Project Planning And Control
- This section is concerned with the planning and control of operations which
occupy the low volume-high variety type of work. This is introduced in chapter
4 of the book. These 'project' operations are engaged in complex, often large-scale,
activities with a defined beginning and end. The pioneers of planning and
controlling project operations were the engineers and planners who worked
on complex defense and construction projects. More recently, the methods they
developed have been applied to projects as diverse as new product launches,
education projects in the Third World, and theatrical productions.
Project planning and control is important because all managers will at some
point, get involved with managing projects. Many of these projects may be
relatively small - a Human Resources manager planning a training course, for
example. Some will be far larger, for example, where the manager is part of
a project team - such as an accountant providing cost information for a new
marketing promotion. Whether large or small, however, the planning and control
aspects of managing projects will follow similar principles.
- Figure 16.1 illustrates this.
- The Chapter Examples In The Book
PROJECT FAILURE AT THE LONDON AMBULANCE SERVICE - Relevance Rating
- The London
Ambulance Service NHS Trust - Relevance Rating **** - Site Rating ****
- This is the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust home page. It is an excellent
starting place to obtain information on the service and relevant information
on the system crash in 1992. As well as the system crash information detailed
below there are also articles on current developments within the service
- The purpose of examining this site however is to gain more information
and background to the Computer-Aided Despatch System crash of 1992. This
is also provided along with the above developments which may also be of
courtesy of Anthony Finkleston at City University, London is the best
place of starting from this site.
An interesting article on current state of the LAS CAD Development is
also available and can be obtained from The
Computer Bulletin. This article concerns the new control room.
Dispatch System is a similar case from Melbourne, Australia. Here
their new computerised dispatch system for the Metropolitan Ambulance
Service (MAS) (Melbourne, Victoria) has also run into some difficulties.
ONCE IN A LIFETIME
- Giotto was the European Space Agency's first interplanetary mission,
and was part of the international armada of spacecraft which made flybys
of Comet P/Halley in 1986. This site provides some background to this
mission and further information which may be useful to the examination
of this case as an example of project management. There are some further
links available providing detailed
information at the highlighted sites.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES (Personal Profile) - Unavailable
- LEMMING TELEVISION (Case Exercise) - Unavailable
- CONTROLLING THE PROJECT AND CONTROLLING THE PLANT
THE CHANNEL TUNNEL
- This is a government site concerning the development
and operation of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. There is a lot of information
especially historical and factual to be obtained at this location and
it is a useful addition to the colour page in the book. Use the site to
gain a better understanding of the size of the project and its eventual
Journey through the Channel Tunnel - Relevance Rating * - Site Rating
- Nothing to do with project management on the Channel
Tunnel. This article is one person's account of the journey from London
- Paris via the tunnel. This is relevant to some operations topics and
links in nicely with the Channel Tunnel literature above to give a view
of the end result of the project. Use this in conjunction with the other
book chapters if doing a study on the tunnel.
VIRTUAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT
- Relevance Rating ***** - Site Rating **** - Recommended
- CADCENTRE is a world-leading supplier of software
solutions to the Process Industries. The link above is to their home page.
At this location there are various sections which review the company and
their products. This provides good background to the company.
The most relevant information to the colour page example can be found
in their Visual
Engineering section. It further describes the virtual reality projection
technology from the perspective of benefits to the customer. An extremely
relevant site worth a visit.
Other Organisations Relevant To
NASA (National Aeronautics
and Space Administration)
Many of the activities that NASA undertake are project orientated and on
a very large scale. This website provides information on their activities and
their operation and has some interesting and relevant sections. NASA is a good
example of an organisation with a high project management requireement and this
comprehensive site provides useful illustrations. There is also the NASA Headquarters
site that may provide material for the study of this topic.
The Sydney 2000
This is the Official Site for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The games are
scheduled to run between 15th September and 1st October
2000 during which approximately 10,200 athletes and 5,100 officials from 200
countries will be expected to take part. With an estimated worldwide audience
of 3.5 billion the Games are a very big event requiring a vast amount of organisation.
As an example of project management this site can offer an excellent insight
into the organisation of one of the one of the worlds biggest tournaments. For
further information try the Official Site of the International Olympic Committee.
- Articles Relevant To This Chapter
The Project Management
Forum – Rating *****
"The Project Management Forum is a non profit resource
for information on international project management affairs dedicated
to development, international cooperation, promotion and support of a
professional and world wide project management discipline." This
is an excellent resource site well worth visiting for background information
in the area of project management. A wealth of resources can be found
here with many papers, journals and case studies readily available.
Project Management Institute
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This is the homepage for the Project Management Institute (PMI). The PMI
is a non-profit making professional association specialising in the area
of Project Management. In addition to providing information on the association
there are also articles on Project Management and related activities that
may be of use in research.
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The ProjectNet site is a project management resource site from Project Manager
Today magazine. There are some interesting sections that provide information
on a variety subject matters, case studies and project management research