Introduction

It is well established that any successful project is determined by the appropriate balance of technical, schedule, and cost parameters. But that balance is often very difficult to achieve. Perhaps this problem is most simply illustrated by a sign once observed in a co-worker's office which read Though meant to be humorous, it also illustrates a very common attitude about the difficulty in meeting all constraints imposed on typical projects. Obtaining a balanced output on a project is, in fact,...

The Benfield Column Repair Project

A work breakdown structure was used in the project management of the project described in this case. According to the PMBOK Guide, what is the concept of the work breakdown structure 2. The work breakdown structure is described as a key for the scope management of the project. Describe the process used in this project to develop the WBS. 3. The author of this case presents communications management as the golden thread which ran through the project. If the supplier relationships were less...

Scope Management

The objective of the project was clear from the beginning Bring the plant back online in the shortest possible time. The first step was to determine the exact scope of the repair. We had to determine if it was an option to simply do nothing. A communication link was set up between CBI and the Sastech process engineers, which involved working very long hours because of the ten-hour time difference between South Africa and the United States. Their decision analysis revealed that the optimum...

Pittsburgh International Airport Midfield Terminal Energy Facility

The design team was concerned with developing real quotations and selecting the best energy system. Which of the nine project management body of knowledge areas was used most Describe this process. 2. The authors state that project cost is directly proportional to the level of quality required. Comment on this statement. 3. Something which was not mentioned by the authors of this case was that the airport was created using public funds and thus faced the problems associated with dealing with...

Communicating Constraints Schedule Baseline and Recovery Measures on the Hong Kong Airport Projects

What are the main objectives of this project 2. The Hong Kong Airport Core Project (ACP) is one of the largest projects undertaken in the late Twentieth Century. It is made up of several segments, each of which could itself be considered a major project. What kind of organizational structure is used in this project How does the job of project manager differ from that of the entire ACP project and one of the segments 3. Explain the top down bottom up management methodology described in the case....

Making Affordable Housing Attainable through Modern Project Management

Berg, Enterprise Builders, Inc. To the everyday observer, Deer Meadow, a Bloomfield, Connecticut, family-oriented apartment community, appears to be an upscale condominium complex. In reality, it is an affordable housing project, one that shows how modern project management (MPM) can assist in realizing the social objectives of local government. Governor Lowell Weicker's desire to provide quality, affordable housing in the state of Connecticut helped make this project a reality. Funding...

Learning the Lessons of Apollo

Lines, PMP PM Network, May 1996, pp. 25-27 Ron Howard's epic movie Apollo 13 recounts the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission to the moon, a mission that came close to causing the first loss of life in space for a United States astronaut. The astronauts were only a third of the way into the mission when one of the oxygen tanks in the command ship Odyssey exploded, crippling the spacecraft, and endangering the lives of the crew. The story of Apollo 13 is one of hope, inspiration, and...

Libya Redefining Challenge

Gordon Mahovsky, Project General Manager, RASCO Project PMI Canada Proceedings, 1996, pp. 88-91 This paper describes the impact of international politics on project planning and execution. The direct effects experienced on other peripheral issues such as communications, travel and logistics, human resource maintenance, and cultural differences are also discussed. The outbreak of civil war in the former Yugoslavia, coupled with the imposition of United Nations sanctions against Libya, have had a...

Managing Environmental Regulatory Approval Durations

What efforts were made to decrease complexity in the permitting process How did these methods reduce the risk involved in the project 2. Project time management is a key factor on any project. The projects described in the case were especially sensitive to any delay or any disapproval of permits. In section 6, Project Time Management, the PMBOK Guide identifies five major activities to be carried out to ensure a prompt completion of the project. One of these factors is schedule development....

Responding to the Northridge Earthquake

Natural disasters happen unexpectedly and cannot be scheduled. However, the reaction to a potential misfortune can be planned and managed. Describe a method to manage these risks. 2. The case states It was this single-minded determination, along with some sound project management, that resulted in freeways being rebuilt in a fraction of the time originally predicted, with high quality, and at a reasonable price. What are the other reasons listed in the case that contributed to the success of...

Gaining Project Acceptance

Regardless of the size of the endeavor, every project has to deal with stakeholders. Develop a list of the most common stakeholders on any project. 3. The method used by the Heart of Illinois Project to gain project acceptance has five key elements. List and define those elements. 4. Consider any of the other cases found in this casebook. Identify all the internal and external stakeholders for the project and briefly discuss their stakes. List any strategic issues that...

Time Management

Time management for the project was implemented through an integrated critical path method (CPM) project schedule, an integrated action item list (with due dates) that was updated weekly, and required recovery plans for critical tasks that were behind schedule. Since the project schedule was integrated for all participants in the project, impacts on the material handling vendors from delays in construction were identified early and costs were minimized through advance notification and planning....

The Legal Standards for Prudent Project Management

This case illustrates the importance and difficulty of cost estimating. What are some ways of estimating costs 2. What is meant by prudent project management How does this concept relate to quality management Why has it become so important 3. Discuss the various standards, established in court cases, for prudent project management. These include the reasonable project manager (reasonable person, community, standards, etc.), reasonable project management under the circumstances ' project...

Contexts for Challenges to the Reasonableness of Project Management

Almost any project may be subjected to a reasonableness review whenever a service or product is to be produced for a third party, based on a specified standard, with a specified time for completion, or for a specified price. If those expectations are frustrated, the injured party is likely to seek redress, particularly when the stakes are large. The most common form for examination of project management is in regulatory proceedings to set the rates that a utility will be allowed to charge. Very...

