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Where Do Xerox Machines Go When They Die?

October 31st, 2009 Comments off

In this article I want to tell you about a recycling facility I operated in the Toronto, Ontario, Canada area. This particular facility was deigned to recover precious metals from electronic scrap material. I worked for a consulting engineering firm, the same one as in last months article, and was assigned to the plant as the general manager. When I got involved, the construction was nearly complete and some systems were being commissioned. The consulting firm had a working relationship with the owners who did not have enough money to operate comfortably so we ended up with a financial stake since the bills were not paid. The concept the owners had was to get the equipment running, fine tune the process then sell the package of equipment to other potential investors. For each package sold the owners would collect royalties from the scrap sales, especially the precious metals. They were trying to sell the equipment package around the world and we did get some interest but I never new of anyone who bought a package.

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Influence & Cost of Changes

June 7th, 2009 No comments

As you are aware one of the major challenges of the project manager is managing changes. With projects, change is inevitable, you have to be prepared to handle change, and to manage changes. Changes take place throughout the project and during the different phases of the project life cycle, change will have different effects on the project. In this article I will talk about how the range of influence changes as the project moves along the life cycle. I will also talk about project spending and the cost of change.
Figure 1 shows how the range of influence on a project decreases as the project develops. By range of influence I am talking about the ability to alter the project quality, schedule, cost, and return on investment (ROI). Early on in the project we are just dealing with engineering design so any changes to the scope and schedule does not cost……………..  click here