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Organization and RAMs

An Organizational Breakdown Structure. If you read my post “Getting to the Nuts & Bolts” then this is the continuation of that post. I’ll discuss the Organizational Breakdown Structure or the OBS, and the Resource Assignment Matrix or RAM. We’ve

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Beyond the “Traditional Approach to Performance”.

The Triple Constraint. One of the fundamental concepts of all project management is the idea of the triple constraint. Since basic project management revolves around this concept, and earn value relies on using the triple constraint I’ll describe it here.

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Posted in Project Control, Project Execution, Project Planning, Schedule Planning, Schedules in Execution, Schedules in Reporting

Measuring Performance – The Traditional Approach

The Traditional Approach For the longest time teams were provided a yearly budget based on the scope of anticipated work and the quantity of people available to work on projects. In my early days as a project engineer, I was

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Are We Performing Yet?!

Some projects never really seem to get off the ground correctly and the teams working the project stay in a constant state of “storming”. Have you ever been on a team that had issues with communications, project deliveries, product quality,

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Posted in Project Close, Project Control, Project Execution, Project Initiation, Project Planning

“Radar Contact Established, Climb and Maintain….”

The most wonderful words to a pilot who has lifted off a runway into instrument meteorological conditions are “radar contact established”. The words confirm that someone at air traffic control is tracking you, guiding you, and helping you reach your

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Posted in PM Musings, Project Execution, Project Initiation, Project Planning

CAMs – Who needs them?

One of the arguments I hear almost daily it seems, is that project management is an expensive proposition. I mean to say that with technical teams at least, there seems to be a perception that the tech leads have it

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Posted in Project Close, Project Control, Project Execution, Project Initiation, Project Planning

Project Schedule Creation – Part 3

In my last article I discussed ADM – PDM, and Constraints. In this post I’ll continue with relationships, and network creation. Scheduling Relationships There are four logical relationships used when planning tasks on a project schedule. These relationships are: Finish

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Project Schedule Creation – Part 2

This article is the continuation of the previous project schedule creation article published on Sept 9th 2013. PDM and ADM There are two commonly used methods to document and develop task sequencing and relationships. These are called the Precedence Diagramming

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Posted in Schedule Planning

Planning for Success – Using a Schedule

“There cannot be a crises next week, my schedule is already full”. Henry Kissinger.   You’ve just been handed a new important project, and you need it to be successfully executed but you’re struggling with the cartoon chart handed to you

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Using Six S methods in Project Management

In today’s technologically advanced society, the majority of engineers are familiar with Six Sigma, methodologies and their application to design, improve, and sustain product quality. People in disciplines not necessarily associated with engineering, but involved with manufacturing, health care, production,

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Posted in PM Musings, Project Control, Project Execution, Project Initiation, Project Planning
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