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We have some big things in store for AACE International's 2020 Conference & Expo. (In my best Chris Traeger (from Parks & Rec ) impersonation: LITERALLY!  One of those big things was literally so big that it couldn't fit through the front door of AACE's Headquarters office! When it arrived yesterday, it required multiple staff members being pulled away from their desks, unearthing a few tools, and some assistance from a good-natured maintenance worker in our building. Every year we look to make improvements to the Conference & Expo. This year is no exception. Are you curios as to what is inside? Join us in Chicago to see. Go to our ...
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I am happy to announce the official publication of my fifth book titled “Risk, What are You? The Risk Management Book, Children’s Book for all Professionals.” Written and illustrated for children of reading age (with some guidance), young leaders, future managers and all professionals. See the Youtube Book Video Introduction below to learn more. It is now available in Amazon and various international outlets. It is inspirational to hear words that rhyme, uplifting our being when a line and a stanza impart a meaning using the song-like attributes of articulated statements. The uncanny characteristic and power of a poem to send the intended message ...
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Program management is the process of managing several related projects typically to enhance an organization's outlook, better its industry reputation, to improve overall productivity and to avail of long-term opportunities. I would like to re-share with you today one of the approaches I've formulated and used in achieving Program Schedule Integration in the not too distant past. Management of interdependent multiple projects calls for an integrated approach. Interdependent in a sense that some activities of one project cannot start or finish without the predecessor project activities from another project or supporting group started or completed. For small ...
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Being part of the project management community, most of us have a chance to manage engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) projects either as contractors, clients or as part of a consultant’s team. Regardless of your role, you may have noticed that most EPC projects experience delays with respect to the contractual project completion date. Project delays almost feel inevitable. However, they can be avoided if we understand and identify their causes   before   the start of the project—and try to mitigate the gaps during the project lifecycle. An effective PM manages all aspects of an EPC project as it develops in order to identify and mitigate the ...
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Hello All, I’d like to ask for your inputs in choosing the cover design of my upcoming new book, RISK, What are you?  The Risk Management Poem. Children’s Book for all Professionals.  Please click the survey link or any of the image below to choose and send your choice. https://survey.app.do/which-one-is-the-best-book-cover-for-my-upcoming A) Red cover design B) Blue cover design C) Green cover design I have always wanted to write about risk-based management principles in a poetic form. The uncanny characteristic of a poem to send information with amazing clarity catches our senses so that we suddenly become more receptive. ...
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It is my prayer that many of you will be spending some great time with your respective close families and friends. In all the upcoming festive gatherings, make sure you don’t forget the grandparents who started you all! They are very much a part of each family unit that came to be. They’d be thrilled with even just a call from their kids and of course, from their loveable, innocent and amazing grandchildren. Enjoy a few days with the people you truly care about. Share traditional foods, common table, good-natured jokes, lessons learned, unforgettable experiences, plenty of hugs, heart-felt embraces full of affections, forgiveness, and love. The absence ...
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Earlier today, AACE International Headquarters hosted a section leader virtual meeting. The topic was technical guidance resources available for section leaders and members. To find more information regarding how to search within AACE's Virtual Library which includes technical papers from previous Conference & Expo presentations, the TCM Framework , Recommended Practices (RPs), and more, watch this video. Members have access to the TCM Framework , RPs, technical papers from previous Conference & Expos, and more. If you haven't paid your 2020 dues, please do so today so you don't experience an interruption of member services.
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Michael Nosbisch, CCP PSP FAACE, former AACE International President (2011-2012), will be representing the Association at tomorrow’s Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) CEO Roundtable in Dallas, TX. A a component of SAME’s Industry–Government Engagement (IGE) Plan, the topic of discussion for this year's CEO Roundtable is Cost Engineering/Estimating for Military Construction Projects, and will focus on improving the accuracy of cost estimates as the basis for federal construction project planning/funding decisions. AACE is a key stakeholder in this discussion since our cost engineering-related certifications have long been specified by the U.S. Army ...
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Sir Winston Churchill once said, “Fear is a Reaction. Courage is a Decision.” Such a statement makes me appreciate more of our fallen heroes. The awesome pride and inspiration they brought to those who survived strengthened the resolve of all freedom-loving people of the world. Quite clearly, nations remembering their fight to preserve liberty for future generations make all emotionally happy. We are all fortunate recipients of their ultimate sacrifice. God bless their souls! In today’s modern world, courage has taken a variety of forms in pursuit of certain subterfuge goals. Sadly, unbeknownst to many, they’re being led as sheeps to a slaughter. As a reflection, ...
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I have always wanted to write about risk-based management principles in a poetic form. The uncanny characteristic of a poem to send the intended message with amazing clarity catches our senses so that we suddenly become more receptive. We listen more and even unconsciously let down our guard. Our biases disappear to consider the intended message. Today, I am happy to share some segments of that original 18-stanza rhyme poem of (8-6-8-6 metric). The poem wants to present the fundamental concepts of risk in simple terms that even children can understand. Nurturing the belief that risk must be the major consideration while managing any endeavor throughout ...
