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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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Interactive planning: The best approach toward project planning.

For the first time, Russel Ackoff (1919-2009), a pioneer researcher in the field of systems thinking and management science, introduced Interactive planning as the most effective method for system planning. By looking carefully to the nature of projects, we realize that projects have all the cha…

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Project Planner or Claim manager?!

Who is responsible for project claims? [H1]

For every project, the final aim is to finish the project within the desired time, cost and quality framework. QC/QA specialists in every project are responsible to meet the quality requirements. But experience shows that in most of the cases, the …

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