Evolution of project planning tools in a matrix organization

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Until recently, the Corporate Construction Program at Sandia was experiencing difficulties in managing projects: poor planning and cost estimating caused schedule and budget problems. The first step taken was a Microsoft {reg_sign} Project schedule that provides a standard template for scheduling individual construction projects. It is broken down according to the life cycle of the project and prevents the project team from leaving out an important item. A WBS (work breakdown structure) dictionary was also developed that describes how capital and operating funds are used to develop, design, construct, equip, and manage projects. We also developed a matrix chart that ... continued below

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Furaus, J.P.; Figueroa-McInteer, C.; McKeever, P.S.; Wisler, D.B. & Zavadil, J.T. October 1, 1996.

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    Publisher Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Until recently, the Corporate Construction Program at Sandia was experiencing difficulties in managing projects: poor planning and cost estimating caused schedule and budget problems. The first step taken was a Microsoft {reg_sign} Project schedule that provides a standard template for scheduling individual construction projects. It is broken down according to the life cycle of the project and prevents the project team from leaving out an important item. A WBS (work breakdown structure) dictionary was also developed that describes how capital and operating funds are used to develop, design, construct, equip, and manage projects. We also developed a matrix chart that maps the planning guide against the major types of construction projects at Sandia. The guide, dictionary, and matrix chart offer enough flexibility that the project manager can make choices about how to structure work, yet ensure that all work rolls up to the cost categories and key DOE WBS elements. As requirements change, the tools can be updated; they also serve as training tools for new project team members.

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  • PMI `96: Project Management Institute (PMI) annual conference - revolutions, evolutions, projects solutions, Boston, MA (United States), 4-10 Oct 1996

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  • Other: DE96011672
  • Report No.: SAND--96-1147C
  • Report No.: CONF-961066--3
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 392749
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc679456

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Furaus, J.P.; Figueroa-McInteer, C.; McKeever, P.S.; Wisler, D.B. & Zavadil, J.T. Evolution of project planning tools in a matrix organization, article, October 1, 1996; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc679456/: accessed September 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.