Recently I ran across some extremely interesting data analysis about software project estimates versus actuals, courtesy Erik Bernhardsson (hereafter, “EB”). It provides context about how much risk is in software projects, and by implication, how to identify and manage that risk. Since PL Programs project consultants structure and manage supply-chain projects like fulfillment centers, distribution … Read more
“I can’t wait to do the status report this week!” said no one ever. Yet project status reporting is a critical – maybe *the* critical – part of the overall communications plan. If project management is about bringing clarity to the project team, then the status report is the tool for making the project clear. … Read more
If you think a big projects executed well cost a lot of money, just wait until you have one that goes poorly. The implication is that that good project management increases project value by removing risk to those initial cash flows. Here is how we think about the sources of value of good project management … Read more
Warehouse projects come in a range of sizes. There are small brownfield startups. There are large, million-plus square foot automated distribution and fulfillment centers. Some are done by companies for themselves. Some are done by third-party logistics companies for their customers. Some are done to support businesses shipping out a handful of SKUs, others have … Read more
“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.” This bon mot attributed to Yogi Berra sums up the state of risk management in projects. Risk management is supposed to be a defined process backed up with quantitative tools. In reality, it rarely is. This difference between “what project managers … Read more
Congratulations! You’ve looked at the numbers and company strategy and the payback is there. You’ve decided that you need a new warehouse, distribution center, or fulfillment center. You’re planning on using a consultant, design firm, integrator, 3PL, or other partner to implement your vision. But there are many challenges and risks in designing a new … Read more
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Companies starting warehousing & distribution sites have an important decision to make. It’s about resourcing. Who will implement the site? Despite drawbacks, there’s a strong case for engaging external consultants to help your distribution and warehousing projects succeed. Here’s why: Startup Resource Planning Many factors go into planning startup team resourcing. First is the total … Read more