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  • 1. Managing ProjectsWithout Being Buried In Schedules Norm Smith Vice President, SmithOps
  • 2. how did we get here?High Costs – Can’t Keep Up with Changes – Frequent Project Surprises
  • 3. we want “balance” Team Conduit SchedulPM e 1,000+ lines Utility ≥ Cost
  • 4. But we overdo detail Team Conduit Schedul ePM 10,000+ lines Utility = Cost
  • 5. Change happens Team Conduit Schedul ePM To Fro ✗m Utility ≈ Cost
  • 6. Plus maintenance Team Conduit Schedul ePM New % Old % ✗ Utility < Cost
  • 7. We Get buried Team Conduit Schedul + Details + Change ePM + Maintenance New Old ✗ ✗ Utility << Cost
  • 8. We Get Schedule DivergenceThe gap formed when your people and your plan head in different directions.
  • 9. how do we prevent this?High Costs – Can’t Keep Up with Changes – Frequent Project Surprises (Now that we know how it happens)
  • 10. Electron Microscope DetailVariables Are Details, Changes, and Maintenance 1. Control the Detail 2. Control the Detail 3. Control the Detail
  • 11. 9/23/05 8/21/08, PDR 8/22/08 6/16/11, CDR 6/30/11 11/20/14 7/1/11 6/17/11 11/5/14, Dev & Test 10/3/14 4/7/15 US to GO for O1 5/19/15 8/13/15 US to GO for O2 10/1/09 MAF Construction to Support RWT 2/1/10 5/22/12, Tooling Setup/Weld Development 3/21/11 3/22/11 5/23/12 3/19/13, IVGVT CB M&A 11/9/11 6/23/11 6/17/11 7/17/12, SQ02A M&A 7/31/12 4/19/11 6/17/11 1/30/13, ISTA MAF I&A 11/20/12 Ares I Upper Stage Engine 11/20/12 1/30/13 ISTA US Avail. to Ship 11/20/12 2/10/06 8/9/07, PDR 2 STA CB M&A 8/10/07 11/13/08, CDR 6/1/10 10/1/10 J2x ATP 4/21/10 A-2 Handover to Ares 6/30/11 12/30/10 A-2 Available 2/21/12 3 8/31/12 A-3 Available 11/14/08 8/26/10, Fab E10001 2/9/11 8/30/11 1/3/11 4/6/11, #10001 A2 Test 2/17/12 5/18/12 7/11/11 3/27/12, #10003 A2 Test 11/23/12 12/28/12 3/28/12 8/7/12, #10004 A2 Test 4/25/13 What’s the right amount of detail? 6/4/13 1/22/13 7/30/13 3/22/13 3/15/13, USE Testing 7/23/13 O1 USE to US 3/20/13 1/18/13 3/18/13, Cert Engine 1 5/14/13 The minimum amount of detail required to 7/3/13 4/2/13 6/6/13 6/14/13 5/28/13, Cert Engine 2 8/28/13 9/9/13, O2 Flt Engine 8/29/13successfully manage the project at a given point 12/23/13 9/10/13 3/4/14 10/29/13 10/29/13, A3 Tests 3/4/14 Avail for O2 US 4 Ares I Software in time. 5/13/10* FSW PDR2 10/20/14 8/4/14 USE DCR 6/30/11* FSW CDR
  • 12. Diminishing granularityFine details near term. Coarse details far term. Also known as Agile Scheduling.
  • 13. Moving Focus – 6 Week Rolling Wave ForwardShuttle Tile Repair Kit STS-114 Return to Flight
  • 14. Flat schedules Each level adds an order of magnitude of detail.Learn to capture projects with fewer levels.
  • 15. Example Use metrics Requirements DevelopmentDefine Progress TABLE B Requirements 5% Started 20 % Per Assignee 40 % Per Assignee 50 % From/To Language Delivered 60 % From/To Language Approved 75 % Submitted to SEIWG 85 % SEIWG Approved 90 % (Kickback for MOD) 100 % SCB Approved
  • 16. With right-sized schedules WE ARE FREE TO FLYReduced Costs – Fewer Surprises – More Success
  • 17. Why is this all so important?SchedulesSituational Enfranchisemen BoundaryAwareness t Maintenance
  • 18. About the authorMr. Smith has over 20 years experiencemanaging complex projects with geographicallydispersed teams. Norm Smith is Founder andVice President of SmithOps, a consulting firmproviding progress managementservices, products, and training to government(NASA) and commercial clients in industry(Power and Construction). Mr. Smith authoredthe book “Got Progress? Managing Projectswith Ease, Results, and Style” now available onAmazon. Prior to founding SmithOps, Mr. Smithserved as a civil servant at NASA MarshallSpace Flight Center involved in management ofsuch projects as the US Propulsion Module forSpace Station and the X34 Rocket Plane. Mr.Smith holds US patents in rocketry and roboticsand earned a Bachelor of Science degree inMechanical Engineering from the University ofTexas at Austin.norm@smithops.com713.929.3920

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