Readings

There are  required  and  recommended  readings for each lecture.

Required Readings

The required reading material will be drawn from three sources:

  • The (unfinished) draft of the book: Peña-Mora, F., C. Anumba, J. Lyneis, L. Soibelman, M. Park, M. Samii, and K. Kalligeros. System and Project Management. MIT/Prentice Hall Textbook Series on Civil, Environmental and Systems Engineering. Prior to each lecture, the corresponding chapter of the book will be provided to students. Please do the required reading before each lecture.
  • The online textbook: Hendrickson, Chris. Project Management for Construction. The book is available for viewing  online  at no charge. ( An earlier edition is published in bound form by Prentice Hall (1989, ISBN: 0-13-731266-0) with co-author Tung Au and can still be ordered if students wish to have a hardcopy.)
  • The book: O’Leary, and Acret. Construction Nightmares. BNI Publications Inc, 2001. ISBN: 1-55701-298-9. This book contains a series of stories (based on real-life incidents). The stories can be discussed in recitation, office hours or (by request) at designated periods in lecture.

In addition to the required reader, or when the required reader does not cover the material taught in class, there will also be printed materials to be handed out at the beginning of each class.

Course Introduction, Project Context

Hendrickson, Chris. Chapter 1 in  Project Management for Construction . Last Updated in Summer 2003.

O’Leary, A., and J. Acret. Chapters 12 and 27 in Construction Nightmares. BNI Publications Inc, 2001. ISBN: 1-55701-298-9.

Project Financing and Evaluation

Peña-Mora, F., C. Anumba, J. Lyneis, L. Soibelman, M. Park, M. Samii, and K. Kalligeros. “Engineering Economy with Uncertainity.” In System and Project Management. MIT/Prentice Hall Textbook Series on Civil, Environmental and Systems Engineering. (Forthcoming.)

Risk Analysis & Management - Part I

O’Leary, A., and J. Acret. Chapters 1 and 10 in Construction Nightmares. BNI Publications Inc, 2001. ISBN: 1-55701-298-9.

Project Organization and Contract - Part I

Peña-Mora, F., C. Anumba, J. Lyneis, L. Soibelman, M. Park, M. Samii, and K. Kalligeros. “Project Participants.” In System and Project Management. MIT/Prentice Hall Textbook Series on Civil, Environmental and Systems Engineering. (Forthcoming.)

O’Leary, A., and J. Acret. Chapters 8, 20 and 22 in Construction Nightmares. BNI Publications Inc, 2001. ISBN: 1-55701-298-9.

Project Organization and Contract - Part II

O’Leary, A., and J. Acret. Chapters 16 and 17 in Construction Nightmares. BNI Publications Inc, 2001. ISBN: 1-55701-298-9.

Estimating - Part I

Peña-Mora, F., C. Anumba, J. Lyneis, L. Soibelman, M. Park, M. Samii, and K. Kalligeros. “Estimating.” In System and Project Management. MIT/Prentice Hall Textbook Series on Civil, Environmental and Systems Engineering. (Forthcoming.)

O’Leary, A., and J. Acret. Chapter 28 in Construction Nightmares. BNI Publications Inc, 2001. ISBN: 1-55701-298-9.

Estimating - Part II

O’Leary, A., and J. Acret. Chapter 20 in Construction Nightmares. BNI Publications Inc, 2001. ISBN: 1-55701-298-9.

Deterministic Planning - Part I

Peña-Mora, F., C. Anumba, J. Lyneis, L. Soibelman, M. Park, M. Samii, and K. Kalligeros. “Project Planning (through 1.2.3).” In System and Project Management. MIT/Prentice Hall Textbook Series on Civil, Environmental and Systems Engineering. (Forthcoming.)

Bid Job

Hendrickson, Chris. Section 8.6-8.7 in  Project Management for Construction . Last Updated in Summer 2003.

O’Leary, A., and J. Acret. Chapter 5 in Construction Nightmares. BNI Publications Inc, 2001. ISBN: 1-55701-298-9.

Deterministic Planning - Part II

O’Leary, A., and J. Acret. Chapter 19 in Construction Nightmares. BNI Publications Inc, 2001. ISBN: 1-55701-298-9.

Façade Scheduling (Pietroforte) — Guest Lecturer

Hendrickson, Chris. Section 3.11 in  Project Management for Construction . Last Updated in Summer 2003.

