10 Commandments of Front End Planning

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,...

Introducing PDRI for Small Industrial Projects

Historically small projects represent 70% or more of an organization’s capital spend. Often minimal emphasis is placed on front end planning for small projects.  We assume they carry lower risk than large projects,  and if a project team goes over budget or over...

Better Front End Planning = Better Projects

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...

Poor Scope Definition = Cost & Schedule overruns

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...

Valency? Why the Name?

This is a question we get asked frequently. So here’s the reason, and it has nothing to do with the beautiful city of Valencia in Spain – although it is a fantastic place to visit and does seem like a wonderful place for an office… Why the name...

How PDRI can be used to classify projects

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...