS - IF YOU ARE A USER THEN CHECK THESE OUT

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Upcoming PRISM Events:

PMIAC Australia Global Petroleum Show June 11-13, 2019 in Calgary, AB Canada

PMO Conference June 13, London

AACE Annual Conference June 16-19, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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