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ERIC Number: ED319115
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
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Basic Project Management Methodologies for Survey Researchers.
Beach, Robert H.
To be effective, project management requires a heavy dependence on the document, list, and computational capability of a computerized environment. Now that microcomputers are readily available, only the rediscovery of classic project management methodology is required for improved resource allocation in small research projects. This paper provides an overview of project management, its associated tools, and the key literature in the field. The term "project" refers to the organization doing the work, dedicated to completing a single task within a specific time frame. The overall project task is differentiated from a routine task by virtue of its: (1) requiring an unusually rapid completion time; (2) meeting very tight cost constraints; and (3) need to dispel considerable initial uncertainty among project personnel regarding completion methods. These three criteria underline the project's finite nature and emphasize the exaggerated concern for maintaining schedules and costs. Accompanied by numerous illustrations, project management concepts such as preplanning, project control, work breakdown structure, graphic management procedures, and project scheduling are thoroughly discussed. Because certain evaluation tools can assume a reality of their own, management intervention may be needed to complete tasks on schedule. The justification for using project management tools may be found in improved grant management. (11 references) (MLH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A