01 Nov 2019 Project Controls News

 

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Dear Planning Planet Member,

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HOW TO PRODUCE AN ACCURATE FORECAST-TO-COMPLETE ON MAJOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Major construction projects withstand a level of complexity like no other. More than ever, organizations are searching for ways to increase efficiencies, reduce costs, increase productivity, collaboration and automation on their construction projects.

Join us for a free webinar with 4castplus CEO, Chris Ronak and learn why regularly and accurately calculating forecasted cost-to-complete is critical to the success of major construction projects - and how your company can deliver profitable projects on time and on budget and maximize their potential for success.

FREE WEBINAR: REGISTER HERE!

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Meet 4castplus in London, UK at the 2019 Project Controls Expo (Nov 12-13) to discuss your challenges and needs in project controls, construction procurement and construction cost tracking.

4castplus, a global enterprise project cost management solution, has been applied in many industries and businesses around the world, where our clients are keeping projects on budget, on schedule and under tight control, maximizing their efficiency and profitability.

Are you unable to join us at the 2019 Project Controls Expo? Meet us when it’s convenient for you! Schedule a meeting with us while we are in London, UK (Nov 12 – Nov 15).

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REAL CONTROLS-MANAGERS WANT A FACE-TO-FACE TO SEE IF YOU WILL FIT IN THEIR TEAM

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We are REFRESHING our Top 100 list of Senior Project Controls Managers who have asked if we can help them find good planners and project controls practitioners.  

We will start to SHARE that in the coming periods.  Watch this space.  

We know these men and women personally and each have said they will gladly have a face-to-face with anyone we RECOMMEND to them.  Exciting times...

CAN YOU CREATE A GOOD POWERPOINT FILE?

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Graphics Custodians WANTED - if  you have an interest in graphics, reports, dashboards and would like to join the team of practitioners who are helping to shape (and improve) the 700 figures and reference graphics contains in the Compendium & Reference of Project Controls Tools & Techniques please get in touch as we need a few more keen practitioners to help and be rewarded.  Admin@GuildofProjectControls.com

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEEDURES

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We asked about this a few periods ago and received some good feedback but we "dropped the ball" on it and want to try again.  

If you wish to help and be part of a small team of leading practitioners to help document some GENERIC standard operating procedures (SOP) for SCOPE, PLANNING, COST, RISK, PROGRESS, CHANGE, CLAIMS (etc.) we'd love to hear from you.  PPAdmin@planningplanet.com

COST MANAGEMENT EXPLAINED IN 4 STEPS

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Cost management covers the full life cycle of a project from the initial planning phase towards measuring the actual cost performance and project completion.

This article explains the 4 essential steps of project cost management in line with methods such as the Total Cost Management Framework of AACE and the Managing Cost Estimating & Budgeting Compendium & Reference of the Guild of Project Controls.

Read the article...

TOP 10 PROJECT COST MANAGEMENT MISTAKES AND HOW TO FIX THEM 

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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.

The Cleopatra Enterprise team is familiar with the good, the bad, and the ugly of projects based on over 20 years of experience in the field.

Therefore, we have compiled a list of the most common project cost management problems that we have seen and our proposed solutions to fix them.

Get your Inforgraphic...

SCHEDULING WITH SHIFTS IN PRIMAVERA P6 by Paul E Harris

I am writing a new book titled 99 Tricks and Traps for Oracle Primavera P6 PPM Professional and this will be a Casual User’s “Survival Guide”. One of the new topics I will include in this book is scheduling with shifts.

The P6 inbuilt shift function is difficult to use and this article explains a simpler way to schedule with shifts in P6. Click on this link to read this article.

To see more explanations like this then please consider purchasing books by Paul Harris written on:

  • Microsoft Project,
  • Oracle Primavera P6 and 
  • Elecosoft (Asta) Powerproject 

These are available in many formats, paperback, spiral, Kobo, Kindle and iTunes. 

These books are intended to be used:

  • As a self-teach book and user guide, or a training manual for a two-day training course.
  • PowerPoint slide shows are available for training companies to purchase and free pdf versions are available to educational organisations.

More information and links to sellers at this web site

Eastwood Harris Pty Ltd, Planning books and training material publishers for Microsoft Project, Oracle Primavera P6 and Elecosoft Powerproject https://www.eh.com.au

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WHY MANY CONTRACTORS PREFER TO REVERT TO BAR CHARTS, by Fred Plotnick

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Why was Jim O’Brien so successful in promoting the concept of critical path management in the 1960s, and yet today many contractors would prefer to revert to bar charts? The bar chart – or Gantt Chart – was invented in 1910 as a vast improvement over prior art of making a to-do list and perhaps reordering roughly in a preferred sequence. It allowed users to create a true “schedule” of tasks or “activities” including estimated duration, preferred (usually early) start and finish dates.  Read the blog...

CLARIZEN - DELEGATION: A HOW-TO GUIDE

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Without delegation, you can end up taking on far more work. This is bad news for your organization. Not only that, but by sticking to your comfort zone and doing tasks which could and should be delegated, you’re not pushing yourself and spending your time, ability and experience in areas that will drive your career forward.  Read the Blog...

ITS HERE - CHINESE GOVERNMENT USE OUR GUILD OF PROJECT CONTROLS STANDARDS IN CHINA

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The Chinese Government have translated the Guild of Project Controls' Compendium of Best Tested & Proven Practices to enable their national desire to deliver COMPETENCY certifications in Project Controls in Beijing.  

Now live...

