Resources: White Papers

Golden Thread of Change Management

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This white paper explores the importance of having robust change management procedures, processes, and tools on a project. Known as the golden thread of change management, it provides traceability of changes so that organizations can follow a change from its current position back through the entire life of the project. Learn about the five factors of a successful golden thread implementation and five benefits of utilizing a robust change management process.

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Five Pillars of Project Controls

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This white paper explores the fundamental elements required to deliver a mature, effective and robust project controls capability. The aim of every project controls team should be the delivery of actionable information, at the right time, in the appropriate format and correctly contextualized. This information is the basis for decision making and is critical for all types of projects regardless of size and complexity. Learn more about the five pillars of project controls today!

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Why Using Excel is Lining You Up for Failure

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When it comes to project management, Excel spreadsheets are one of the most popular tools on the market. It comes included with your Microsoft Office license and is flexible enough to create highly specific functions from scratch. So, what’s the catch? While spreadsheets can be powerful, they come loaded with an inherent risk of error and tend to become complicated and unmanageable as projects grow.
This white paper dives into the risks you face when using spreadsheets as your primary project management tool.

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Why Do We Need Good Project Controls?

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This white paper explores why project management cannot be successful without strong project controls to keep the project on track. It identifies the components that make up a good project controls system (people, processes and software) and how this system ultimately helps an organization to achieve success.

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Time Phased Budget vs Cost Loaded Schedules

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This white paper defines the challenge all projects face: how do you accurately predict and report on the success of the project and still have time to actually manage it? The answer is by creating a Performance Measurement Baseline to plan, track, and report project progress against. In addition to being sound project management, a Performance Measurement Baseline is part of the ANSI Standard for Earned Value Management Systems (ANSI EIA 748-A).

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Integration in a Project Controls Environment

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In a project controls environment, integration of project, program and portfolio data is essential to make key business decisions. This white paper explores how to effectively integrate project controls data, defines service oriented architecture and its interactions with applications and discusses the benefits that can be realized by managing programs from a central point.

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AACE Analyzing S-Curves

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This white paper explores the AACE International Recommended Practice 55R-09 on analyzing S-curves and describes how an earned value management tool, like PRISM G2, can be used to meet and exceed its requirements.

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AACE Variance and Analysis Reporting

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This white paper explores AACE’s newest recommended practice, 86R-14, which provides guidance for planning, performing, managing, and controlling the variance analysis process. This white paper outlines how to use PRISM to easily follow the guidelines outlined in the recommended practice.

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AACE Earned Value Management

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This white paper explores the 32 EVM principles in the ANSI standard EIA-748C; taking these 32 principles and associating them with the National Defense Industrial Association’s (NDIA) Earned Value Management Systems Intent Guide. Learn how to use ARES PRISM to conform to the AACE International Recommended Practice 82R-13 today.

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Sunk Cost Fallacy

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This white paper explores the Sunk Cost Fallacy and how it not only applies to projects but also to project management investments. Do we ignore a better situation simply because we fear wasting the time or money we have already spent? Do we sink more cost into a failing project because otherwise, it would mean admitting failure? Some companies have made significant investments into their project controls processes and tools only to realize that they are at a crossroads. While it may be tempting to include sunk costs in the decision-making process, it is important to recognize the associated repercussions.

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Enterprise Estimating Software

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This white paper explores why it is important to investigate construction estimating software; what functionality should be sought after and, most importantly, how to achieve a successful implementation within the organization while delivering a good return on investment.

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Strategies for Highly Effective PMOs

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The Project Management Office (PMO) is responsible for enabling the decision-making process; verifying and reporting progress; and facilitating communication across the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), Project Management Contract (PMC), and Owner Operator (OO). This white paper provides strategies utilized by high performing and maturing PMOs to accomplish these goals.

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Owners Need Project Controls Too

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This white paper explores best practices for owners to follow in regards to effective project management. It analyzes the level of control an owner needs when managing their projects, the various steps an owner can take to ensure that their projects are being managed correctly, and highlights the benefits to integrated project controls.

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Top Risks Mitigation Strategies

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This white paper explores ten common risks associated with software solution implementations. Best-in-class organizations invest in enterprise solutions. But sometimes the implementation fails to deliver a Return on Investment (ROI) because these risks were not recognized and managed.

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Business Case for Software Investment

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This white paper explores the business case of deciding between custom software and commercial off the shelf (COTS) software. You know your current project controls processes are not working. You are now wondering what type of project management solution best meets your company’s needs. Deciding between custom software and a commercial off the shelf solution may seem like a daunting task. However, if you lay out the costs and savings side by side, the answer becomes very clear.

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