The Evolved Experience

Thoughts and Insights on Business Excellence in the Energy and Heavy Process Industries


Manufacturing Mindset Drives Innovation in Shale Plays



Traditional oil & gas plays have been high-risk, high-reward scenarios where the priority of speed from SPUD to production trumped upfront costs due to time value of getting production online ASAP. Shale production volumes on the other hand are strongly correlated with the amount of completion work done on the wells; the shale development paradigm is therefore more akin to the manufacturing environment than traditional oil & gas production.

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Turnaround Excellence in Unconventional Oil and Gas



Over the life of an asset the focus and value in unconventional operations will shift from acquiring access to new fields and executing development projects to delivering world class operational performance and deriving the best returns for ever more demanding shareholders.

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Optimizing the Supply Chain in Unconventional Oil and Gas – Part 2



In recent years Unconventional Shale Plays have presented a number of unique challenges to designing, implementing and maintaining effective supply chain operations.  At the heart of this is the sheer volume of variation in activities and transactions required within and between the various stakeholders and operators throughout the life of the asset. 

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Optimizing the Supply Chain in Unconventional Oil and Gas



In recent years Unconventional Shale Plays have presented a number of unique challenges to designing, implementing and maintaining effective supply chain operations.  At the heart of this is the sheer volume of variation in activities and transactions required within and between the various stakeholders and operators throughout the life of the asset. 

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Business Excellence in Downstream Industries



Business Excellence is a phrase that is often used in the Downstream Refining and Petrochemical business, and has a very broad meaning to this industry.

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Understanding the skills of successful implementation



Organizations today increasingly recognize that implementation needs to become a core skill. In doing this, they are acknowledging that implementation requires specific knowledge and skills that go beyond straightforward project management.

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Cost Excellence in Upstream Operations



Optimizing cost performance is a key component of Operational Excellence for upstream oil and gas businesses. It is a core part of the general mission of every operation in that sector: To find, develop and deliver as much hydrocarbon as possible, at the highest practicable margin, as fast as possible without harm to people or the environment.

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Important pre-requisites for substantial learning



It is difficult to imagine that an organization can achieve and sustain higher levels of performance without learning something new. If no new capability is added to what the organization can do, then it is very likely that the same results will be achieved.

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Creating an emotional connection to the journey



If your organization is to change for the better then, ultimately, your people must do the changing. Getting people to change has one critical first step – you need to persuade them to want to change. The only way to avoid this step is to miss the people out altogether – say by having consultants do the change for you. But this cannot lead to any increase in skills in the organization so your improvements will not be sustainable.

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Rough Guide to Organizational Change Blog Series



Picture the scene: you’re a senior leader in a large global company, you probably have numerous physical assets all over the world and tens of thousands of bright, ambitious, highly educated and rational employees.

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