A plant maintenance shutdown project in a regulated industry is a different animal than the typical product or service-oriented project model. It is of relatively short duration but often has as many or more components to it, including…
Most of these steps will be aimed at gathering raw data to produce the Overview Project Statement, which will, when approved, provide the go-ahead to begin your formal planning.
The most successful shutdowns I have been involved with followed some fairly standard project management methods. But, instead of you learning a big, formal process, I’m assuming that you need to get moving on a plan, and that you are a hands-on maintenance manager or supervisor, who has “learned on the job.”
While planning as a discipline gets a lot more respect than it did 30 years ago, a lot of politics, false assumptions, and misunderstandings still block an even wider adoption of project planning processes. I am sure this is just as true in the manufacturing sector as it is in the software sector or in any other well-defined industrial environment.