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Muhamed Abdomerovic, Dipl. Eng.

Kentucky, USA
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(Some notes on articles: ‘What is Dynamic Scheduling?’ and ‘Questionnaire Survey on Dynamic Scheduling in Construction’ by Amer Fahmy, MSc; Tarek M. Hassan, PhD; Hesham Bassiony, PhD, in the PM World Journal, May 2014, Vol. III, Issue V.) – A contribution

I have read with consideration the articles written by Fahmy, A., et al.  The article brings to readership an important subject – improvement in updating of project management plan. Here is my understanding of the subject.

Summary

In first article, What is Dynamic Scheduling?, Fahmy, A., et al., describe meaning of dynamic scheduling then its categories, rescheduling policies, strategies, techniques, as well as dynamic scheduling architectures and applications. In ‘Introduction’ authors define meaning of dynamic scheduling. They wrote:

Dynamic Scheduling is the process of absorbing the effect of real-time events analyzing the current status of schedule and automatically modifying the schedule with optimized measures in order to mitigate disruptions.  (Fahmy, A., et al., 2014a, p.1)

In other sections of this article authors present literature review relevant mostly for dynamic scheduling in manufacturing (‘Dynamic scheduling categories’, ‘Dynamic scheduling applications’) and scheduling in general where some of those may apply also in construction (‘Rescheduling policies’, ‘Rescheduling strategies’, ‘Rescheduling techniques’).

The article put forward an automatized and optimized update of project management plan. So, the part of a project that is not completed, i.e., that follows immediately after data date, should absorb the changes from project activities recorded at data date. This procedure comes to a continuous, automatized and optimized time / resource distribution for activities after data date.

In second article, Questionnaire Survey on Dynamic Scheduling in Construction, Fahmy, A., et al., describe the questionnaire intended to survey the application and perspectives of dynamic scheduling and associated software in construction industry. In ‘Introduction’ of this article authors extend the meaning of dynamic scheduling by defining the purpose of related software.  They authors wrote:

The main function of the new software is to work in the background on the progressing / open front activities and try to establish alternative solutions in case one or more of these activities is somehow disrupted. So, for any disruption which might happen, the planner will find few readymade fully optimized (time / cost / resources) alternatives to choose from; these alternatives will be generated based on his previous settings of the mass of changes to the schedule expected with the optimization processes and what kind of optimization he is searching for.  (Fahmy, A., et al., 2014b, p.2).

The authors describe the purpose, design and communication of questionnaire, as well as the survey’s statistics, various interest and suggestions of project management community on development and integration of dynamic scheduling into practice. The survey should help in design of applicable functional specification for a dynamic scheduling model and corresponding software, as well as in facilitating how the proposed tool should work.

However, the authors did not describe development and implementation of project management plan* in real life. To support the authors’ initiative that contributes to improvement in updating of project management plan I will describe:

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About the Author

muhamed-abdomerovicMuhamed Abdomero

Kentucky, USA

Muhamed Abdomerovic, Dipl. Eng., is a civil engineer specializing in project management. Mr. Abdomerovic belongs to tradition that renewing our half century history of scientific project management. He has more than forty years of experience in the application of scientific principles to project management. In working on variety of projects in the information technology, construction, the process industry and the energy sectors he has gained broad insight into the project management theory and practice.  Mr. Abdomerovic is currently an independent consultant. He was previously project planner with Vanderlande Industries, master scheduler with FKI Logistex’s and program manager with Luckett & Farley. Prior to these positions he worked with Energoinvest and was responsible for the design and implementation of systems for management of large-scale development projects. He began his project management career in Vranica as a construction manager.

Mr. Abdomerovic has been an active participant in the development of the project management profession and has published many professional journal articles on project content, time, cost and integration management. He has also published articles in six proceedings of Project Management World Congresses and has published four books. His current research activities cover several aspects of project management including development and implementation of project management plan,  process relationships, knowledge integration and compilation of project management system logic.  Mr. Abdomerovic joined The International Project Management Association in 1972 and was for decades a member of the Project Management Institute. Mr. Abdomerovic graduated from the University of Sarajevo with the Diploma of Civil Engineer. He was consecutively recertified as PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) from 1998 to 2010.  He can be contacted at [email protected]