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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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Pointers for Starting a Project Using EVM

Getting Started This is a continuation of the posts I’ve published earlier using Earned Value Management as an alternative to what I call the “traditional approach” to performance measurement. When starting a project using (EVM) there are several things that

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Posted in Project Control, Project Initiation, Project Planning

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

ISS Passes the Torch of Flame Studies | NASA

I can still remember a time when only two or three persons were in orbit above Earth. The current ISS expedition has nine astronauts/cosmonauts on the station plus a robot. ISS Passes the Torch of Flame Studies | NASA.

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Adding Value Beyond the Traditional Measurement Approach

The Earned Value Approach In my last post I discussed the traditional way of measuring progress on a project. This approach involved having a PM compare the “actuals” the team members expended on tasks versus what the task was “budgeted”

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

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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Posted in Project Control, Project Execution

A personal project bucket list

We’ve all been asked at one point or another in our careers, what’s your perfect job? Or, when you grow up what do you envision as the one thing you’d like to be, or do? I’ve been blessed to have

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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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