Best Practices for Managing Outsourced Nuclear Projects

* Conducted on-site for Project Teams or for your team in Knowledge Source Inc.’s classrooms

Course Length:  3 Days
Delivery: Instructor Led/Group Live
Course Level:  Advanced
Course Fee:  Call for pricing
Course Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Prerequisites: Students who attend this class should have a good understanding of Project Management and Contract Management concepts.  This is an advanced class and it will build on the student’s basic knowledge.

Target Student:  This course is designed for experienced project managers and project team members who manage projects that contract some or all of the project deliverables to an outside supplier.  This includes Project Managers, Construction Managers, Project Engineers, Project Controls Analysts, Project Coordinators and persons with similar roles and responsibilities.

Instructors:  Developed and presented by Bill Flanagan and Joe Corey,  the instructors have significant experience in the nuclear industry and base the course content on lessons learned through personal experiences and nuclear industry events.  Both Bill and Joe now work as Project Management, Contract Management, and Project Controls Consultants for Black Diamond Services.   Bill is the lead instructor for Knowledge Source Inc. and has developed and taught project and risk management courses for KSI world-wide.

Performance-Based Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Establish the appropriate level of requirements for the contract type.
  • Integrate your Contract Life Cycle and your Project Lifecycle.
  • Administer your contracts using a Contract Administration and Management Plan
  • Build a High Performance Team that gets the job done.
  • Establish a Monitoring ad Control System based on Objective Earned Value Analysis Criteria
  • Lead your Project Team in Risk Identification, Risk Analysis and Response Exercises.

Course Content

Lesson 1: Requirements Definition
We typically plan our projects with the “catalog” model in mind but, as our project develops we find that our customers have unique needs and expectations that go beyond the “catalog” model.  Every new car we’ve bought came with options that increased the price.  Learn the relationship between Business Requirements, User Requirements, Functional Requirements, Nonfunctional Requirements and how to use them to define your project requirements up front to get the results you want within your planned budget and schedule.

Lesson 2: Building the Contract that You Need
Every engineering and construction project goes through six stages of project development using project management process and ten stages of contract development.  Learn what those stages of development are and how to use them to plan a project and forge a contract that meets all of your operational needs and to control that contract lifecycle to support an on time and on budget delivery.  In this module we will explore the interaction between project and contract management and best practices for developing and evaluating Request for Proposals.  We will also look at best practices and strategies for contract development, negotiations, and award.

Lesson 3: Best Contract Administration Techniques
The Owner and Contractor prepare for a successful contract execution by developing a Contract Management and Administration Plan (CMAP). The contract initiates a project within your supplier’s universe.  You interface the contractor’s project with your project through your CMAP.  The CMAP provides your team with guidance on how you want them to manage issues such as: reports; schedules; monitoring and control; observations; inspections; tests; logs; notices; quality assurance; claims prevention and mitigation techniques; invoices; payments; back charges; and set-offs. This module sets the stage for monitoring and controlling contractor performance.

Lesson 4: Building a High Performance Teams
The key to High Performance Teams is gaining an understanding of yourself and your team.  In this module we will administer the Keirsey Temperament Sorter to determine your style.  We will then evaluate how knowing your team members temperament can build a stronger, high performance team that provides results because you are dealing with individuals within their comfort zones. We will  explore ways that you can assess individuals’ temperaments by observing what they say and what they do.  This is invaluable in formulating stakeholder management strategies and building high performance teams.

Lesson 5: Monitoring and Control that Makes a Difference
Monitoring and Control begins early in the project when you are developing your schedule and budget.  Whether you are Monitoring and Controlling a project or a contract you must monitor objective criteria that will lead to achieving project objectives.  This session focuses on how to make Earned Value Analysis easy to develop and apply.  Techniques such as Fixed Formula Reporting and Weighted Milestone Reporting will be covered.  You’ll complete this module with a strong appreciation for the importance of a solid Earned Value Analysis Program and how it can be implemented.

Lesson 6: Risk Management
Project Risk Analysis must start early in the project planning process and continue through project completion.  The project team typically knows what will cause impediments and failure of their project and they can see detect precursor signs that these risks are about to strike with proper planning and awareness.  This module will provide the tools and techniques needed to give your team the forum they need to document risks and their precursors and to analyze and establish proactive risk response actions in place.  This module will focus on lessons learned from nuclear plant projects and apply those lessons in the context of risk management.


Cancellation Policy: 5 working days for full refund. Cancellations after that time are charged full tuition for the course.

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