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Project Earned Value Management: Let's kick it off...

In project management, Earned Value Management or EVM is one of those concepts which however it has been a topic for many project management knowledge sources, still a wide range of project managers have not started to take advantage of this powerful tool; or they still did not use it completely. …

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How to create a quality work breakdown structure to eat your elephant!

How do you eat an elephant?! 

Long time ago I was talking to a program manager and he was explaining to me the reason that the whole work of a giant refinery turnaround is divided to sub projects. He asked me:

  • “How do you eat an elephant?”

And immediately answered himself:

  • “Of course…

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Milestone table instead of schedule: A dangerous trap for the project team!

“Why do we need the schedule? Give me the target dates and I know the rest!”

Have you heard this sentence before? If you are working in a project environment as a planner or project manager, most likely your answer is yes!

This is a fact that many of the project team members or even project …

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How to Organize Interactive Planning Session (Part B)

In the previous article I explain how you should organize your Interactive Planning Session. If you have adequately prepared yourself for the IAP, the rest is very easy to handle. Just before starting with a brief list of actions you need to do during your IAP session, bear in mind that like an…

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How to organize an Interactive Planning Session (Part A)

The theoretical backbone of Interactive Planning (IAP) methodology has been introduced for the first time by Russel Ackoff in 1971; however it seems “Jacobs Engineering” is the company which developed IAP as a tool specifically for project planning and management based on the main principle that…

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