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At its regular meeting on October 27, 2019, AACE International named Mohammed Rafiuddin, CCP PSP FAACE a Fellow of AACE International. The status of Fellow is a selective and prestigious honor for each recipient. This membership honor is only given upon a nomination of a minimum of five AACE peers, recommendation of the nomination from the Fellow Admissions Committee, and approval of the Board of Directors in recognition of professional attainment and significant accomplishments in total cost management and AACE International. Mohammed Rafiuddin, CCP PSP FAACE joined AACE in 2007. He earned the Certified Cost Professional (CCP) designation in 2007 and ...
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After more years than I care to count (able to remember) working on all manner of projects, and over 20 years working directly as a Project Controls Professional, the one thing that stands head and shoulders above all other core issues related to project delay and failure is the lack of effective use of a project delivery schedule.  But why; after 60+ years of formalized project management, and over 100 years of the Gantt chart, are we still not able to create an effective schedule? Why do we hear so often that the schedule “wasn’t fit for purpose”, or “didn’t provide the real sequence for the way the project was being delivered”? Who has heard the infamous ...
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Rufran's Primavera Scheduling Tips and Tricks 04-13: Improving Primavera Database Security by Managing the Responsible Manager Code (RMC) field 1.0               SITUATION/PROBLEM 1.1   Project’s request to restrict access of other Users to their project schedules & portfolios seemed to have failed. Unauthorized access remains a problem. Contractors working concurrently in the same database were able to sometime see the client’s schedule and modified certain critical attributes despite the security protocol being enforced. Worst of all, one schedule was completely deleted by someone and have to be recovered from the back-end by the Database Administrator ...
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Statistics Canada recently reported that Alberta’s manufacturing sales year-over-year fell 13.2 per cent, with a loss of almost four per cent from December to January. Alberta’s economy continued to shrink because of the collapse of the oil and gas sector (Wikipedia, 2019). Canada is on recession watch after its economy almost stalled at the end of last year. Gross domestic product grew by just 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter, or 0.4 percent annualized. It’s a weak enough number that could easily be revised into a contraction as new data come in (Bloomberg, 2019). In July 2019, Alberta’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.0%, an increase of ...
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For those small businesses wanting to save some money on announcements and ads, know that PM Solution Pro used a combination of the following major tools in the ZERO P6 video explainer shown below : 1) Toonly, 2) CorelVideostudio Ultimate X10, and 3) RenderForest. Developed and created the whole clip ads myself. This simple one minute video animation took me two days (~8 hours). The company saved easy at least USD2000. While many creative idea consulting firms will say they start the counter at a low USD200, or even USD150, that can grow very quickly as the video is being developed. Each component added, each scene changed, audio mix introduced, ...
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The newest addition to PM Solution Pro’s remarkable pool of consulting resources is Pushpendra Patel. With more than thirteen (13) remarkable years of experience in project management and controls, any client will surely be satisfied with the quality and timeliness when it comes to work deliverables. Pat, as he is fondly called by friends and colleagues, is a graduate of BS Civil Engineering with reinforced continuing education in Construction Management. He exudes confidence in his knowledge of project controls as he demonstrates his competence and accomplishments working in complex mega-Projects ranging from $100M-$2Billion. Welcome Pat! Follow the ...
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A recent technical article rightly stated that one of the reasons why a phantom schedule is developed is “when the client no longer has any faith that the contractor’s contract schedule submittals are realistic (Beisler, S. & Zack, J., 2016.Cost Engineering. May\Jun 2016. p21). CLICK THE Image BELOW TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN PM SOLUTION PRO WEBSITE. CLICK THE HYPERLINK BELOW TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN PM SOLUTION PRO WEBSITE. https://pmsolutionpro.com/purpose-of-a-phantom-schedul
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The Phantom Schedule

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A phantom schedule (ghost schedule) is a non-official schedule prepared behind the official scheduling scene. Commonly used as an audit tool to validate or crosscheck the contract schedule. CLICK THE Image BELOW TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN PM SOLUTION PRO WEBSITE. Construction planner and scheduler Frank Lee was at it again. He was in the process of creating and developing another phantom project schedule for the Project Control Manager. The initiative started when the Project Manager complained to the Project Controls Manager. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” he said, “… this schedule forecast and progress report is garbage! It ...
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Click the image below to go straight to the full article. Oftentimes, the discussion on subject such as risk has a tendency to turn into something esoteric. When that happens, as a Risk Manager, we should appreciate the brilliance of some people’s individual premises, suppositions, commentaries, and conclusions, for they can add value and substance to what we already know. Pulling their takes together might just be what everyone needed to appreciate the whole. There is an old tale about the three blind men who encountered an elephant for the first time and attempt to learn about it by touch alone. Well, now, let us change the story ...
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