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Project Management, Planning and Control

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project management planning and control

Project Management, Planning and Control has been written for both professional project managers who wish to reinforce their knowledge and students who plan to sit the APM PMQ examination. In this sense it is both a reference book and teaching manual, which not only discusses the different project management techniques, but also gives worked examples of how they are applied and integrated. The treatment of one of the most important techniques, Critical Path Analysis, covers the whole period of its development from the very basis principles of AoA and AoN to Primavera P6, one of the most successful project management programmes available.

In this 7th edition, the latest developments of project governance, Agile project management and BIM are fully explained and more information is given on the growing role of Adjudication in resolving major disputes. However, the integration of two of the basic criteria, the control of Time and Cost is given particular attention, as late delivery and cost overruns are still the major reasons for project failure, as I discovered time and again when acting as Adjudicator in disputes in the construction industry.

When Network (Critical Path) Analysis (CPA) was first introduced to the British construction industry, the MD of one of the biggest contractors called it the greatest advance in planning since the pyramids. Certainly my experience of over 30 years with some of the country’s major construction companies has convinced me that as a scheduling tool, CPA cannot be surpassed. However, if used properly, it can be much more than a programming technique. To establish the design and construction sequences and durations of the required activities, requires the input from all those involved in the development, design and construction of the project, and the different networks which make up the project plan are the perfect focal points for such a co-ordination of experience and know-how.

For a limited time you can access Chapter 47:  Worked Example 1: Bungalow

This chapter brings together the various methods and techniques discussed in previous chapters to produce meaningful and practical network programmes and illustrate fully worked examples. One is mainly of a civil engineering and building nature and the other is concerned with mechanical erection – both are practical and could be applied to real situations.

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I have found that by involving people in the drafting process, a real enthusiasm is created which remains with the participants throughout the life of the project. The reason for this is that by contributing to the programme drafting, they become committed and feel a personal responsibility to ensure the success of the project.

While CPA deals with the time factor of the project, it requires another technique to estimate and control costs. With civil engineering and building projects, such control has for many years been effected by the use of Bills of Quantities or Schedule of Rates, using units of measurement mainly based on, length, volume or weight. However, when the contract involves mechanical or electrical work such as complex structures, tankage, fractionation columns, machinery installation, power plant, pumps, piping, cables and instrumentation etc., the unit of measurement must be effort, i.e. manhours. These must be estimated at the tender and planning stages and can then be controlled most effectively by another relatively new technique – Earned Value Analysis (EVA). These two techniques can be perfectly integrated either manually or by one of the many computer programs now available, and give the project manager a complete time and cost control system which is second to none during both the design and construction phases.

In the 7th edition of my book “Project Management, Planning and Control” I have tried to reinforce this message by giving worked examples of how this integration works in practice, as well as discussing all the other project management topics such as risk management, procurement, quality control, safety, communication, people skills, project governance, BIM, Agile Project Management and a fully worked example of Primavera P6.

project management planning and control

Project Management, Planning and Control

  • Includes new sections on data collection and use, including big data
  • Contains major updates to sections on governance, adjudication, BIM, and agile project management
  • Focused on the needs and challenges of project managers in engineering, manufacturing and construction, and closely aligned to the content of the APM and PMI ‘bodies of knowledge’
  • Provides project management questions and answers compiled by a former APM exam assessor

About the Author

Albert Lester is a Chartered Engineer with a lifetime’s experience of project management in engineering design and construction. He has taught and lectured widely on the topic and is a regular member of panels developing new project management standards and syllabuses.

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