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Large project schedules can be complex and hard to follow. Projects lose value when project managers, leadership, or other stakeholders cannot understand the stories that these schedules are telling. Join Alexander Neary, Product Manager at PMA Consultants, for a demonstration of how PMA Technologies’ latest innovations can save contractors and owners significant time and make the critical insights on complex projects more understandable. We will demonstrate how schedulers — together with their stakeholders — can make real-time visual adjustments to a multi-thousand-activity schedule in just seconds, enabling better decision-making, communication, and a shared understanding within project teams. This presentation includes a live demo of the latest scheduling software developments and updates on the product roadmaps. 

Seve Ponce de Leon  

Mr. Seve Ponce de Leon leads product management for innovation and software at PMA Consultants. He has over 10 years of experience, including UI/UX, user research, QA testing, Agile methodologies, product strategy, product marketing, planning, scheduling, and risk management. Mr. Ponce de Leon earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Alexander Neary  

Mr. Alexander Neary is an experienced project manager with a background in team coordination and management of project tracking processes. He has supported a portfolio of projects in the electric utilities and software industries. Serving as Senior Project Manager, Mr. Neary provided budget and resource management oversight for five-year capital upgrade plans and led directors and managers to overhaul and standardize internal project tracking processes. He has performed in a mentorship role for newly hired project managers and applied Agile project management techniques to lead and manage team members. His software skills include Atlassian Software Suite (JIRA), Microsoft Suite, Infusionsoft CRM, and Primavera P6. 

Gerald Rosario  

Mr. Gerald Rosario is a licensed professional Civil Engineer with 25 years of experience in program and construction management for major international design and construction projects. He is currently the Deputy Resident Engineer for the P-381 Multi-Mission Dry Dock #1 project at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Mr. Rosario is experienced in critical path method (CPM), graphical path method (GPM) scheduling and analysis, project controls applications, and risk analysis. He has advised on FIDIC conditions of contract; identified root causes for delays and disputes; and implemented mitigation measures for procedural contract administration and execution issues.  

Q&A

What does GPM stand for again, please?

GPM stands for the Graphical Path Method, which provides real-time calculations and self-healing capabilities to maintain relational logic within a project schedule, allowing for dynamic preservation of logic, flexible planning with planned dates, and continuous refreshment of forensic float even after actual dates are entered. 

Is it correct that Project Summit/NetPoint is mainly used for retrospective analysis?

Correct. Project Summit/NetPoint are mainly used for retrospective analysis, but that’s a one-use case. NetPoint has done a lot of upfront planning, interactive planning sessions, buy-ins on a high-level schedule to move forward, and resource analysis across multiple projects.  

What specific features or updates in Project Summit’s developments are you most excited about, and how do they align with the product's future roadmap?

In the future development of Project Summit, a couple features presented will be the real-time driving logic to see how the path goes behind a highlighted activity and in front of it. Another feature clarified is a tweak to the clarification of what is considered critical and near critical.

How many activities does Project Summit support?

At this point right now, it is in the thousands by the second.  

It seems like you are using Project Summit for what-if analysis, what impact has it had on scheduling and the project team?

Most of the time we are modeling fragments or modifying durations to existing activities just to see what the impact is on a particular milestone. This is a nice verification tool and using Project Summit makes the overall process easier.

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