Project Management Institute

Literature review

All were invited to a meeting early in February, at which time a decision was made to proceed with the initiation of a chapter, and an interim executive was elected as shown on the organization chart.

This group has been in contact with Matt Parry, our President, and Dick McCandless, the Vice- President—Chapter Activities, as well as the chairmen of other chapters, for guidance in this initial stage. An application for a Charter-in-principle has been made, to be followed by a formal application at a later date.

The Montreal Chapter will be unique in that its By-Laws and operation will recognize Canada's two official languages.

The Executive Committee is meeting regularly, threshing out program policy and schedule, membership and publicity policies, meeting location, financial considerations and many other matters related to starting a chapter. There are plans to hold two formal meetings of the Chapter, complete with speakers, before the summer.

The 1977-1978 year's program has already been established, albeit tentatively, to include six meetings with guest speakers. Program themes for the next two years are also being discussed. If organization is any criteria, the chapter is off to a good start.

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Project Management: An Annotated Bibliography. Lee Dyer and Gary D. Paulson. New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University; Ithaca, N.Y. This is an annotated bibliography with quite useful comments on each reference. Fortunately the authors were selective and the reader is not burdened with thousands of references. It mainly concentrates on matrix organization, although it is broken into five categories.

Project Planning and Implementation in Developing Countries. Dennis A. Rondinelli and Aspy P. Palia. Technology and Development Institute, The East-West Center; Honolulu, Hawaii. This is another annotated bibliography with useful comments on each entry. It is divided into nine categories and contains over a thousand references. It is a first class piece of work and will be an excellent starting point for researchers and practitioners for many years.

Cost Control in Project-Management (Proceedings of the 4th International Expert Seminar). INTERNET. Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute, CH-8803 Ruschlikon/Zurich. It is hard to find good material on cost control. Several times after reading glowing articles in the literature, I have called the company only to find that the author had left the company and that the cost system was not in use. This book provides a review of the state of the art. It is not prescriptive. It is a good starting point for the development of a useful cost systems discussion and is highly recommended.

Thanks to Des Cook of Ohio State University for the following references.

PERT/CPM for Population Program Management; Emily Grantham; PopCase Project; Department of Health Administration, 263 School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. 1975. $3.00.

An introductory book on fundamentals of network analysis as it applies to health administration areas with emphasis on population planning and management. Includes case problems along with exercises on network construction, resource allocation, schedule adjustment. Includes an appendix with selected readings on value of PERT for administrators.

From Concept to Production: A Management Approach; N. G. Anderson; Taylor and Francis Ltd., 10-14 Macklin Street, London, WC2B 5NF. 1970.

Presents the principles and concepts underlying the operations of a development department and its relationship to the total organizational operations. Contains sections devoted to the planning and controlling of projects, project selection, and personnel training. Appendices with examples of product specifications and networking applications are included.

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