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BPP 3213 PROJECT ESTIMATION AND SCHEDULINGLecture 1 Fundamentals of Project Planning Nurhaizan Mohd Zainudin (ext 2275) Sept, 2012 Faculty of Technology University Malaysia Pahang Jane Doe & Jane Doe
Introduction•Lecture Outline • Introduction to Course • Focus of the Course • Course outline • Course Outcome • Course Assessment • References • Major Assignment • Purpose of this lecture / Lesson outcome
Introduction (cont’d)•Lecture Content •FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT PLANNING • Project Life Cycle • Project Master Plan • Project Organization Structure and Responsibilities • Scope and Work • Planning and Scheduling Charts • Project Management System • Challenges in Scheduling and Estimating • Conclusion• Tutorial
Focus of the Course• Projects are too complex for a simple ‘back ofthe envelope’ planning• Thus, the need for consistent and disciplinedthinking in a systematic manner• Scheduling and estimating tools and techniqueshelp in allocating and managing cost andresources effectively
Course Outline1. Fundamentals of Project Planning2. Network Scheduling and Precedence Diagram Method3. PERT, CPM, GERT, and GANTT Chart4. Scheduling With Resource Constraints5. Fundamentals Cost Estimating and Budgeting6. Tracking the Project7. Project Control
Course Outcome•Understand the importance of scheduling andestimation in ensuring the successful of project•Apply Precedence Diagram Method (PDM) indetermining relationship between tasks•Use appropriate techniques for resourceestimation for a project planning
ReferencesMain References:1. Kerzner, Harold. 2007. Project Management: A System Approach to Planning, Scheduling and Controlling. John Wiley and Sons. 8th Edition.2. Nicholas, John M. 2004. Project Management for Business and Engineering: Principles and Practice. Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann. 2nd Edition.
Purpose of this lectureTo better understand:• Project life cycle, master plan, organizationstructure, and scope and work• Planning and scheduling charts• Project management system• Challenges
Introduction• Project Planning:-A discipline stating how to complete a project-Certain timeframe, defined stages, designatedresources• Estimating (PMBOK 2004):- Developing an approximation of resources costsneeded to complete each schedule.-Considering the possible cause of variation ofcost estimates- Identifying and considering various costingalternatives
Introduction (cont’d)•Scheduling:-A process converting a project plan into time-based graphic presentation- Given information on available resources andtime constraints- 3 basic steps
Project Life Cycle• Projects are subdivided into several manageablephases• Phases that connect the beginning of a project to itsend- Concept and initiation phase- Design and development phase- Implementation / construction phase- Commissioning and hand over phase• Generally defines:- What are the technical work to do in each phase?-When the deliverables are to be generated?- Who involved in each phase?
Characteristic of Project Life Cycle PMBOK 2008 Starting Organising Carrying out the work Closing the and the project preparing project Cost and Staffing LevelProjectManagement Project Project Management Accepted Charter Plan DeliverablesOutput Time
Characteristic of Project Life Cycle (cont’d) PMBOK 2008 • Phases are sequential • Cost and staffing levels: - Low at start - Peak during intermediate - Drop rapidly when project approaching completion • Level of uncertainty: - Highest at start, risk of failing is greatest - Gets better as the project continues • Stakeholder ability to influence: -Highest at start - Gets lower as the project continues
Characteristic of Project Life Cycle (cont’d) PMBOK 2008
Project Master Plan• A comprehensive document that sets outoverall strategy for a project•Incorporates several related sub plans- Risk management plan- Staffing management plan- Scope management plan- etc• A planning tool that provides a detailedguidance• The big picture for a project
Project Master Plan (cont’d)• A good project plan will provide: • A roadmap everyone in the team can follow with clear milestones • A realistic project timescale • Details of resource requirements • Validation of estimated cost • Identification of task slippage • Early warning of problems
Organization Structure• Projects are performed by people, managed bypeople• Organization structure reflects the project’sneeds, the team’s needs, and the individual needs• Identifies relationships between variousparties, lines of authority & lines of communication
Organization Structure (cont’d)• It considers:i) Project team-Relationship of PM & other team membersii) Project interfaces-Communication of PM with internal & externals/holdersiii) Matrix organization structure-Temporary project lines of responsibilityiv) Responsibility Matrix- Development of schedule bar chart, links work to theresponsible person
