This teaching guide is a basic introduction to project management for engineering design. It will therefore be of much use to engineering students undertaking project design as well as to experienced engineering professionals already working in the workplace and will be of interest to practicing engineering practitioners in the workforce too. All engineers have a role to play in ensuring that a project is completed to the desired end within the allocated budget and time frame.
Project management involves a number of tasks including identifying requirements, defining goals and objectives, organizing resources, identifying potential problems and suggesting solutions, monitoring progress, communicating with various external parties and managing changes. The overall objective of the project is to meet the objectives of the stakeholders. This involves coordinating the activities of all sub-programs within the overall project structure. These include project management, risk management, technical management, information management, planning, implementing solutions, controlling the process and controlling materials.
Each phase of the project has a number of defined steps and milestones. Each milestone is a specific measure of a process that describes when the project must be complete and what it is all about. The sequence of these steps can be thought of as a graph with each stage represented by a colored bar. Each color represents a step in the process. For example, the first phase of a project is represented by the green bar while the last phase is blue.
The focus of this book is on the steps and milestones associated with each of these processes. Illustrations assist the reader in seeing the logical flow of each step in more detail. A glossary of terms and a detailed methodology section provide additional guidance to students studying project management for engineering design. Detailed examples from several areas within this book illustrate the principles used in its analysis.
Students learn to develop and maintain effective project management skills in an environment that is demanding and challenging. Project management is a necessary skill for anyone seeking a career in this field. It can help to pave the way to a promising position as a project manager or engineer. With an emphasis on effective strategies, this text provides comprehensive information to novice and experienced project managers alike so that they can make better choices and achieve more successful results in their own projects.
The final chapter focuses on managing change throughout the project through the involvement of key stakeholders. It is important to note that engineering design and project management have much to do with one another. The concepts are intertwined and dependent upon proper implementation of the strategies and the prioritization of the tasks involved in each phase of the project.
The authors provide a clear understanding of the dynamics involved in a successful engineering design project. The text offers practical advice on the best ways to approach an engineering design project. It also contains case studies to help students gain a deeper understanding of these projects and what they are all about. It is important to note that the principles laid out in this text are applicable to any project, large or small, from a single or multi-stepped perspective.
Project managers and engineers throughout the world have been able to use the concepts and strategies laid out in \"The Project Management Body of Knowledge\" in a very practical manner. This text provides both individuals and teams with the knowledge they need to be successful in their projects. Students will be able to take this knowledge and apply it within their own organizations and in their own fields. Those who are already employed in the engineering field and wish to enhance their employability should consider this text by Ken Schwaber.