Particles of a Project Management System

Particles of a Project Management System

We can know about the system logic as much as we know about its structure

Muhamed Abdomerovic, D. Eng. Civil



In this paper the author found evidence that a project management system* (Notes) has a unique and integrative project management system logic*. This was a study of conditions to reveal, explain and apply system logic. The results of the study have shown that system logic is controlled by relationships between particles* of a system.

In project management system a particle can be defined as the most detailed element of system structure that can be identified with an element of factual project documentation*. For example, the particles of PMBOK Guide are nearly all outputs and open start inputs of its processes.

The paper introduces reader into relationships between particles of a system and shows how this can help to:

1. Reveal system logic by analyzing the content and relating the particles of a system. 2. Explain system logic by synthetizing the relationships and the chronological sequence for particles and high level elements of whole system. 3. Apply system logic for development of a project management plan* and a project management feedback*.

The study suggests that a practice-oriented model of project management system should extent to level of particles and exposes its system logic; otherwise, it cannot be used for development of a project management plan and a project management feedback. Consequently, the meaning of a practice-oriented model of project management system becomes fundamentally problematic.

System logic was built on new perspective of scientific project management* rooted in works of Descartes, Euler and Maxwell. The evidence related to system logic was compiled from recognized project management system described in PMBOK Guide editions.

By proposing project management system logic, I primarily intend to provide an approach for integration and continuous improvement of some accepted examples of scientific project management practice and contribute to tradition of scientific project management.

Keywords: system logic, management integration


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Muhamed Abdomerovic


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 he is currently 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].