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Getting to the Nuts & and Bolts

The Work Breakdown Structure. In my earlier posts I started to describe all the fundamental organization necessary to use an Earned Value method for performance measurement. I wanted to describe a way to measure how well a team performs using

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

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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Posted in Project Control, Project Execution

“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 4

This is the last installment of the series on scheduling without using software. At the end of this post if you read parts 1 through 3, you pretty much know the logic that goes into the scheduling process. In the

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

I love geeky Space X project stuff

I’m a sucker for new innovation, even if it’s not in my immediate line of business. Space X is a very innovative space transportation firm in the United Sates. I love watching the videos they have on the You Tube

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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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