COMPARISONS BETWEEN AND COMBINATIONS OF DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO ACCELERATE ENGINEERING PROJECTS

Herman Steyn

In this paper traditional project management methods such as PERT and CPM as well as fast tracking and systems approaches viz. concurrent engineering and critical chain are reviewed with specific reference to their contribution to reduce the duration of the execution phase of engineering projects. Each of these techniques has some role to play in the acceleration of project execution. Combinations of approaches are evaluated by considering the potential of sets consisting of two different approaches each. While PERT and CPM approaches have been combined for many years in a technique called PERT/CPM, new combinations of approaches are discussed. Certain assumptions that are inherent to PERT and that are often wrong, are not made by the critical chain approach.

SA Journal of Industrial Engineering. Vol. 14, No. 2. November 2003.

https://journals.co.za/doi/abs/10.10520/EJC46063