August- 17: In this month’s e-Portrait: This month we’re sharing another article from Joseph Wilkinson, one of our Senior Consultants based in Australia. In it he outlines nine fundamentals of good project management. They might not be what you’d imagine, so it’s well worth a read, even if you’re a seasoned project manager.
To go with the article, we’ve got a case study about our work with the joint venture that’s building the Al Rayyan Stadium in Doha, Qatar. They brought us in to help them boost the productivity of their workforce. We set out to increase productivity by at least 40% and achieved an improvement of around 55%, despite the extreme midsummer heat and humidity.
July- 17: In this month’s e-Portrait: This time we’re featuring an article from Icten Eraybat, one of our project managers based in Dubai. In it she clarifies the distinction between business analytics and business intelligence and takes a look at their power to improve a business, if you know how to use them.
To accompany the article, we’ve got a case study about our work with Panama Ports Company. When they came to us for help improving their business structure they were already collecting a lot of data but didn’t have many KPIs in place to help them measure productivity and performance. As well as helping them develop and implement an effective new organisational design and improving internal communications, we put management control systems in place so they could monitor the impact of the changes.
June- 17: In this month’s e-Portrait: This time we’re featuring another article from Jaison Joseph, a Senior Consultant with Renoir India. In it he considers the importance of making clear links internally between production and sales and also taking advantage of external insights to drive continuous improvement in these fast-changing times.
To accompany it, we’ve got a case study about our work with one of our Indian clients – Century Metal Recycling. Theirs is an interesting story of supply and demand, as they depend on scrap metal coming from around the world to produce aluminium and zinc alloys for local automotive companies. To reduce inventory they work on a just-in-time basis, however there were often faced with long waiting times for supplies.
We helped them improve their processes and management control systems and get staff engaged in proactively managing performance. The results included a 40% improvement in shipping compliance and a 26% improvement in alloy production plan compliance.
May- 17: In this month’s e-Portrait: Our article this time is by Angeline Loh, one of our Consultants based in Malaysia. Looking at some of the fundamentals of effective organisational structure and design, this is one for business leaders in all industries.
To go with it, we’ve got another case study about our work with the joint venture working on the Green Line of Qatar’s Doha Metro. We helped PSH improve its planning, supervisory processes and manpower allocation, giving a huge boost to labour efficiency nearly triple the target set, leading to financial benefits of more than QAR 40 million.
April - 17: In this month’s e-Portrait: This month we’re featuring another article from Joseph Wilkinson, one of our Senior Consultants based in Australia. This time he takes a look at the vital importance of production planning and how to check whether your production plan is as effective as it needs to be in today’s competitive business environment.
To accompany it we’re sharing a case study from a recent project for a client in the manufacturing sector. We helped South Africa’s Willard Batteries ramp up their production levels, hitting a 32% increase in daily average production by week 10 of the project. We also helped them boost efficiency in a number of ways, including reducing total rework by 74% by week 18 and improving the accuracy of production planning.
March- 17: In this month’s e-Portrait: This month’s article is by Joseph Wilkinson, one of our Senior Consultants based in Australia. In it he looks at the psychology behind our drive to avoid loss and outlines practical steps successful businesses take to minimise losses, including hidden ones, and maximise gains.
To accompany it, we’re sharing a case study from our work with Austrian building contractor PORR, focused on increasing productivity in the fabrication of components for the new metro system in Doha, Qatar. We helped them improve the speed and efficiency of the production process and reduce the cost per unit in preparation for a 15% increase in volume.
February- 17: In this month’s e-Portrait: Our article this month comes from one of our project managers for North America, Tom Hryhorysak, who specialises in leading projects for clients in the engineering and manufacturing sectors. In it he analyses why engineering companies often fail to embrace the concept of continuous improvement and how the problem can be addressed.
While the article focuses on issues that commonly face companies in the engineering sector, as always, there are valuable lessons to be learnt whatever industry you’re in.
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