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Ready, Set, . . Digitalize!

You are already aware of each of the ‘silos’ in your turnaround, maintenance, project or similar groups.  And you have already thought about how you would like to reduce wasted time and money by improving communications.  Your teams spend a lot of time repeating hallway conversations, re-sending emails, discussing the same issues in meetings. It’s… Continue reading Ready, Set, . . Digitalize!

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Logical Turnarounds

“Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.” Leonard Nimoy, as Star Trek’s Spock Many processes being followed in managing plant shutdowns, turnarounds, outages or overhauls are simply not logical, given the technology available today. Yet, turnaround and shutdown steering, execution and startup teams continue to follow these. One reason is that they simply… Continue reading Logical Turnarounds

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Is Integrated Project Management necessary?

Is there really a need for a single Integrated Project Management System? To answer this, we’ll first review the typical project or turnaround management landscape. A project passes through multiple stages during its lifecycle. These stages vary for each business and each project or program type, but basically they fall into the following 6 stages:… Continue reading Is Integrated Project Management necessary?

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Marshalling your Work Scope

Any one in your team can access your ERP, or other corporate system, to write a work order or a job order, or notification to initiate a scope of work. The reception yard in the diagram illustrates the multiple sources (ex. Operations, Reliability, Inspection, HSE, Engineering, etc.) of work order generation. Each work order is,… Continue reading Marshalling your Work Scope

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Scope Creep – sound creepy? It does not have to be.

It’s Sunday morning. You decide to make breakfast. That’s your scope. You enjoy making breakfast, then you enjoy eating it. Then you settle down to binge-watch a favorite show. But wait – you need to clean up the kitchen first. Is that added scope? Or should it have been included in your original scope? Probably… Continue reading Scope Creep – sound creepy? It does not have to be.

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Who should provide your business apps?

Your business uses services and products from vendors of all stripes: your fleet of vehicles is supplied by a dealership (like a Ford or Chrysler or GM dealership); your internet and phone access is supplied by a communications services company (like Comcast or Telus); your computers and office equipment are obtained from an office-supplies company… Continue reading Who should provide your business apps?

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What drives, or impedes, Readiness?

You have 2 years to your next planned outage or turnaround. We’ll review why the number of qualified people working on each of your stakeholder teams is your first opportunity to ensure success by ensuring your team is Ready for the turnaround’s Execution stage. And, we’ll also review how you can empower them with technology… Continue reading What drives, or impedes, Readiness?

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Integrate your Team

A good friend, and a solid expert in turnaround management, John McLay, published Practical Management for Plant Turnarounds. This guide is chock-full of useful methods and techniques gleaned from a career spent working on real turnarounds. His presentations and workshops continue to be well-attended around the world. The cover of this book speaks eloquently to… Continue reading Integrate your Team

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Riding the On Ramp to a Digital Project

On ramps provide a space for you to accelerate gradually up to the speed of the prevailing traffic on a freeway. Once you are at speed, merging is easy and you are soon ‘going with the flow’. Sounds simple, and so it should be in getting up to speed with your ‘digital project’. What’s a… Continue reading Riding the On Ramp to a Digital Project

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Aging and Business Solution Evolution

A recent post referenced a reality facing many experts in business today – they are ‘aging-out’ of the workforce, mostly involuntarily. Thinking about the last 40 years, the period of their professional life experiences, what value added can they provide to the next decade of evolution in the business world? To answer this, I prepared… Continue reading Aging and Business Solution Evolution