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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.

December 2, 2019

Our industry doesn’t understand change. We haven’t invested in understanding what it takes to make change happen, and we don’t even agree on what factors improve results and outcomes. In this article, Olfa Hamdi explores five key roadblocks to transformational change in capital projects, with the hope that, together, we can begin to dismantle them.

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 »

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.

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 »

June 12, 2019

Extraordinary leadership requires perspective. This sounds trite, but it isn't -- it's a sorely needed reminder in an era of profound technological disruption and intergenerational change. The ability to put things into perspective is a skill that must be cultivated and honed. Those who master it become effective, sought-after capital project leaders.

May 30, 2019

Whether you come to AWP proactively or because it's required in a contract or bid document, chances are you'll have to wade through a stew of toxic rumours and wild myths. This article cuts through it. Read more »

May 23, 2019

One of the most powerful ways to distinguish your organization from the competition is to focus on predictability, so you become one of the elite few who can deliver a gas power plant on-time and on-budget. The work involved in achieving predictable project delivery must begin in the pre-planning stages, months and often years before the shovels hit the ground. In th...

April 25, 2019

We’re in the business of making capital projects more predictable, so we spend a lot of time thinking about the principles and practices that have the power to establish and reinforce predictability. We call this predictability thinking™, and it's going to transform your organization. Find out how »

December 14, 2018

How to stop a reactive, fractured schedule and unclear accountabilities from sabotaging your petrochemical capital project. Keep reading »

November 19, 2018

When it comes to capital projects, what does a culture of innovation look like? What will it take to get us there?

Olfa Hamdi is the co-founder of Concord Project Technologies and the founding executive director of the Institute for Advanced Work Packaging. She was a member of the CII research team that produced IR-272, and is now leading the movement for integrated,...

August 3, 2018

Startups are nimble, passionate and innovative. What do they have to teach legacy Owner and EPC companies? Find out »

June 1, 2018

It's time for capital project executives to stop thinking of IT and Project Management as two separate line items. Here's why »

April 13, 2018

Plug your knowledge leaks to get the most out of Advanced Work Packaging. The key: Tech that mirrors your fit-for-purpose work process

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5 Roadblocks To Transformational Change In Capital Projects

December 2, 2019

Capital Project Principles for Executive Decision-Makers

November 14, 2019

Cultivating Capital Project Leaders

November 4, 2019

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