Project Organization StructureFunctional Organization Structure• Traditional organization structure• Based on subdivision• ‘Wedding Cake’ corporate structure• Advantages:- Provide a home for technical expertise and goodsupport-High degree of flexibility- Lines of communication is short and wellestablished- Clearly defined responsibility and authority withindepartments
Project Organization Structure (cont’d) Functional Organization Structure (cont’d) • Disadvantages: - No single point of responsibility - No formal lines of communication - Inadequately defined responsibilities for external coordination - Departmental work takes priority to project work - Not effective for multi-project environment
Project Organization Structure (cont’d) Functional Organization Structure (cont’d) General Manager Civil Structural Mechanica Procurement Manage Manager l Manager r Manager Supervisor Supervisor Supervisor Administrato Tradesman Tradesman Tradesman r
Project Organization Structure (cont’d) Matrix Organization Structure • Mathematical matrix topology – vertical and horizontal lines of responsibility and authority • Vertical lines: functional departments • Horizontal lines : project • Variants: - co-ordination matrix (weak, nearest to traditional functional hierarchy) - overlay matrix (balanced, commonest) - secondment matrix (strong, nearest to pure project structure)
Project Organization Structure (cont’d) Matrix Organization Structure (cont’d) •Advantages: - Clear single point responsibility – Project Manager - Higher degree of resource utilization - Shared capital cost between projects and functional departments - Good flow of information • Disadvantages - Complex and difficult to understand - More communication links required - Dual responsibility and authority leads to confusion - Cost of running the matrix organization is higher
Project Organization Structure (cont’d) Matrix Organization Structure (cont’d) General Manager Civil Structural Mechanical Procurement Manager Manager Manager Manager Project Lines of Project Responsibility Manage r (1) Project Manage r (2) Two Bosse s Supervisor Tradesman
Project Organization Structure (cont’d) Pure project Organization Structure • All departments are dedicated to the project • Self-contained unit • Project manager has high level of authority to manage and control •Advantages: - Project manager has full line authority - Increased commitment and loyalty - Promotes effective communication - Lines of communication is shorter
Project Organization Structure (cont’d) Pure project Organization Structure (cont’d) • Disadvantages: - Duplication effort if numbers of project running concurrently - Divorces from functional departments – sever cross flow of information and ideas - Cannot offer continuity of employment – lose valuable experience and information
Planning and Scheduling Charts (cont’d) • Scheduling techniques to cope with complexities, masses of data and tight deadlines • Most common: - Gantt Chart or bar chart - Milestone Charts - Line of balance - Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) - Arrow Diagram Method (ADM) or Critical Path Method (CPM) - Precedence Diagram Method (PDM) - Graphical Evaluation and Review Technique (GERT)
Scope and Work DefinitionMilestone Schedule (PMBOK 3 rd Ed)Milestone is a significant point of event in the project.Schedule Milestone means a significant event in theproject schedule and have zero duration.Thus, Milestone Schedule is a summary-levelschedule that identifies the major schedule milestone.Milestone schedule contains:- Project start date and end date- Other major milestone- Deliverables
Scope and Work Definition (cont’d) Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) • An output/input • A deliverable-oriented hierarchical decomposition of work to be executed • To accomplish project objectives • Organizes and defines the total scope of work for the project work • Decomposed into work packages
Scope and Work Definition (cont’d) Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) (cont’d) • WBS dictionary is a document describing each component in the WBS – description includes brief definition of statement of work, defined deliverables, list of associted activities and list of milestones.
Challenges in Scheduling and Estimating • Classic challenge is to complete a project within time and within budget • or rather, to schedule and to estimate! •The fact : - it is inexact process that it tries to predict the future. - it can never be accurate - most possible – be as close as possible
Summary •Failing to plan is planning to fail •Understanding the fundamental aspects is essential to ensure appropriate application of planning techniques."The plans were useless, but the planningwas indispensible."
Questions??? He who ask is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask is a fool forever.
TutorialIn a group of 3;i) Discuss the importance of scheduling in ensuring project successii) Discuss the challenges faced in project time management with reference to an existing case