Better Projects Faster

Most managers have had experience of projects which failed to deliver their promise or where costs escalated far beyond their original estimate. This theme covers the causes of common problems of project delays and overspend with the aim of providing a road map to deliver flawless operation from day 1 for new operations, new assets and upgrades.

We have created a short video setting out how to avoid common project management pitfalls.  There is also a short diagnostic on assessing how the capability of your current project process to prevent common project problems.  Completing this with your project team is a useful way of surfacing issues and improving current processes.

One of the most common causes of Manufacturing Project Management failure can be traced back to the organisations approach to Performance Management. Where this is weak, in the short term it is just easier to work around problems and move on. It is a pragmatic approach but one that results in project teams weighed down by that legacy outlook.

Early Equipment Management is a continuous improvement process designed to overcome these weaknesses as part of the project process.  The term Early refers to the aim of finding latent problems as early as possible in the project where they can be resolved at lowest cost.  The process is also designed to systematically improve your organisations ability to deliver new product, new equipment and new systems in less time with less resource and higher return on investment. 

Although it may seem counter intuitive  when dealing with new assets, a good starting point is the systematic review of existing work routines for current assets. Start with the hot spot issues that soak up peoples time but never quite result in major outages. There is something to learn even where the asset is due for replacement.  Research shows that human error due to poor work routines is at the heart of 50% of recurring problems. Another 30% or so of those problems are due to poor standard setting which impacts on set up and inspection work routines. Understanding these cause effect mechanisms results in standards that aid the comparison of options and vendor solutions.

The use of design standards and checklists at key project milestones also helps to avoid omissions and guide decision making. Its like performance management for projects.
Each milestone incorporates an improvement theme to drive out latent design weaknesses, encourage new thinking and align project team priorities.  The resulting project governance process can also be used to inject lessons learned to other assets and processes which in turn benefits future project deliverables.

To learn more why not check out our Early Equipment Management article which explains the common pitfalls and how to avoid them.  That covers project stages from concept through to full operation.

You might also want to check out our courses designed to help you Deliver Better Projects Faster.  Click on the links to find out more.