Total Quality Management and Project Management

Stamatis, Contemporary Consultants Project Management Journal, September 1994, pp. 48-54 Since the early 1970s, the United States (U.S.) has been under foreign attack. This attack has caused no obvious human casualties, nor has it employed the lise of moderh weaponry, but the results have drastically changed many lives. .The attack is from the world markets, especially the Far East countries. The weapons have been superior quality products and customer satisfaction, and the casualties have...

Standards for Prudent Project Management The Reasonable Project Manager

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concluded in its seminal New England Power Co. decision that the most helpful test in resolving issues of prudent investment is the reasonable person test, which the commission defined as follows In performing our duty to determine the prudence of specific costs, the appropriate test to be used is whether they are costs which a reasonable utility management would have made, in good faith, under the same circumstances, and at...

The Work Breakdown Structure

The work breakdown structure (WBS) divides the engineering effort into s cessively smaller units of work, with each step of the subdivision identif as a level. Tasks comprise Level 3 of the WBS and subtasks comprise Level 4.1 work in each subtask includes the specific documents produced, e.g., repoi design drawings, specifications. At the subtask and task levels, man-hoi expended can be meaningfully compared to percentage completion of th< documents. These are the levels, therefore, on which...

Using Project Management to Create an Entrepreneurial Environment in Czechoslovakia

The authors state that they found Czech and Slovak managers familiar with traditional scheduling technology, but without project management expertise. Therefore, they aimed their training programs towards the planning function and its relationship with project implementation and evaluation. Discuss the importance of project planning. 2. The case describes several weaknesses found on project designs such as lacked clear statement of purpose or impact, lacked clear performance measures, etc. The...

Substantive Standards for Prudent Project Management

It is impossible to prescribe the unassailable tenets of project management that, if followed, will always invoke the imprimatur of prudence. Standards will evolve as the discipline develops, and courts may be more or less tolerant of shortcomings based on the need to meet other societal goals (e.g., an energy crisis may cause a temporary relaxation of efficiency standards in order to meet the immediate demand). Nevertheless, a few basic principles can be adduced from recent cases. This section...

Project Management Body of Knowledge

In the United States and Canada, the Project Management Institute (PMI) hac published in 1987 The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and has continued to updat the original document since then. The most re cent update, published in 1996 is referred to as the PMBOK Guide. The ob jective was to establish project management as a unique discipline and inde pendent profession. Consequently, the PMBOK strived to represent a set o generic (across industries) project jtnanagement standards....

Project Managers as Champions

Project management is the natural way to work in the computer industry because of the high degree .of novelty of most projects, the dependence on technology, and the high rate of change of this technology. Notwithstanding this, many of the issues faced by project managers are people based, requiring good interpersonal skills and a sound grasp of general management concepts, as I hope I have illustrated by my examples. Ideally, a project manager will have a combination of relevant technical and...

How ICL Used Project Management Techniques to Introduces New Product Range

Peter Kayes, School of Technology and Information Studies, Thames Valley University, U.K. International Journal of Project Management, October 1995, pp. 321-28 ICL was a product of the United Kingdom (U.K.) merger mania of the 1960s, when the Labor government endeavored to create strong U.K. companies to protect the U.K s technological base from United States (U.S.) domination. However, within a few years of its formation, the U.K s leading computer supplier was in trouble. A new managing...

Sydney Olympic Games A Project Management Perspective

Why is time management critical to the Sydney 2000 Olympics Games project 2. By what yardsticks will the Sydney 2000 Olympics Games project be measured, and how will it be considered a success Give examples to illustrate your answer. 3. Why is project scope management so important to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games project Illustrate your answer with some examples from projects that you have studied or worked on and draw parallels. 4. A project is said to be successful if the work is finished on...

The Sydney To Hobart A Case Study In Project Management

The project initiator believes that winning a yacht race depends 80 percent on the preparation stage and only 20 percent on the effort in the actual race. Einstein was quoted as saying that a creation is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration. Which of these statements do you agree with Why, given a project management context 2. This project essentially describes a job-shop point of view. How might the creation of a fleet of championship boats change the described project life-cycle...

Prudent and Reasonable Project Management

What constitutes reasonable and prudent management What are some specific traits of a prudent and reasonably managed project 2. As a project manager what methods can be used to identify risks 3. How does prudent and reasonable management relate to risk management 4. What is the project management syst m Briefly describe each of the six subsystems. 5. Considering each one of these subsystems, describe any problems resulting from the management of the TVans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). In your...

Minimizing Construction Claims Under the Project Management Concept

What are some of the key management skills needed to run a project or enterprise Support your answers with information from the PMBOK Guide. 2. What problems were encountered under the project management concept in this case 3. Describe the risky practice that was leading to some of these problems, including some of the overriding factors that negated any projected benefits. 4. Describe the modified project management approach used to reduce some of these risks. 5. What risks was the Department...

Land Reserve Modernization Project The Future of Army Infrastructure

LCoI Foreman, Project Manager, Department of National Defense, Canada pMI Canada Proceedings, 1996, pp. 101-7 This paper reviews how the Department of National Defense responded to recent federal government restraints in providing training facilities for its field personnel. The paper overviews the challenges and learnings the project team faced in the design and construction of a new 100 million Militia Training Support Centre (MTSC) at Meaford, Ontario. The present federal government fiscal...

The Channel Tunnel Larger Than Life and Late

Tubes Tunnel Design

Civil Engineering, May 1994, pp. 42-46 The Channel Tunnel is finally open for business. Cheers are in order, but the project is more than a year late, with its original cost estimate doubled to 14.9 billion, and it led to a 2.25 billion claim that was settled last month. Project veterans suggest there are lessons to be learned. The Channel Hmnel linking Great Britain and France is an engineering achievement and a symbol of man's imagination and daring. But it is also the world's largest...