Progress Reporting

Stage Flow Diagram It's time to improve your progress reporting game. And it's not hard to do.  You rightly spend a lot of time preparing to do the work in the 3 preparation stages ahead of the execution stage.  Your current work flow, as shown in the diagram, includes: 1. Strategic Stage - review whether … Continue reading Progress Reporting

Why settle for what you want, when you can get what you need?

Consider how often we clearly know what we want, and then discover that what we need is a different thing altogether. We'll skip over the obvious examples in our everyday lives, like car, home, appliance and tool purchases, where cost and feature availability help to determine our eventual choices. In the work place, we have … Continue reading Why settle for what you want, when you can get what you need?

Owners and Contractors – Managing a Dynamic Tension – Part 3 – B2B Synergy

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" expresses the basic meaning of synergy. Owners and Contractors, and their Vendors each operate with their procedures. And they need each other. Would linking some of their processes, electronically, provide avenues to save each from wasted, redundant effort? This is not a new idea. What … Continue reading Owners and Contractors – Managing a Dynamic Tension – Part 3 – B2B Synergy

Owners and Contractors – Managing a Dynamic Tension – Part 2 – Contractors

This is part 2 of a 3 part series on business process management. Part 1 dealt with business processes that drive an Owner company's plant, mill or site. Part 2 deals with the business processes that drive a typical EPCM contractor company. Part 3 addresses ways that this knowledge can help them use the dynamic … Continue reading Owners and Contractors – Managing a Dynamic Tension – Part 2 – Contractors

Owners and Contractors – Managing a Dynamic Tension – Part 1 – Owner Sites

This is part 1 of a 3 part series on business process management. Part 1 deals with business processes that drive an Owner company's plant, mill or site. Part 2 deals with the business processes that drive a typical EPCM contractor company. Part 3 addresses ways that this knowledge can help them use the dynamic … Continue reading Owners and Contractors – Managing a Dynamic Tension – Part 1 – Owner Sites

Leveraging Compliance to Succeed

Picture: courtesy of vijilan.com The Challenge Complying with company, project and regulatory standards and procedures is often viewed as an onerous set of constraints that are superimposed on the project team's mission. We'll show that, by using, i.e. leveraging and integrating, these standards and procedures from the outset, project teams are assured that they are … Continue reading Leveraging Compliance to Succeed

Challenges in Managing Routine Maintenance Work

Picture: courtesy of Anand Subramaniam Our Challenges To manage routine maintenance work, my plant has an ERP - enterprise resource planning - system, that has all of our plant's maintainable equipment defined.  We have had this system for many years.  Our corporate technology team implemented this system and we were determined to use it as … Continue reading Challenges in Managing Routine Maintenance Work

From Project Scheduling to BPM – an Organic Evolution

One step at a time "How did you guys go from Project Scheduling to BPM (Business Process Management)?"  This is a logical question. This post illustrates the logical steps that pushed us from Project Scheduling to BPM.  We had no idea at the outset that this would happen.  In hindsight, it seems logical that it … Continue reading From Project Scheduling to BPM – an Organic Evolution

Digital Integration: One Solution – Many Apps

Digital integration is baked into the DNA of the TWIST (TeamWork's Integrated Solution Technology) solution.  This makes TWIST a simple and coordinated gateway for your team to benefit from digital integration. Collaboration between team members improves dramatically. TWIST helps you to manage most of your normal business processes in a single integrated solution.  This keeps … Continue reading Digital Integration: One Solution – Many Apps

Organic Work Flow – in 5 Stages and Gates

Water follows the laws of physics, and flows downhill.  Likewise, work flow is driven by simple logical, almost organic, rules. Ignore the logic, or get in its way, and you have a mess.  Just as you have when the natural flow of water is impeded. In our everyday lives, away from our jobs, we routinely … Continue reading Organic Work Flow – in 5 Stages and Gates