January 2015

Project Management

Avoid counterproductive project management practices

For many years, reliability-focused engineers have observed flawed procurement processes for mechanical equipment. Many requirements are supposedly aimed at the lowest possible lifecycle cost; however..

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

For many years, reliability-focused engineers have observed flawed procurement processes for mechanical equipment. Many requirements are supposedly aimed at the lowest possible lifecycle cost; however, they often seem to contradict each other. Over 20 years ago, a young engineer at a high-performance plastics plant in one of the US Mid-Atlantic states expressed her frustration in a simple graphic (Fig. 1). She had printed out a super-sized copy and attached it to the wall. When asked to explain its meaning, she said that her boss was in the habit of demanding all three monosyllabic work execution and project implementation results, as shown in this illustration. She was in the process of t

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