Probabilistic Planning - Part I

Peña-Mora, F., C. Anumba, J. Lyneis, L. Soibelman, M. Park, M. Samii, and K. Kalligeros. “Project Planning (1.2.3-1.2.5).” In System and Project Management. MIT/Prentice Hall Textbook Series on Civil, Environmental and Systems Engineering. (Forthcoming.)

Resource Oriented Planning

Peña-Mora, F., C. Anumba, J. Lyneis, L. Soibelman, M. Park, M. Samii, and K. Kalligeros. “Project Planning (1.2.5 and on).” In System and Project Management. MIT/Prentice Hall Textbook Series on Civil, Environmental and Systems Engineering. (Forthcoming.)

O’Leary, A., and J. Acret. Chapter 5 in Construction Nightmares. BNI Publications Inc, 2001. ISBN: 1-55701-298-9.

Schedule Monitoring

Peña-Mora, F., C. Anumba, J. Lyneis, L. Soibelman, M. Park, M. Samii, and K. Kalligeros. “Performance Analysis.” In System and Project Management. MIT/Prentice Hall Textbook Series on Civil, Environmental and Systems Engineering. (Forthcoming.)

O’Leary, A., and J. Acret. Chapter 27 in Construction Nightmares. BNI Publications Inc, 2001. ISBN: 1-55701-298-9.

Adjustment

Peña-Mora, F., C. Anumba, J. Lyneis, L. Soibelman, M. Park, M. Samii, and K. Kalligeros. “Control Actions.” In System and Project Management. MIT/Prentice Hall Textbook Series on Civil, Environmental and Systems Engineering. (Forthcoming.)

Project Control - Project Dynamics

Peña-Mora, F., C. Anumba, J. Lyneis, L. Soibelman, M. Park, M. Samii, and K. Kalligeros. “Project Dynamics.” In System and Project Management. MIT/Prentice Hall Textbook Series on Civil, Environmental and Systems Engineering. (Forthcoming.)

Project Control - Project Learning

Peña-Mora, F., C. Anumba, J. Lyneis, L. Soibelman, M. Park, M. Samii, and K. Kalligeros. “Project Reviews.” In System and Project Management. MIT/Prentice Hall Textbook Series on Civil, Environmental and Systems Engineering. (Forthcoming.)

Project Control - Conflict Management

Hendrickson, Chris. Section 8.9 in  Project Management for Construction . Last Updated in Summer 2003.

O’Leary, A., and J. Acret. Chapter 5 in Construction Nightmares. BNI Publications Inc, 2001. ISBN: 1-55701-298-9.

Megaproject Control (Granli) — Guest Lecturer

O’Leary, A., and J. Acret. Chapter 14 in Construction Nightmares. BNI Publications Inc, 2001. ISBN: 1-55701-298-9.

Project Close-out

Peña-Mora, F., C. Anumba, J. Lyneis, L. Soibelman, M. Park, M. Samii, and K. Kalligeros. “Project Closeout.” In System and Project Management. MIT/Prentice Hall Textbook Series on Civil, Environmental and Systems Engineering. (Forthcoming.)

O’Leary, A., and J. Acret. Chapter 3 in Construction Nightmares. BNI Publications Inc, 2001. ISBN: 1-55701-298-9.

Recommended Readings

For each topic studied, there will be supplemental references and bibliography. They are the recommended reading for this course. Students are not required to read the recommended material but are encouraged to do so if they are interested in further study.

Project Organization

Schtub, A., J. Bard, and S. Globerson. Project Management: Engineering Technology, and Implementation. New York, NY: Prentice Hall, 1994. Sections 5.1 through 5.3.

Iansiti, M., and A. MacCormack. Developing Products on Internet Time . Harvard Business School Press, 1997. ISBN: B00005RZ6Z.

Ward et. al. “The Second Toyota Paradox: How Delaying Decisions Can Make Better Cars Faster.” Sloan Management Review 36, no. 3 (1995): 43-61.

Henderson, R. “Managing Innovation in the Information Age.” Harvard Business Review 72, no. 1 (1994): 100-105.

Hameri, A. P., J. Nihtila. “Distributed New Product Development Project Based on Internet and World-Wide Web.” Journal of Production Innovation & Management 14, no. 2 (1997): 77-87. A Case Study Hameri and Nihtila study the use of the World Wide Web to assist a large, geographically distributed team in the development of a new, technologically complex product.