The official first eddition is being distributed and practitioners are now been competency certified.  

CLARIZEN - HOW TO ASSESS STAFF PERFORMANCE ACROSS DIFFERENT SKILLS

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A modern project team will often contain team members with a range of different skills and competencies. This can naturally lead to problems for managers who want to perform a balanced performance assessment that will judge every team member fairly. Knowing how to assess performance isn’t very easy when all the important metrics come in unequal units..  Read more...

HOW TO SAFELY IMPORT YOUR PRIMAVERA P6 XER FILES WITH GLOBAL DATA INTO A P6 DATABASE AND AVOID POLLUTION

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ScheduleCleanerTM is a desktop application that allows you to remove, convert or anonymize project data from Primavera P6 XER files before uploading them to a P6 database or before sharing them with other project stakeholders.

Convert:

  • Global to Project Resource Calendars
  • Global to Project Activity Codes
  • EPS to Global Activity Codes

ScheduleCleaner also allows you to remove or anonymize/hide values of data categories such as “Costs, Units, Rates, Pricing” and even erase POBS data, by creating re-usable templates with different modifying settings which can be applied to a single or a group of XER files.

Fast, simple and automated. Start Your Free Trial Today!

DCMA 14 SCHEDULE ANALYSIS IN A SINGLE PAGE DASHBOARD

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Improve the quality of your Primavera P6 project schedules through the use of industry standards such as the DCMA 14 with ScheduleReader PRO.

  • Analyse an XER file with the 14 check points of the DCMA standard at the click of a button;
  • Customize your DCMA 14 check points criteria;
  • Produce detailed dashboard report of the analysis in a single page.
Start your FREE trial today! 

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.  

We have booked six meeting rooms over three full days.  Two keynotesSeventy breakoutsSix networking eventsOne conference Three Full Days where Professionals Gather to Discuss and Improve Critical Path Method Analysis Knowledge.   Read the Full Detail... or see more 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 project controls job listings our team are collating.  

There's a few good project controls and planning opportunities which might interest you... alternatively - let us know if you need someone new for your team and we will put you in touch with some proven practitioners.

Read more... 

"PROVEN PRACTITIONER" A PLANNING PLANET PRODUCT

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Do you seek PROMOTION or do you want to better UNDERSTAND YOUR Stengths and SKILLS (in private) or do you seek that NEW ROLE?

Proven Practitioner provides ALL THE TOOLS YOU NEED

Go to Premium and sign up!  

CLARIZEN - HOW TO BECOME A BETTER PROJECT MANAGER

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Most managers would agree that the profession of project management requires a delicate equilibrium between art and science. Art, as in an inherent talent for communication, organization, leadership and creativity with a hint of intuition for foreseeing problems before they arise. Science, as a wide palette of professional qualifications, knowledge and abilities, acquired through hard work, experience and lifelong study of the field. Read the blog...

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...

SURVIVING AND THRIVING THE VUCA WORLD SYNERGY NOVEMBER 7 LONDON EUSTON

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Surviving and thriving in a VUCA world (look it up) is like searching for the perfect wave. You are in a world that is enormous,complex and could collapse around you at any moment. You have to know how to stay upright. How to control the board. How to respond to the constant movement of the sea. If you fail it’s a wipeout. And you have to find the will the motivation the strength to keep going and get back on the board. You “Do it Again” just like the Beach Boys. You do it again until you do it without thinking without knowing. It becomes who you are. And if you do it right you will find the perfect pipeline and ride your way out to perfection. And you will “Do it Again and again”. Like Status Quo. It becomes your status quo. Til the next time. That’s how you survive and thrive in a VUCA world. You ride the wave the wave does not ride you.

The Synergy event 2019 is once again at the spectacular Light venue Euston London.

There's a party afterwards too.  Join us and together we will find out how to ride the wave as a person a team and an organisation.

Better than all the rest. And cheaper!!  For more info.

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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.

INTEGRATED PROJECT CONTROLS WEBINAR

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Integration in project controls is a powerful concept, but many organizations still struggle with data silos, disjointed systems, manual data entry, or risk-prone spreadsheets. With ARES PRISM, it's possible to seamlessly integrate your estimate, cost and schedule data and share the results in an executive business intelligence dashboard. Watch this 24-minute webinar which discusses integrated project controls and shows the user journey from a simple BOQ to building a performance measurement baseline in an integrated approach.
This webinar demonstrates the power of integration between PRISM Estimating, PRISM G2 , Schedule (Primavera P6), and PRISM Dashboards. No need for any Excel imports or manual inputs; it is all automated! Read the content... 

PLANNERS WANTED

PCG expertise & experiences come from working with planning, scheduling, quantity surveying, cost, contract, commercial, risk, claims and project controls practitioners globally. PCG works with clients & other recruitment companies to deliver a better supply of candidates delivering technical assessment to each introduction.

Passionate about offering much needed added value to the Planning Claims & Project Controls sector.

PCG secures trust in the people he works with via collaboration & partnerships. PCG has an established client portfolio worldwide with solid relationships in-place . PCG are hands on with delivering the very best recruitment screening.

Claims:
  • London & Birmingham (freelance & permanent)
  • £100,000 or £600 per day
  • Expert Report writers, Delay Analysts & forensic planning opportunities.
Planning:
  • London, Manchester & Birmingham: (Freelance & permanent)
  • £65,000 to £90,000
  • Planning Engineers & Managers within Civil Engineering & Build
Candidates:
Clients:
  • Contact me if you are in need of any professionals, please call for a description conversation around the attributes you need.

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