Tag Archives: Front end planning

23 Sep

Not Bad for a 2-Hour Meeting!

By Mark Anderson

ROI of a 2-Hour Meeting Imagine what your leadership would say if you told them you could achieve 16% cost savings and 15% schedule savings on your next project, just by holding a 2 hour meeting? I just read a nice article from McKinsey on how chemical companies can reduce costs by 15-30% on their

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22 Jun

Better Projects through Team Alignment

By Sandra MacGillivray

Achieving better projects through team alignment. What is Team Alignment? Managing projects is challenging. My first hand experience has been that the most challenging aspects of project management are more behavioral than quantitative. Proper team alignment, starting in front end planning, is proven to positively affect behaviors and help you lead a team focused on a common project objective.

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13 Jun

Front End Planning on Renovation and Revamp Projects

By Mark Anderson

Front End Planning on Renovation and Revamp Projects: Managing a project can be challenging during the best of times. This challenge is increased when modifying or renovating an existing facility. Renovation and revamp projects focus on an existing facility, and can include the act, process, or work of replacing, restoring, repairing, or improving a facility. Renovation and Revamp

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25 Apr

Al Capone, an LRT and a Corduroy Road

By Mark Anderson

Anytime you start to dig, there are risks that you might discover something that will delay a project. Today as I exited our office to take an afternoon walk I was reminded of how important an assessment of site conditions is during front end planning. While you can never know exactly what you’ll find, ensuring

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14 Aug

10 Commandments of Front End Planning

By Sandra MacGillivray

What is the leading cause of capital project cost & schedule overruns? The undisputed answer the world over is poor scope definition.  Check out this infographic detailing the 10 commandments of front end planning based on CII’s implementation resource, “Front End Planning – Break the Rules, Pay the Price.”  Each of these 10 practices are proven ways to improve

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23 Jul

Better Front End Planning = Better Projects

By Sandra MacGillivray

At a high level, we know that projects are very dynamic – especially in front end planning.  Critical issues and decisions arise throughout a project’s life-cycle.  However, it is much easier to influence a project’s outcome during front end planning when expenditure is relatively low, than it is to affect the outcome once a project

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30 Jun

Poor Scope Definition = Cost & Schedule overruns

By Sandra MacGillivray

What is the leading cause of cost and schedule overruns? The level of scope definition in a project is the greatest driver of cost and schedule certainty. Front End Planning Front end planning is often considered the single most important process in the capital project life cycle. It is focused on achieving sufficient scope definition to

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02 Apr

How PDRI can be used to classify projects

By Mark Anderson

PDRI: Can it be used to classify projects based on level of readiness in Front End Planning (FEP)? For organizations with a large portfolio of projects, it is helpful to be able to monitor and compare groupings of projects by type, or classification. Project classification schemes allow you to analyze construction projects by grouping them

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