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Project Execution

A Practical Approach to Industrial and Commercial Project Management, 1st Edition

By Chitram Lutchman

CRC Press

252 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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Written by Chitram Lutchman, a project management professional with more than 20 years of field and business experience, Project Execution: A Practical Approach to Industrial and Commercial Project Management gives you a more optimistic view of this exciting and challenging area. The book focuses on the essential requirements for successful execution of commercial and industrial projects. It differs from other project management books by focusing exclusively on the Execution Stage of the project, leveraging this opportunity for value maximization for the organization.

Lutchman identifies people, process, and systems readiness as key components of an overall Milestone Readiness Process. When managed properly, this readiness approach to project management greatly increases the ability of project leaders to deliver on budget and on schedule. The author highlights practical measures and tools that can be used by Project Leaders to promote smooth and controlled execution of a project, rewarding all stakeholders through a collective value maximization effort. He also pinpoints safety as a priority, strong leadership behaviors and stakeholder relations and management as key requirements for success. Lutchman draws on his in-the-trenches know-how and frontline experiences to provide practical recommendations for project execution requirements that, while intuitive, are very likely to be forgotten given the many competing priorities of project leaders.

Whether you are a seasoned professional with years of experience or a novice just getting your feet wet, this book enhances your preparedness, skills, and capabilities in project execution or project support roles. This easy-to-follow road map is well equipped with practical tools, ideas, and concepts that enhances your ability to keep projects on budget and on schedule.

Table of Contents

The Project Cycle


The Simplified Project Cycle

Practical Workforce Management Tips


Have the Right Person for the Right Job: Leadership Skills Are an Absolute

Make Safety a Priority

Hire a Mature Workforce

Place Emphasis on Developing Strong Teams

Ensure Clear Expectations, Responsibilities and Authorities are Communicated

Have a Retention Plan (Avoid Being a Training Ground)

Treat Everyone Fairly and with Respect

Encourage and Support Leadership Visibility at the Front Line

Embrace and Promote Diversity in the Workforce

Recognize and Reward Exceptional Contributions

Celebrate Milestone Achievements and Successes

Avoid Conflict among Operations, Construction, and Commissioning Organizations

Have a RACI Chart

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

Rotate Personnel Out as Required

Ensure Adequate Facilities Are Available

Practical Work Process Management Tips for Success in Project Execution


Do Not Reinvent the Wheel

Ensure Proper Representations at PHAs and HAZOPS

Use Construction and Commissioning Organizations with

Consistently High Standards of Work

Apply Simple Control Systems that Work

Ensure Ownership and Buy-In by All Stakeholders

Get Big Quickly When Required and Lean in a Well-Orchestrated


Delay Process Hazard Introduction as Long as Possible

Centralize the Work Permitting System

Use Commissioning and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) at All Times

Maintain a Log of Activities and Events on Critical Systems

Have a Backup or Contingency Plan

Flush All Critical Systems Before Putting into Service

Consider Human Factors in Designs

Know When to Focus on Optimization and Efficiency Improvements

Ensure an Effective Document Control System Exists

Capture and Share Lessons Learned

The Readiness Processes: An Overview


Milestone Determination

Criteria for Readiness

The Weighting Process

Who Is Who in the Readiness Process

Pulling It Together

Empowerment and Accountability

The Go-No-Go Decision

People Readiness


Building the Operations Organization

Criteria for Readiness

Training and Qualification

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Critical Practices

Codes of Practices

Training, Qualification, and Competency Matrices

Push/Pull Effect of the Training Qualification and Competency Matrix

Competency Assessors

Process Readiness


Computerized Maintenance Management Systems

Criticality of Equipment and Development of Work Packages

Procurement of Spares, Warehousing, and Maintenance Workshop

Contractors and Service Providers

Support Services: Human Resources, Accounting, Communications, Information Technology, Employee Assistance Programs

Relationship Management

Critical Ranking of Operating Areas and Operating Personnel Allocation

Systems Readiness


Mechanical Completeness

Design Quality and Operating Standards and Adherence to an MOC Process

Controls Tested within Design Limits

Regulatory Compliance

Safety Systems Installed and Functional

Live Systems Communication Notices

System Walkdown, Deficiency Identification, and Deficiency Resolution

System Turnover Documentation Completed and Adequately Packaged

Stakeholder Management


Internal and External Stakeholder Groups

Stakeholder Communications

Stakeholder Interest and Expectation Map

Managing the Budgets


Wages and Salaries

Managing Employee Turnover

Waste Management and Rework

Competitive Pricing Structures

Cost Escalation from Lagging Labor Productivity

Cost Associated with Project Schedule Slippages

Managing Project Scope

Treating Expenses Associated with Safety as a Benefit as Opposed to a Cost

Situ-Transformational Leadership Behaviors: A Model for the Future


The Frontline Leader

Senior Leadership (Strategic Leader)


Appendix 1: Sample Standard Operating Procedure

Appendix 2: Sample Critical Practice

Appendix 3: Sample Code of Practice

Appendix 4: System Turnover Responsibilities and Method

Appendix 5: Checks and Tests Performed by the Operations and Commissioning Organizations

Appendix 6: System Turnover Documentation and Control Glossary of Terms



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Design / General