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The programme included driving
a workshop targeting Mota‐Engil’s top management and seeking to analyse the current state of the art in Mota‐Engil, and also de ne a set of next steps in Physical Planning and Scheduling
of Construction Work, a factor of extreme importance, as mentioned by Mário Barros, Director of MEEC, who points out that “planning is crucial
and decisive for the company’s good performance”.
As a result of the workshop, an activity plan was de ned including the delivery of training sessions, seeking to raise awareness and bring attention to
the importance and impact that the Physical Planning and Scheduling of Construction Work has on the business’s results.
It was under this motto that, since the end of 2017, the Human Resources Corporate Department and the Engineering Unit have been developing a set of training sessions in each region.
These initiatives target the top sta 
from the Production and Sales areas and, according to Roberto Charron, guest speaker, the purpose of this initiative
is “to help key sta  from the work production phase understand that there is more than one e ective way to plan, explaining the basic principles of the Last Planner System and how these are integrated".
Supported by interactivity and experience, these training sessions
are based on the international
Lean Construction & Last Planner System methodology, in which the participants are challenged to simulate the construction of a house, taking on
the di erent roles associated with the management of a real construction work, such as subcontractors, project managers, work supervisors, among others, in order for them to be able to understand the types of behaviours usually characterising the planning activity and to identify more e ective ways to program and act in a work scenario.
It is necessary to start instilling in the company
a more demanding mindset towards planning because it generates a strong productivity increase.
Member of the Group’s Executive Committee
For Ismael Gaspar, Head of the Engineering Unit, “conclusions must be drawn, since it is necessary to have a change of mindset concerning the need for planning”.
Similarly, Santos Pato, Member of the Executive Board of the Africa Region, recalls that “even though this is something everyone has in mind, it is not always easy to do in practice, which is why this work had the great virtue of showing people what they all believe
to be evident, but is then not put in practice”.
The training sessions took place in Portugal, Poland and South Africa, with the involvement of dozens of sta  with high responsibility in the Group. This  rst specialised training project will now be continued for an improvement
of processes and constant evolution, in an Organisation that seeks to always be among the most e cient, innovative and competitive on a global scale.
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