Hierarchy Theory and the Sound of One Hand Clapping
Application of hierarchy theory helps in understanding complexity and is a tool that you should have in your engineering and management toolboxes.
Simple Rules in a Complex World
In this column, Howard Duhon examines different types of complexity theory.
Project Complexity Requires Enterprise Thinking
The failure rate for megaprojects is often blamed on complexity. A dinner during ATCE asked whether there is a limit to the degree of complexity we are capable of effectively managing.
Simplification: A Moral Imperative
The author muses on oil supply and demand and complexity in projects.
Standardization vs. Innovation vs. Optimization: Buying or Building Your Dream Car
Given the inherent differences in projects, the author discusses how can standardization be used to avoid creating each one from scratch, and what the benefits of standardizing might be for the industry.
Composite Results of the Project Complexity Study
PFC Technical Director Howard Duhon asked readers about the drivers of project complexity. Here are the results.
Upstream Offshore-Facility Weight-Growth Study
To help the industry understand offshore-facility weight predictability, IPA recently conducted a comprehensive study that sheds new light on facility weight performance and identifies the root causes of weight growth, providing guidelines for improving predictability.
Share Your Experiences in Project Design: Study To Identify Drivers of Complexity
A few months ago while at lunch with a project team, I heard an engineer lament about how much more difficult it is to execute a project now than in years past.
Is Overworking Ourselves Resulting in Ineffectiveness?
Complexity isn't just about the projects we build, but everything in our work. Everyone is "too busy to help." Can we optimize and free up "engineering hours" to use for more valuable and fun activities?
Oil and Gas Industry Megaprojects: Our Recent Track Record
Earlier studies showed that the results of oil and gas megaprojects were quite similar to the results from other industries. More investigation shows a poorer track record, largely due to the poor functional integration that characterizes upstream project organizations.
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