I love to draw! COVID-19 has given me time to renew my love for the illustrative art. The illustration below (circa 1992) was my interpretation of the Bible’s Revelation Chapter 13 verse 11-18. Very timely reminder to many In this difficult time that the future is at stake. It is my hope and prayer that the picture brings fresh perspective to us all.
Unknown unknowns (black swans) might be in the room, for all we know, but we just cannot see them until circumstances make them visible. Once we see that the risk exists, we would surmise that it no longer qualifies as a black swan event, because we are now aware of the risk, and the element of surprise is no longer there. It is now the normal type of risk that many risk managers are already familiar with, the known unknowns.
The greatest gift a man can give to his children is to love and respect their mother (Hesburgh, T., 1917-2015).
Mother’s Day is here. Don’t forget to honour your mother. Remember your better half! Cheers to all loving Moms!
One of the company websites I managed was gravely impacted by bots attack recently. The first indicator was some noticeable changes to the websites standard/original formatting. This creates unsightly pages, poor font placements and bad colour combinations.
Another adverse impact of the bots after gaining access was to target files, preventing seamless updates. It was difficult to detect because the site seems to continue working. Some pages looked like they’re not affected but only because it was showing static page from the cache.
LinkedIn Premium plans aren’t cheap. This is why I took the most affordable one that fits my immediate professional objectives.
Although I have always felt that I’m paying more than it was worth, I’ve used it for about two years. With the economic downturn that COVID-19 has brought to the fore, work and profitability have become more uncertain. I’m not so sure anymore. It looked pricier than before. It has become less attractive, a good candidate to cutting corners. After all, three hundred sixty dollars a year can be used for something else. It will be like stopping subscription to certain applications and plugins that’s used only once in a while. It’s a form of housekeeping. What do you think?
The domino effect of this health crisis leading to financial downturn, unemployment and disarray, will also bring with it major political and commercial upheaval globally that will affect even the least of us all.
While the government has introduced one form of relief trying to be ahead of the necessity curb through the CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefits), other means have to be made available.
The quality metric designed to measure the project’s Execution Schedule should not be used to measure its DBM schedule. While the former might be a complete, fully detailed schedule ready for execution, the latter lacks maturity, details and completeness. It is like giving the University Senior Year Final examination to High School Freshmen students. It is best to understand first the most pressing quality requirements of the project schedule at its specific stage of development before applying the metric.
According to your project management best practices concept of success, do you think that the project described below is successful? Or, do you think it is not? Please explain your answer. Your valuable professional input is much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
A $3.5billion petrochemicals project was earmarked to produce 175 metric tons per year from its Polyethylene (PE) Plant and 175 metric tons from Polypropylene (PP) plant. The baseline production target date was projected to be delayed by four months or more due to the design, equipment and material issues of the standby extruder/pelletizing mechanical train of the PP and PE unit. Stakeholders and sponsors were nervously and eagerly awaiting to start production as orders were already piled, lined up for the next twelve months. A month of delay in production will be very costly. To the sponsors, a day delay is unthinkable.
I’ve found Acumen fuse becoming more important and pivotal to the project as the scope and estimate mature. This becomes especially true when accompanied by increasing details and complexity of the schedule. It can perform a repeatable and consistent analytical review of the project schedule, a much-needed handle during gate reviews, cold eyes evaluation, interactive planning, strategic sessions, risk assessments, quantitative analysis, schedule cleansing, and more.
Program management is the process of managing several related projects typically to enhance an organization’s outlook, better its industry reputation, to improve overall productivity and to avail of long-term opportunities. I would like to re-share with you today one of the approaches I’ve formulated and used in achieving Program Schedule Integration in the not too distant past.
Management of interdependent multiple projects calls for an integrated approach. Interdependent in a sense that some activities of one project cannot start or finish without the predecessor project activities from another project or supporting group started or completed. For small to medium size program portfolio, effectively managing the overall and overarching schedule can still be quite challenging for Project Managers.