Improving Projects Performance at CH2M

Efficiency is important in improving organizational performance, especially in the Engineering & Construction industry where project margins are so thin. CH2M, a leading global engineering company providing consulting, design, construction and operations services recognized that in order to improve the performance of their projects, they needed to increase efficiency by eliminating the time spent manually...
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The Disjoint Between Project Controls and the ERP

Over the last 15-20 years I’ve had many a good debate on the merits of using mainstream ERP systems to manage project finances. Of course, the more accurate term is project cost controls, as opposed to project accounting, as cost engineers know these things to be discrete disciplines. The confusion stems from where they overlap;...
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Stop The Monthly Madness: 7 Steps to Real Project Control

It’s month end.  The new VP of Engineering recently issued an edict that ALL projects’ forecasts must be updated monthly, regardless of project size and status.  A noble ideal, for sure.  Like many such edicts, however, nothing else changed.  Your control estimates were rushed together with less than 10% of design complete, Work Breakdown Schedule...
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PPM with a Pulse

Project portfolio management (PPM) is a centralized approach to planning and managing projects, including the practices of capital planning, workforce optimization, project selection, and portfolio analysis. The project management institute says that projects will deliver far more quickly and at lower cost if there are good PPM processes and systems in place. Why is that?...
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