Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 1)

Blog Series: Managing Grid Modernization Programs (Part 1)

Embrace chaos to drive value, collaboration, and tangible benefits This is the first of a four-part blog series that explores the challenges and introduces a practical management framework for utilities to consider when embarking on a large grid modernization effort. The utility business model is undergoing profound change in terms of how energy is produced, delivered, and consumed.…

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Power your Project Management with Power Query

Power your Project Management with Power Query

When running a project, every project manager (PM) maintains a task list, in some form or fashion, to be able to track their progress. Sometimes the PM manages and maintains one task list; however, when projects scale, more complex tracking techniques are needed. A common problem for PMs is the need to consolidate data from several teams, in the form of task lists, status reports or weekly...

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How to Effectively Communicate in a Competitive Market

There are many critical success factors for a project – one of the biggest is communications. Countless projects have failed tremendously not because they were poorly designed or executed, but rather because communication was not a priority.  It is not just communicating that a project is occurring; it is effectively communicating what is happening, when it is happening, how it is happening...

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Dream Crushing Mistakes: The importance of testing and quality assurance

A few weeks ago, Carnegie Mellon University released a statement that one of their programs mistakenly sent acceptance letters via email to about 800 applicants. What department would make such an error? None other than the Computer Science Department. We operate in a world where automation, speed, and ease are characteristics we want to apply to our daily work.…

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Did You Remember to Include the Customer in the Project Plan? – Part 1 of 2

Your project plan is meticulous. Requirements, scope, timeline, milestones and budget have all been finalized. You’re poised for success. Now enter the customer. Nearly 70-percent of all organizational change initiatives fail. Scholars and professionals have analyzed the internal factors that caused them to fail and developed a set of components to help companies lead successful change...

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What is Risk Management and Why is it Important?

Risk Management is a combined and continuous process of decision analysis and proactive management. It identifies and quantifies opportunities and threats. There are four phases of Risk Management that every project manager should follow: Identify Risks – Review baseline cost, and assess baseline cost and schedule risks Analyze Risks – Assess and quantify risks as it relates to...

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No project turnaround needed for the World Cup. But, will it lead to a successful 2016 Olympics?

With the 2014 World Cup a few weeks behind us and the media attention mostly subsided, it’s time to take a look at Brazil’s use of “project turnaround” efforts to remediate many of its pre-hosting issues. Many people, myself included, noticed several factors that could have easily led to “imminent failure” in the weeks leading up to opening day.…

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