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Project Management Guidebook_Part 2 Application Tools

Jurandir Primo, PE

Managing, like so many other disciplines, medicine, music composition, engineering, accounta- cy, or even baseball, is in large measure, an art but founded on a wealth of science. Effective management, in a very real sense, is the concern of all kinds of organizations, whether commer- cial and noncommercial, where they achieve and establish an environment, where people can accomplish the company goals with the least amount of time, money, materials and, most of all, the customer satisfaction.

Managers have the task of transforming inputs, effectively and efficiently, into outputs. Of course, the transformation process can be viewed from different perspectives. Thus, one can focus on such diverse enterprise functions as finance, production, personnel, and marketing. However we believe that the most comprehensive and useful approach for discussing the job of managers is to use the managerial functions of planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling as a framework for organizing managerial knowledge.

Productivity, effectiveness and efficiency: Another way to view the aim of all managers is to say that they must be productive. After World War II the United States was the world leader in productivity, but in the late 1960, productivity began to decelerate. Today government, private industry, and universities recognize the urgent need for productivity improvement. Until very recently we frequently looked to Japan to find answers to our productivity problem, but this overlooks the importance of effectively performing fundamental managerial and nonmanagerial activities.

Quality management is the middle of the personnel doing the work. However, quality control is, sometimes, in conflict with other managerial activities in getting the job completed in the specified or required time, in the real world, even the best contractors may sacrifice some quality for the sake of a single penny. Unfortunately, some Owners may force the Contractor to take whatever steps are necessary to complete the project on time, even over the warnings of the Project Manager, informing lack of quality.

The primary purpose of this guidebook is to summarize the framework in planning techiques, production management tools and quality management tools, with proven traditional practices widely applied, as well as, innovative practices. Anyway, a qualified professional or accredited consultant in Project Management should be always consulted to give satisfactory solutions according to managerial activities.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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