Chambers, C. A. “Transforming New Product Development.” Research-Technology Management 39, no. 6 (November-December 1996): 32-38. Chambers identifies nine “best-practices” used in product development efforts.

McCord, K. R., and S. D. Eppinger. “Managing the Integration Problem in Engineering.” MIT Sloan School of Management Working Paper, no. 3594, August 1993. This working paper describes a case study where the Design Structure Matrix (DSM) was used to identify complex technical coupling between subsystems of a large-scale development effort. Knowing the coupling allowed the development sub-team to more effectively communicate relevant information to other sub-teams.

Thamhain, H. Chapter 11 in Engineering Management. 1st ed. Wiley-Interscience, 1992. ISBN: 0471828017. Identifying organizational needs and planning and executing organizational change initiatives are discussed. The use of TQM to develop “the technology-based organization” is also described.

———.  Chapter 12 in Engineering Management. 1st ed. Wiley-Interscience, 1992. ISBN: 0471828017. Describes how to design, build, and evaluate effective teams for today’s engineering activities.

Project Planning

Estimating

Schtub, A., J. Bard, and S. Globerson. Chapter 10 in Project Management: Engineering Technology, and Implementation. Prentice Hall, 1994. Sections 5.1 through 5.3.

Suh, N. Chapters 4 and 6 in Principles of Design. Oxford University Press, 1990. ISBN: 0195043456.

Naylor, H. F. Chapter 2 in Construction Project Management. New York: Delmar Publishers, 1995. ISBN: 0827357338. Describes how to effectively establish a project WBS.

Schtub, A., J. Bard, and S. Globerson. Chapter 5 in Project Management: Engineering Technology, and Implementation. Prentice Hall, 1994. Sections 5.1 through 5.3. Describes different organizational structures (e.g. functional, product line, matrix, etc.) and how to select an appropriate organizational for a given product/firm combination. Developing the WBS and mapping this to the OBS is also described.

———. Chapter 8 in Project Management: Engineering Technology, and Implementation. Prentice Hall, 1994. Sections 5.1 through 5.3. Establishing a project budget using several techniques is described. Furthermore, developing and using an effective project reporting structure are discussed.

———.  Project Management: Engineering Technology, and Implementation. Prentice Hall, 1994. Sections 5.1 through 5.3, Appendix 11A. An example of a WBS is presented.

Deterministic Scheduling

Callahan, M., D. Quackenbush, and G. Rowings. Chapter 5 in Construction Project Scheduling. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1992. ISBN: 0070097011.

Meredith, J., and S. Mantel. Chapter 8 in Project Management: A Managerial Approach. 4th ed. New York: J. Wiley & Sons, 2000. ISBN: 0471016268. Project scheduling techniques are presented. Specific tools include CPM, PERT, and Gantt Charts.

Probabilistic Scheduling

Schtub, A., J. Bard, and S. Globerson. Chapter 7 in Project Management: Engineering Technology, and Implementation. Prentice Hall, 1994. Sections 5.1 through 5.3.

Taylor, B. W., and L. J. Moore. “R&D Project Planning with Q-GERT Network Modeling and Simulation.” Management Science 26, no. 1 (1980): 44-59.

Moder, Philips, and Davis. Chapter 9 in Project Management with CPM, PERT, and Precedence Diagramming. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1983. ISBN: 0442254156.

———.  Chapter 10 in Project Management with CPM, PERT, and Precedence Diagramming. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1983. ISBN: 0442254156.

Pritsker, A., and B. Alan. Chapters 16 through 19 in Management Decision Making. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1983. ISBN: 0135481643. Extensive description of the use of Q-GERT for planning projects including scheduling and resource constraints.

Resource Planning

Badiru, A. B. Chapter 4 in Project Management in Manufacturing and High Technology Operations. New York: J. Wiley & Sons, 1996. ISBN: 0471127213.

Schtub, A., J. Bard, and S. Globerson. Chapter 9 in Project Management: Engineering Technology, and Implementation. Prentice Hall, 1994. Sections 5.1 through 5.3. Describes techniques available to the project manager for establishing a project schedule under resource constraints. Resource leveling and resource allocation subject to availability constraints are described.

