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Project Execution
A Practical Approach to Industrial and Commercial Project Management

ISBN 9781439838631
Published July 7, 2010 by CRC Press
252 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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