Posts Tagged ‘Industrail PE’

Get What You Specify, Not What you Want

September 15th, 2008 Comments off

As a consulting engineer we recently did a project where the specification
called out asbestos gaskets. Knowing that asbestos has not been used for
years in North America and the fact that the project engineer on the last
project did not want to use them, we assumed that this project engineer
would do the same. We spent some time researching what was used in the past, made up a specification deviation and sent it to the owner. To our surprise he refused the specification deviation as he liked asbestos gaskets and that was what he wanted to use.

This is not an isolated incident and is a problem that all people dealing with
owners have, is what does the owner want? As a service provider, time and
money are wasted when there is confusion and indecision on the owners’
side. People do not know what to do, so nothing gets done. You don’t know
which direction to go, so you spin your wheels. This is not a pleasant position to be in, especially when you figure out one engineers preferences and the next one has different preferences.

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Project Sticker Shock

July 15th, 2008 Comments off

Have you ever gone to a scope review meeting with the client where they keep adding items to your scope. After the changes are added up they can’t understand why their project is now way over budget. This usually ends up  in scope cuts to get back to a reasonable budget. This has happens to all  project managers and will continue into the future. So don’t feel bad if it has
happened to you. What you need to do is understand what is happening and point out to the client that every change they make, added scope, affects the project either in cost, resources, or schedule. There is no getting away from it. You have to understand the relationship between Scope, Schedule, Budget (cost), and Resources (see Figure 1). Resources refers to people, equipment, or materials When one of these parameters changes, one or more of the other three has to change as well.

In other words, as the scope is increased, the budget, schedule or resources required to meet the new scope may change. As a simple

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