Meredith, J., and S. Mantel. Chapter 9 in Project Management: A Managerial Approach. 4th ed. New York: J. Wiley & Sons, 2000. ISBN: 0471016268. Methods of scheduling resources under different constraints are described. Specifically, resource leveling, time-constrained resources, and maximum availability are considered. Additionally, scheduling resources across multiple projects is discussed.

Moder, Philips, and Davis. Chapter 7 in Project Management with CPM, PERT, and Precedence Diagramming. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1983. ISBN: 0442254156.

Scheduling and Delays

Elton and Roe. Bringing Discipline to Project Management.

Goldratt, E. M. Critical Chain. Great Barrington, MA: North River Press, 1997. ISBN: 0884271536. Please read the whole book before this lecture.

Project Monitoring

Risk Monitoring and Management

Stump, E. J., and K. Ferguson. The Value of Integrated Project Risk Management. INCOSE Symposium, 1998.

Armstrong. Risk in Risk Management.

Paté-Cornell, M. E., and R. L. Dillon. “Analytical Tools for the Management of Faster-Better-Cheaper Space Missions.” Proceedings of the 1998 IEEE Aerospace Conference. Vail, Colorado, March 1998.

Kenley, and Creque. Predicting Technology Operational Availability Using Technical Maturity Models. Kenley and Creque present and evaluate the Technical Maturity Assessment methodology for predicting availability of programs with high schedule risk due to technology.

Hall, E. M. Risks to Riches: Risk Management Return on Investment. INCOSE Symposium, 1998. “This paper presents a standard definition for measuring risk management return on investment (ROI(RM))…. ROI(RM) is defined as the ratio of savings to cost that indicates the value of risk management.” (from abstract)

Duncan, W. R. Chapter 11 in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. Project Management World Today, Project Management Institute, Inc. (USA).

Callahan, M., D. Quackenbush, and G. Rowings. Chapter 12 in Construction Project Scheduling. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1992. ISBN: 0070097011. Presents a four-stage risk management program: Risk Identification, Risk Quantification, Risk Response Development, and Risk Response control.

“Application and Management of the Systems Engineering Process.”  IEEE 1220, 1998. Section 6.8.2.4. A brief description of a Risk Management process using four steps: Preparation, Assessment, Handling and Control.

Conflict Management Plan

Peña-Mora, F., C. Cosa, and D. S. McCone. Introduction to Construction Dispute Resolution. New Jersey: MIT/Prentice Hall Textbook Series on Civil, Environmental & Systems Engineering, 2002.

Project Control

Principles of Control

Schtub, A., J. Bard, and S. Globerson. Chapter 11 in Project Management: Engineering Technology, and Implementation. Prentice Hall, 1994. Sections 5.1 through 5.3.

Performance Analysis

Schtub, A., J. Bard, and S. Globerson. Chapter 12 in Project Management: Engineering Technology, and Implementation. Prentice Hall, 1994. Sections 5.1 through 5.3. Project management techniques useful for R&D projects are described. Factors considered include risk, technological versus commercial success, changing requirements, and technology leapfrogging are discussed.

Project Control Actions

Thamhain, H. Chapter 6 in Engineering Management. 1st ed. Wiley-Interscience, 1992. ISBN: 0471828017. Methods of effectively and controlling engineering work are described.

Project Learning

Project Reviews

Kaplan, and Norton. Systems Engineering Measurement Primer. INCOSE, Sections 1-5. The Balanced Scorecard-Measures that drive performance.

Application and Management of the Systems Engineering Process. IEEE 1220, Section 6.8.2.5 through 6.8.7. Sub-section titles: Performance-based progress measurement; Systems analysis and test data; Requirement and design changes; Progress against project plans; Progress against technical plans; and Product and process metrics.

Project Audits

Meredith, J., and S. Mantel. Chapter 12 in Project Management: A Managerial Approach. 4th ed. New York: J. Wiley & Sons, 2000. ISBN: 0471016268.

Gulliver, F. R. “Post Project Appraisals Pay.” Harvard Business Review 65, no. 2 (March-April 1987): 128.

Project Closeout

Meredith, J., and S. Mantel. Chapter 13 in Project Management: A Managerial Approach. 4th ed. New York: J. Wiley & Sons, 2000. ISBN: 0471016268.

System Dynamics

Sterman, J.  System Dynamics Modeling for Project Management . 2000.

———.  Business Dynamics.  Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill, 2000. ISBN: 007238915X.

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