Software upgrades are a necessary part of the information systems life cycle and there are various requirements that drive the need for upgrades. Upgrading systems is not an easy process, but utilizing best practices and applying PMI’s project management principles can play a big part in ensuring a positive outcome.
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When Sound Transit decided to expand the light rail system in Seattle, Washington, USA, it had to find a way to tunnel under the densely populated city without disrupting life above ground. Seattle was the second worst city in the U.S. for time commuters were stuck in traffic. The University Link Light Rail Extension extended the light rail system 3.2 miles (5 kilometers) through underground tunnels providing relief for roadway congestion. The rail line opened months ahead of schedule, and the project closed US$200 million under budget. This project was a finalist for the 2017 PMI Project of the Year Award. Learn about this awarded project’s challenges, best practices, and lessons learned in this webinar.
The Guaíba 2 Project launched by Celulose Riograndense (CMPC) generated 80% of its own energy through product processes. Attend this webinar to hear about the project’s challenges, best practices, and lessons learned.
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This Excel template can be used by project managers as a reference to help plan their solar power project. The WBS structure with tentative durations will guide them in managing the project effectively, and activities can be added in detail.
Use this project management plan outline for projects in the electrical product manufacturing industry. It includes sections for an executive summary and plans for scope, quality, schedule, resources, communications and more.
This template is aimed at project managers of solar projects. It allows you to create the project budget starting from the Engineering Department Bill of Quantities. It gets to the contract price starting from the total project cost. It also manages three currencies, allows you to set up project cost monitoring and generates project cash flow. It can be a good basis for historical data analysis, and can make an important contribution in the project reporting production.
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Scope creep is a serious challenge that outage managers, outage engineers and planners face before and during an outage. In order for us to manage it, we must understand what scope creep is—and what its causes are.
The question many people have with outages is on how to manage them. Should they be treated as a project or a process? The key to a successful outage is a detailed preparation plan followed by smart monitoring of critical parameters.
New technology projects carry a high degree of uncertainty. Agile promises to manage uncertainty. Does this make for a natural match? Or are there more factors that influence the project manager’s chosen approach to a new project?
Energy firms are aware that the world is watching their actions concerning environmental impact. In this context, Chevron’s El Segundo Coke Drum project—winner of PMI’s Project of the Year Award in 2015—is well worth studying. The project was successful, delivered under budget and with an excellent safety record.
Nuclear technology and project management have a long standing relationship. The River Corridor Closure Project was a finalist for the PMI Project of the Year award in 2015. As a large-scale project that dealt with significant hazards and large budgets successfully, there is much to learn from this project.
Public-private partnership projects can help emerging economies fill infrastructure gaps—if governments define a clear ROI.
A new wave of nuclear power plant projects must overcome gaps in talent, the supply chain and public support.
Once project planning begins, procurement quickly becomes a vital activity. Whether you are building a bridge, installing a software upgrade or launching a new product, procurement matters to project success. Procurement poses both ethical and practical challenges.
Studies have shown that inappropriate requirements are the leading cause of project failure. And a few categories of requirements are not as well documented--and should be considered when it comes to projects within the natural resources and energy sectors. This article discusses the consideration of said requirements, along with the associated risks and opportunities.
Chevron gets creative to meet the needs of a fuel-hungry U.S. metropolis.
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