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xanedu.comXanEdu CoursePacksXanEdu CoursePacks X a n E d u C o u r s e P a c k s IME 614 CoursePack for JCI offering of Project Management The World of Project ManagementProject Management Reading from Management Systems Engineering Textbook**Required Reading** A set of worksheets and tools to help you manage projects better. Includes guidance for developing scoping agreements prior to project initiation. Comes from a working textbook developed by Dr. Harold Kurstedt, Professor Emeritus of Virginia Tech.Microsoft eats the dog food; Fara Warner; Fast Company; Sep 2002; pg. 46; (2 pgs)We live in a project world, where project managers and project teams work together to deliver results on time, on budget, on spec, and on the money. Except for one project team that uses all kinds of mistakes, questions, quandaries, and what-ifs to make everyone else's projects run more smoothly: the project team that's creating the next version of Microsoft Project, the software first released in 1990 that's designed to make it easier to live in "project world."Project management for cost engineering professionals: Project cycle time; Kul B Uppal; Cost Engineering; Jun 2002; pg. 6; (1 pgs)Project Management Institutehttp://coursepacks.xanedu.com/perl/munger (1 of 5)10/23/2003 8:40:24 AMR0R1R2In Acrobat: under "Print What" choose "Document and Comments" or reading numbers will not appear.XanEdu CoursePacksFounded in 1969 and boasting nearly 100,000 members worldwide, PMI is the leading non-profit project management professional association. It offers professional standards, educational seminars, and professional certification. Student memberships are available. projectmanagement.comProjectmanagement.com is a joint venture between gantthead.com (the premier community for IT project managers) and Technology Associates International. The site offers project managers access to a broad variety of resources, including articles and discussions, to help them do their jobs more effectively.The Manager, the Organization, and the TeamProject management 2002; Jeffrey K Pinto; Research Technology Management; Mar/Apr 2002; pg. 22; (16 pgs)In the 13 years since Paul Klimstra and Joseph Potts offered readers of Research Technology Management a view of the state of the art in managing R&D projects, a number of technological and behavioral developments have occurred that make it necessary to reconsider the current state of the discipline. Jeffrey Pinto considers some of the more significant changes and advances, and the current state of thinking in project management, based on a review of the literature and theoretical and empirical research from the decade of the 1990s. His report encompasses the areas of risk management, scheduling, structure, project team coordination, control, and the impact of new technologies.GM goes off-road; Fara Warner; Fast Company; Feb 2003; pg. 40; (2 pgs)http://coursepacks.xanedu.com/perl/munger (2 of 5)10/23/2003 8:40:24 AMR3R4XanEdu CoursePacksBack in 1999 General Motors' market-research guru, Mike DiGiovanni, got the idea that GM should snag the marketing rights to Hummer, the military vehicle made famous during the Gulf War, and create a smaller, friendlier version of the original. Hummer has become GM's hottest division. Winning in the auto industry is as much a matter of putting together the right team as it is putting together the right parts. DiGiovanni needed to find a few more people willing to share the risk. He wanted people who wanted to be on the team-not people who were next in line for a job. Ethical codes and personal values; Peter J Rutland; Cost Engineering; Dec 2002; 22; (1)Do's and don'ts of managing international project teams; Anonymous; Design Firm Management & Administration Report; Apr 2002; pg. 1; (3 pgs)Linking project team performance with team health; Rodney L Robertson; Engineering Management Journal; Mar 2002; pg. 35; (7 pgs)Journaling: A learning tool for project management training and team-building; Robert Loo; Project Management Journal; Dec 2002; pg. 61; (6 pgs)Planning the ProjectPlanning for Crises in Project Management; Larry Mallak et al; Project Management Journal; PMI; (28:2); 1997; 14-20; (7)Budgeting the ProjectActivity-based costing: Does it warrant inclusion in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK guide)?; Steven M Kinsella; Project Management Journal; Jun 2002; pg. 49; (8 pgs)http://coursepacks.xanedu.com/perl/munger (3 of 5)10/23/2003 8:40:24 AMR5R6R7R8R9R10XanEdu CoursePacksUsing traditional cost-accounting techniques standardized during the Industrial Age, estimators and accountants determine project costs. Those techniques result in costs that are substantially different from costs calculated using activity-based costing. Knowledge of ABC principles is important for project managers because it offers an alternative costing methodology that allocates costs through a cause-and-effect relationship that is more appropriate for today's operating methods. This paper reviews cost determination methods included in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, and offers an argument for enhancing this guide by including ABC as a cost-determination methodology.Time-constrained project delivery issues; Robert B Brown; Cost Engineering; Jun 2002; pg. 28; (7 pgs)AACE International"With about 5,500 members world-wide, AACE International serves cost management professionals: cost managers and engineers, project managers, planners and schedulers, estimators and bidders, and value engineers."Scheduling the ProjectThe pitfalls of CPM scheduling on construction projects; Ian A Street; Cost Engineering; Aug 2000; pg. 35; (3 pgs)ProChain SolutionsProChain Solutions Inc. offers project scheduling and management software and consulting services.Monitoring and Controlling the ProjectUsing earned-value analysis for better project management; Heather B Hayes; Biopharm; Mar 2002; pg. 58; (3 pgs)http://coursepacks.xanedu.com/perl/munger (4 of 5)10/23/2003 8:40:24 AMR11R12R13XanEdu CoursePacksEarned-value analysis (EVA) is the analysis of a project's actual performance compared with a detailed plan and is performed at various points in the project schedule. Its greatest benefit is risk mitigation. Because EVA takes into account the project scope, schedule, and budget, a project manager can refer to tangible numbers--rather than just a gut feeling--to determine whether the project is advancing on time and within


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