A message from the project manager,
 
Project Management is the planning, scheduling, and controlling of project activities to meet project objectives. The major objectives that must be met include performance, cost, and time goals, while at the same time you control or maintain the scope of the project at the correct level. ( a significant difference from Project Supervision). In today's fast-paced world, organizations that practice sound project management methods have a competitive advantage over those who fly by the seat of the pants. Why? Because competition is rapidly becoming time-based as well as cost-based.  



Ivan Gontko, P.Eng.

 Planning is not a matter of guessing at the future, but creating the future by scheduling events
   

In the seismic exploration industry the cost of the front-end operations represents an average 71% (in a green area) of the total cost, (recording 29%). It is in this phase that the absence of a sound plan will more than likely result in budget overruns, missing deadlines and unacceptable safety management practices. Unfortunately this is happening on a regular basis. Why? People are generally impatient to get on with the work of the project. After all, there are deadlines to meet and other projects demanding our attention. We don't have time for planning - we have too much work to do and clients to satisfy. Regrettably, at the project's eleventh hour when it is too late to recover from poor planning, or no plan at all, we bow in defeat. A new serious problem enters the arena, 'hope creep'. Several resource managers and foremen within the project do not want to give you bad news, so they are prone to tell you that their work is proceeding according to schedule and budget, when in fact it is not. It is their hope that by pushing their team members harder they will win a loosing battle. This 'hope creep' unfortunately leads to serious violation of safety procedures. Next time, we promise ourselves, we will pay more attention to planning details. Somehow that next time never seems to come.

 

It's time for change! 






 Good Planning reduces business risk, contributes to safety and increases productivity by 50% 

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The project plan is indispensable. Not only is it a road map to how the work will be done, but it is also a tool for decision making. A complete plan will clearly state what is to be done, why it is being done, who will do it, when it will be done, what resources will be needed, and what criteria must be met in order for the project to be declared complete and successful.

Planning is done only so that the control can be achieved. Since controlling the project is comparing a project's progress to plan, without the plan there is no control possible!

Ivan Gontko, P.Eng.                                                                              
Project Manager