Gary Fischer on The Lean Construction Blog’s Podcast

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Gary Fischer recently spoke with Dick Bayer on the Lean Construction Blog’s Podcast. In this episode, he delves into his career at Chevron and how he pioneered Chevron’s implementation of Project Production Management on capital projects, the remarkable results they achieved and how it transformed Gary’s view of project delivery. Given he spent 40 years in Chevron’s capital projects organization, was responsible for Chevron’s project management system and led the group that provided functional expertise across the corporation’s capital projects portfolio, this was a big undertaking. Gary is currently the Executive Director of the Project Production Institute (PPI).


Gary Fischer is the Executive Director of the Project Production Institute (PPI), as well as Chair of the PPI Energy Working Group. Prior to that, Gary spent 40 years in Chevron’s capital projects organization and has held a variety of executive positions, most recently as Special Projects Manager at Chevron Project Resources Company. In that role, Gary was responsible for Chevron’s implementation of Project Production Management and digital transformation on major capital projects. Gary was also responsible for Chevron’s project management system and led the group that provided functional expertise across the corporation’s worldwide major capital projects portfolio.

Throughout his career, he has held numerous technical and leadership positions across downstream, chemicals and upstream including Lead Engineer for a Shale Oil Semi Works Plant; Construction Manager for a Dimersol Project; Engineering Manager for a Linear Low-Density Project; Construction Manager of a High-Density Polyethylene Project; Project Manager of a Clean Fuels Project; and Benchmarking Manager for Project Resources Company (PRC)

Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University.


Dick Bayer is the Chairman of the ReAlignment Group, Ltd., President of the ReAlignment Group Canada, Ltd. and an Adjunct Professor at the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management within the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He is currently living in Ottawa working as the IPD/Lean Design and Construction Adviser for the Centre Block Rehabilitation Project, a proposed 12-year project to improve and renovate the Centre Block of the Canadian Parliament building campus.

For a complete CV see projectrealign.com.


About PPI

The Project Production Institute (PPI) addresses the root cause of major capital project cost and schedule overruns through research and dissemination of Project Production Management (PPM) and its foundation of Operations Science.

With members representing recognized global leaders in capital project delivery, operations, production and supply chain management, PPI brings together industry professionals and academics working to modernize construction and radically improve capital project outcomes by targeting the development of next practices. In addition, PPI provides access to tools and information to address the current gap in project delivery. By working with academics and leading universities, PPI seeks to define and research next-generation solutions to today’s challenging problems.

Learn more: projectproduction.org