Literature review

The 100,000 plus activity network: fruit and frustration?

D.J. Burr

Engineering management of R.D. and E. projects in developing countries

S.M. Bhutta

Start-up programming and planning of complicated plants

A. Sjoberg and B. Attemed

This month’s Literature Review is dedicated to books on project management published in England. In my opinion, some of the best project management literature available anywhere in the world is contained in the following list. The books are practical and the writing is simple and easy to understand.

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I have had good service in ordering British books through the Strathmore Bookshop, 145 Park Road, London NW8, England, although I am sure there are many other places to obtain them including some publishers in the United States as listed.

Robert B. Youker

Armstrong-Wright, A.T., Critical Path Method, Longman Group, Ltd., London, 1969. An excellent, small paperback handbook for arrow diagramming and project management, including cost control and computers.

Battersby, Albert, Network Analysis for Planning & Scheduling, John Wiley & Sons., Inc., New York and London, 1964; Rev. 1970. A complete book on project management and networking with case studies in several areas.

Brennan, Jas., Applications of Critical Path Techniques, The English Universities Press, Ltd., London, 1968. The Proceedings of a Conference on advanced applications of critical path planning in many different areas.

Cambridge Consultants, A Programmed Introduction to Critical Path Methods, Pergamon Press Ltd., London, 1967. Programmed self-instructional manual. Good introduction to networking.

Lock, Dennis, Complete Guide to Project Management, Cahners Book Division, Boston, and Gower Press, Ltd., London, 1968. A complete guide to project management concentrating on engineering development with good examples of paperwork.

Lockyer, K.G., An Introduction to Critical Path Analysis, Pitman Publishing, New York & London, 1964; Rev. 1967. A detailed analysis of critical path planning.

Lockyer, K.G., Critical Path Analysis — (Problems & Solutions,) Pitman Publishing, London, 1966. A problem book to go with the textbook above.

Lombaers, H.J.M., Project Planning by Network Analysis, North Holland Publishing Co., Amsterdam, London. Not reviewed.

Lowe, C.W., Critical Path Analysis by Bar Chart, Business Books Ltd., London, 1966. Author is Manager of Operations Research for Monsanto Chemicals Ltd. and shows how to draw time-scaled bar chart type CPM networks to show float for scheduling of manpower with examples of many types of projects.

McLaren, K.G. and Buesnel, E.L., Network Analysis in Project Management, Cassell, London, 1969. An excellent review with many examples by two managers from Unilever concentrating on practical applications and time-scaled charts. Would be an excellent textbook for an industrial course.

Mulvaney, J.E., Analysis Bar Charting, Iliffe Books Ltd., London, 1969. An excellent short book on precedence networking.

Peart, Alan T., Design of Project Management Systems and Records, Gower Press Ltd., London, 1971. A review of critical path network in construction and engineering development with sample forms and procedures.

Smith, K.M., Critical Path Planning, Management Publications Ltd., London, 1965; Rev. 1971. A basic description of arrow diagramming with a simple civil engineering project.

Thornley, Gail, Ed., Critical Path Analysis in Practice, Tavistock Publications, London, 1968. Papers from an Operations Research Society Study Group on Critical path analysis. Excellent materials on basic methods, advanced approaches, and large networks.

Woodgate, H.W., Planning by Network, Brandon Systems Press, N.Y., 1964; Rev. 1967. A complete textbook to critical path planning including advanced techniques and computer processing.

Articles Received

If members will send me a copy of articles on project management that they see in magazines, I will list them each quarter for all members to see.

Barrett, James E., “How to Manage a Crash Project,” Management Review, Sept. 1974, pp. 4-12.

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1969 Meeting:  H.J.M. Lombaers, Editor

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Dear Editor:

Many articles have been written concerning networking techniques (i.e., CPM, PERT). Most of these articles fall into three major categories.

- Selling the benefits of the techniques to project management.

- Describing the techniques’ use on specific projects.

- Discussing the mechanics of the techniques and the advantages and disadvantages of different modeling methods.

What has been conspicuously absent in the literature is a discussion of the implementation steps with an emphasis on what must be done, who should do it and how long should it take.

It might be valuable for our academic members to consider a study to define parameters. It would be of particular value to those new to project management and to experienced estimators as guidelines. From experience I know how varied the cost of the networking aspect of project control can be.

A proposal for such a study to the Board of Directors thru the Research Policy Committee Chairman would seem in order.

Warm regards,

R.H. MacDonald, P.E.

Manager, Management Control Systems

McDonnell Douglas Automation Company

Please address “Letters to the Editor”to;

David Charles Murphy

School of Management

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02167

Richard W. Cloues, PMI member and past Director at Large, and project engineer for Bechtel Corp.’s mining and metals division, San Francisco, has been named recipient of the California Society of Professional Engineer’s annual President Award.

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