Integrated Schedule, a Must Have in Program Management

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.

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Book cover design for new book

I have always wanted to write about risk-based management principles in a poetic form. The uncanny characteristic of a poem to send information with amazing clarity catches our senses so that we suddenly become more receptive. We listen more and even unconsciously let down our guard. Our biases disappear to consider the intended message.

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Christmas Day Reflection : “It’s about God, Families and Friends.”

It is my prayer that many of you will be spending some great time with your respective close families and friends. In all the upcoming festive gatherings, make sure you don’t forget the grandparents who started you all! They are very much a part of each family unit that came to be. They’d be thrilled with even just a call from their kids and of course, from their loveable, innocent and amazing grandchildren.

Enjoy a few days with the people you truly care about. Share traditional foods, common table, good-natured jokes, lessons learned, unforgettable experiences, plenty of hugs, heart-felt embraces full of affections, forgiveness, and love.

The absence of family makes one sad, most especially during Christmas holiday. It is a difficult situation where a good friend can be a life-saver. Here’s wishing everyone in need on such an occasion to find a pair of helping hands, a just, good friend for this holy season.

God bless us all!

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Remembrance Day Reflection : “Fear is a Reaction. Courage is a Decision”

Sir Winston Churchill once said, “Fear is a Reaction. Courage is a Decision.”

Such a statement makes me appreciate more of our fallen heroes. The awesome pride and inspiration they brought to those who survived strengthened the resolve of all freedom-loving people of the world. Quite clearly, nations remembering their fight to preserve liberty for future generations make all emotionally happy. We are all fortunate recipients of their ultimate sacrifice. God bless their souls!

In today’s modern world, courage has taken a variety of forms in pursuit of certain subterfuge goals. Sadly, unbeknownst to many, they’re being led as sheeps to a slaughter. As a reflection, let us all be vigilant! We need to open our eyes, ears, and mind before making any life-changing decision, especially something that might adversely affect our nation and the world. Make it doubly sure that we are after something real, based on truths and goodness.

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The Risk Management Poem (Children’s Book for all Professionals)

I have always wanted to write about risk-based management principles in a poetic form. The uncanny characteristic of a poem to send the intended message with amazing clarity catches our senses so that we suddenly become more receptive. We listen more and even unconsciously let down our guard. Our biases disappear to consider the intended message.

Today, I am happy to share some segments of that original 18-stanza rhyme poem of (8-6-8-6 metric). The poem wants to present the fundamental concepts of risk in simple terms that even children can understand.

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Questions About Project Cost Reconciliation

Some cost management professionals said it’s a waste of time chasing, say, USD0.25, spending hours to reconcile. The cost of the effort involved translates to maybe more than tens of thousand times the amount being reconciled.

My question to you all. 1) Do you think that this reconciliation exercise down to the cents value is really needed and why? 2) Is there a better approach?… a faster way of reconciliation? Rufran hashtag#pmsolutionpro hashtag#rufranfrago hashtag#projectmanagement Picture credit: blog paytraq.com, 2019.

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Pushpendra (Pat) Patel takes on the role of PM Solution Pro Senior Project Controls Advisor

The newest addition to PM Solution Pro’s remarkable pool of consulting resources is Pushpendra Patel. With more than 13 remarkable years of experience on project management and controls, his client will surely be satisfied with the quality and timeliness when it comes to work deliverables. Pat, as he is fondly called by friends and colleagues, is a graduate of BS Civil Engineering with reinforced continuing education in Construction Management. He exudes confidence in his knowledge of project controls as he demonstrates his competence and accomplishments working in complex mega-Projects ranging from $100M-$2Billion.

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Digital Transformation for Utilities

Digital transformation is all around us, whether it is depositing a cheque by phone, asking Alexa to turn down lights in a room, or smart kitchen devices sending cooking progress via Bluetooth. Using remote sensors and analytics to capture data and discover valuable insights about customers, assets and suppliers has opened a frontier for new innovative services and approaches to doing business.

Broadly placed under the term digitalization, this development gives an organization better visibility into their operations and more control over outcomes, saving much time and effort while reducing human error and improving the overall customer experience and service quality. Is there a business case for digital transformation of utilities that operate vast system of assets and deliver vital services to many customers?

As digital applications become mainstream, it is getting vital for the utilities to have a digital strategy to effectively manage the increasingly complex nature of their networks and services.

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Typical Attributes of a Phantom Schedule

Some of the typical attributes of a Phantom Schedule are as follow:

1) Secret (unknown to the other contracting party)

2) It is a simplified version of the contract schedule

3) Considered more reliable and accurate

4) Viewed as a validation schedule that provides better forecasts5.

5) Updated in the background by sponsoring party

6) Decision-making tool by sponsoring party. Management decisions are no longer based on the forecast of the current contract schedule.

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The Phantom Schedule

A phantom schedule (ghost schedule) is a non-official schedule prepared behind the official scheduling scene. The timing of its creation can be anywhere between project start date to completion. The urgency governing its creation depends largely on the specific purpose and necessity to which it was created.

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