Software Uncertainty and the WMS in Warehouse Projects

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

Why Risk Management Theory And Practice Differ

“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

Two Tips for Reducing Project Schedule Risk

Project schedules are always a big focus in project execution. There’s so much time, money, and relationships tied to them, especially in big warehouse projects which often include construction, equipment, and software. Nobody likes delays, but there’s a lot ‘under the hood’ of a schedule that can make it go sideways. People, environment, other projects, … Read more