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Whisky Tango Foxtrot

After winning a tender for a complex project, how to manage the trade-off between time for planning and the need for fast action? Think ADR-SAR.

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Everyone loves a ‘rule of thumb’

Good heuristics lead to better cost estimates with your large, complex project. They can also help you uncover—and mitigate—the risks. By Mark Thompson While giving…

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Are your teams learning to see patterns?

We have talked before how organizations try to extract lessons from past projects to apply to their next ones. While most companies espouse the concept…

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Before tweaking procedures, look for vulnerable areas

Have you ever sat through a project washup and wondered what the point was? Or if anything will change next time?…

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New Year: what’s on your mind?

There are mountains still to climb. You may be facing decisions to further suspend operations. Or perhaps you’re waiting for indicators…

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What Can We Learn From Hollywood?

In Hollywood’s golden age, the big studios used to make a certain number of ‘pictures’ each year, keeping directors, crew, and actors on…

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From stacknation to stackflation

Ballooning day rates for rigs, especially latest-generation drillships, are a potential boon for drilling contractors’ bottom lines. But not without risks.

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Professional practice over heroic efforts

To achieve your desired project outcomes, and create a sustainable culture, avoid ‘heroic endeavour’. We’ve all put in extra effort to hit a due…

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Ready to turn on the lights?

The last time reactivations happened at any scale was 2004-2007. After that, drilling contractors focused on operations, ordering new rigs as needed until…

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What are the chances, eh?

Speaking the truth to power.   That old anecdote about the NASA floor-sweeper saying, ‘I’m putting a man on the moon,’ is truer than most…

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How to avoid falling down the rabbit hole

‘Before she knew it. Alice had grown so large she had to stick one arm out of the window and her foot up the chimney.’…

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