September 2000

Project Management/Engineering and Construction

Improved project definition ensures value-added performance – Part 2

These key principles, tools and lessons learned provide managers the ammunition to fight cost and schedule escalations

Smith, C. C., Stone & Webster Engineers and Constructors, Inc.

When executing capital projects, specific techniques can be implemented to minimize problems with scope definition, team integration and project alignment. Safety, cost, operability and schedule performance will all significantly improve on projects with excellent performance in these three areas. Benchmarking is a key part of a quality improvement process. However, total project and corporate commitment must be secured at the project beginning to maximize value and improve the overall project process. Project Definition Benchmarking data from both IPA and CII illustrate that projects with good front end loading, well-integrated

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