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Expanding Project Management Principles from Concept through Implementation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115157D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 4 page(s) / 129K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bondy, GL: AUTHOR

Abstract

The evolution of project management has resulted in the development of many concepts, procedures and tools that have made project management more of a science and less of an art. But even with all of these advancements there are still several areas of project management that are still undeveloped and rely on the savvy of individual project managers to ensure that adequate attention is placed on every facet of a project. This concept focuses on three key areas of project management that have not drawn much attention to date. o Automation of the concept and planning phases of project management o The interrelationship of Scope, Time, Quality and Cost o Developing usable tools that assist the project manager

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Expanding Project Management Principles from Concept through Implementation

      The evolution of project management has resulted in the
development of many concepts, procedures and tools that have made
project management more of a science and less of an art.  But even
with all of these advancements there are still several areas of
project management that are still undeveloped and rely on the savvy
of individual project managers to ensure that adequate attention is
placed on every facet of a project.  This concept focuses on three
key
areas of project management that have not drawn much attention to
date.
  o  Automation of the concept and planning phases of project
management
  o  The interrelationship of Scope, Time, Quality and Cost
  o  Developing usable tools that assist the project manager

      In the early phases, projects are really just broad statements
of intention that set a businesses future direction.  As the
customers needs and technical advancements are understood, the
objectives of products begin to evolve and projects are created that
define the details of those products.  The way this happens will
differ depending on the complexity of the organization.  In a small
company with a small product set, the company vision, strategy and
product definition are likely the responsibility of one person.  In
fact that person is likely to be the project manager through the
entire life cycle of the companies projects.  In the case of a very
complex business, each step in the life cycle likely has different
owners and in some cases the responsibility for project management
may be transferred several times during the projects life cycle.  In
either case it is important that the ground work is laid and
communicated to everyone involved.  This becomes more difficult for
the complex business.

      Focus is placed on ideas which expand on the basic project
management principles from the point at which a concept is developed
until project implementation begins.

      The total effort of the project life cycle can be subdivided
into four phases shown here with the effort typically expended during
each phase.
  o  Concept 5%
  o  Planning 20%
  o  Implementation 60%
  o  Termination 15%

      This list shows that 25% of the total effort is expended during
the early phases of Concept and Planning, and 75% is expended during
the Implementation and Termination phases.  It is not surprising that
most project management processes and tools are developed to focus on
these later phases.  During each phase of a project's life cycle the
relative effort expended on the basic project management elements of
Scope, Time, Cost and Quality changes.  It is difficult to measure
the exact percentage since they are so interrelated.  This example
shows the relative effort expended for each element during the life
cycle phases.
  Concept       Planning      Implementation    Termination
  1.  Scop...