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January 25, 2010

Mtg: Big Gains in Productivity and On-time Delivery: Winning Schedules and Management Methods

by @ 6:21 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY February 4, 2010
SCV Technology Management Chapter
Speaker: Oliver Gildersleeve, VP, EPM Solutions
Time: Guided Networking at 6:30 PM; Sandwiches/drinks at 7:15 PM; Presentation at 7:45 PM
Cost: $10 (IEEE member), $13 (non member) – Cash or check at the door; add $3 without reservation
Place: Ramada Inn, 1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale
RSVP: Through the website

Developing new products and enhancements during the bottom of this recession enables company recovery and growth when the economy expands.? Minimizing costs and maximizing revenue depends on high productivity and avoidance of delivery slippages.? New products drive your company.? Projects produce the new products.? Schedules drive projects.? Schedule templates accelerate planning productivity and enable:
â?¢ Aligning projects with defined processes; thus, structuring projects consistently.
â?¢ Reducing the chance of omitting tasks during planning.
â?¢ Improving communications with management and team-members by calling the same kind of work in different projects by the same task name.
â?¢ Accumulating lessons learned as they arise.
â?¢ Gathering data to improve estimating of future projects by bottom-up scaling of tasks.

On-time delivery depends on:
â?¢ Staggering new projects to keep workload below capacity.
â?¢ Setting and adhering to project priorities and change-management during execution.
â?¢ Estimating task work (not durations).
â?¢ Reporting actual work and remaining work (not percent complete).
â?¢ Managing a variance buffer and a contingency for risks of delay throughout execution.

This presentation demonstrates the use of a schedule template and presents methods for keeping commitments to new product delivery dates.

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