PPI Conversations

Welcome to PPI Conversations! This platform provides an opportunity to connect with leading-edge thinkers and leaders to discuss today’s pressing topics in the engineering and construction industry.

PPI Executive Director Gary Fischer will host these monthly conversations as a way to expand thinking around project production and project delivery. These conversations will continue to address 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.

Simon Murray – Advancing Project Delivery In The UK

Join us for this fascinating conversation with Simon Murray, a leading edge thinker advocating for a new approach to delivering high performing infrastructure in the UK. Simon has more than thirty years’ experience in project delivery. He has held senior executive positions in the UK’s airport, railway and highway companies and has been responsible for planning and delivering major investment programs including Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport and Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL). Simon developed his passion for improving construction whilst working for John Egan at BAA in the 1990s, working closely on the UK Government’s task force on the construction industry and the drafting of Rethinking Construction.

During this insightful conversation, Simon explains why a new approach is needed, what can be done differently and what has shaped his thinking along the way, all infused with his personal insights on what made his decades-long career in project delivery so successful.


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James Choo – Last Planner

For our first conversation, Gary spoke with H. James Choo, PhD, a leader in project delivery using production control. James is the Chief Technical Officer at Strategic Project Solutions as well as a member of the PPI Technical Committee. Here, they discuss the difference between Last Planner and Project Production Control. They delve into the history and its evolution – and it’s fascinating. Be sure to listen today.