At many companies involved in large-scale projects, I’ve noticed that project engineers could be engaged for any project and for many different roles. It seemed to me that little care was taken in how well the new role fitted with the talent, skills and personality of the project engineer. So it is fate that decides if one becomes a superintendent, calculator, budget estimator, QHSE engineer or… planning engineer! Just like you, I have witnessed quite some mismatches and this should not surprise you. Being engineer because you studied something along these lines, doesn’t erase your personality and predominant skills.Read more
Activity types: ‘Level of Effort’ and ‘WBS Summary’, what are they and what can they be used for? The first ones are also referred to as ‘Hammock activities’. Doesn’t that have a nice ring to it? This term stems from their appearance as activities ‘hanging’ between two dates. In this blogpost, we will give a quick technical explanation and their most common use, but we’ll also show four situations where they can be surprisingly useful.Read more
For a long time, when thinking about Project Management, the first thing people associate to was scheduling. Naturally, most project-based software tools, like Microsoft Project or Primavera P3 and the subsequent Primavera P6 Professional, were focusing on that process. Other tools existed, focusing on different areas, but always a specific one, like Primavera Risk Analysis, for example, which focuses on risks. No well-balanced and integrated tool did exist.Read more
One of the emerging techniques within project controls is (forensic) delay analysis. It is one of the money makers of project controls. Forensic schedule analysts are among the finest and most respected experts in project controls. They study and investigate events and use Critical Path Method-based techniques to calculate the cause and impact of delays with an aim to support claims through negotiation or even legal proceedings.
At Primaned Belgium, we consider it to be a growth opportunity and we do invest a lot of time to continuously improve our skills in delay analysis. Nonetheless, we have mixed feelings about this domain.Read more
As consultants, we frequently come across schedules of substandard quality. You’ve probably seen our top-picks of mistakes as well: overuse of SF-relationships, too many constraints or even the absence of links between the activities. We receive requests to perform a schedule quality analysis more often these days, so it seems that the market starts understanding the importance of quality standards.Read more
More often than preferred, the Project Manager or the Project Controls Engineer is regarded as a watch dog. He looks like the bad guy, raging when the work isn’t progressing as planned. He always tries to PUSH his – sometimes unrealistic and overly complex – planning to people executing the work.
These people responsible for execution feel disconnected with the schedule, it is not their schedule and they certainly did not commit to it.Read more