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Velocity Blog & Velocity Quarterly 

A collection of insights, stories and expert interviews about innovation, management, and leadership in capital projects and infrastructure.

November 14, 2019

Your ability to influence predictable project delivery is highest at the very beginning of a project and declines at every major milestone. Those early days and dollars matter; early definition is not the place to skimp. As U.S. basketball coach John Wooden once said: “When you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

Young people who want to devote their careers to capital construction projects that reshape skylines invariably discover that the path to capital project leadership is largely uncharted. What can we do to help them find their way? »

October 28, 2019

The foundation for a successful transition to Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) is laid long before the creation of a single work package, before the org chart is redrawn and new software is installed, even before the introductory training session. The first stake is driven into the ground when a forward-thinking executive asks this critical question: “Are we ready for A...

October 24, 2019

The magic recipe for predictable project delivery includes a project sponsor who understands and champions Predictability Thinking™ at all levels. Sponsors can achieve this by collecting experience in all aspects of capital project delivery, or they can achieve it by making a conscious effort to study and understand all of the forces that impact predictable project...

October 11, 2019

Leaders must understand modern capital project delivery models because the work undertaken in the earliest days and at the highest echelons not only lays the practical, functional foundation for project predictability, it also sets the tone. Learn more about why executive training in Predictability + AWP can make all the difference »

September 26, 2019

In construction capital projects, Workface Planning is the organization of field execution around the creation of fully resourced packages of work that can be executed by a single construction crew in a discrete period of time, typically five to 10 days or around 1,000 hours. These blocks of work, called Installation Work Packages (IWPs), have four important characte...

September 19, 2019

An Engineering Work Package (EWP) is a diverse set of engineering deliverables that are assembled to support a specified scope of construction work. They typically form the basis of Construction and Installation Work Packages, and so they're a foundational component of the Advanced Work Packaging process. Here's how to do it right. »

September 12, 2019

Having a Path of Construction (PoC) is like having a GPS in your car: You know your critical path, but the PoC will show you precisely how you'll get there. Discover the four simple steps to creating a powerful PoC that will help you deliver your project on-time and on-budget. »

September 5, 2019

The capital project construction industry is in transition, and there is a great deal of confusion around the definition and purpose of one key element of modern capital project management -- the Path Of Construction. This short guide is intended to resolve this confusion and to serve as a quick-reference. »

For centuries, it seems that our industry has operated on the unspoken assumption that “in chaos lies profit.” It worked for a long time, when commodity prices were high and transparency minimal. But chaos won’t work anymore. »

August 8, 2019

Veteran capital project manager and engineer Arno Jansen says executive education, rigorous definition and shared goals are the keys to project predictability. In this one-on-one interview, we trace the origins of the predictability movement and look at what smart companies are doing today to ensure success tomorrow. Keep reading »

July 30, 2019

Capital project costs can be a powerful diagnostic tool. From the very outset, they can help you understand whether you’re on track to deliver your project on-time and on-budget. They can also point the way to more predictable project delivery. The key to leveraging this tool -- and gaining the benefits of predictability-based assurance -- is to expand the way you t...

July 17, 2019

Predictability Thinking™ evolved out of our desire to identify and understand all the levers that can be pulled in our efforts to execute a capital project on-time and on-budget. Discover how your org chart and contracting strategy are undermining predictability -- and how you can fix them.

July 7, 2019

It's time for capital projects professionals to embrace the digitization and automation that has come with the fourth industrial revolution, says Zoubeir Lafhaj. Discover why »

June 24, 2019

How do you make engineers more productive? The best answer we’ve found can be summed up in just two words: Deep Work. This groundbreaking concept, pioneered by professor and author Cal Newport, posits that high quality work is a function not just of time spent, but also level of focus. For capital projects, add competency as well. Get the formula »

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