Quality Tools for Managing Construction Projects


pmwj17-dec2013-bullard-IMAGE1 - BOOKBook Title:    Quality Tools for Managing Construction Projects
Author:  Abdul Razzak Rumane, PhD
Publisher:  CRC Press
List Price:   US$99.95
Format:  hard cover; 381 of pages
Publication Date:   2013
ISBN: 9781466552142
Reviewer:      Wayne Bullard, PMP
Review Date:              November 2013

Introduction to the Book

Dr. Rumane lays out a historical path for quality within professions and the tools which have evolved over the years from apprenticeships and guilds to modern day systems.  He deals with each tool from where each were originated and in the final chapter ties it all together into how each have applications within the construction industry.

The depth of exploring each quality tool gives a better understanding of the purpose for each one for all aspects of providing quality within the entire life cycle of a project from development to closing out with customer satisfaction.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Quality Tools for Managing Construction Projects is definitely a textbook.  It did a great job of describing how quality has evolved from the “New Stone Age”, Middle Ages Guilds, and on into the 20th Century development of the tools that we use today.  The book is broken down into four chapters and contained multiple sections to cover the topics and information.

Chapters One and Two deal with the history and detail descriptions of the various quality tools that have been developed over the years.  Chapter Three defines the tools that should be used within the construction trade and Chapter Four goes into how the tools should be applied to the different phases of construction.

Occasionally, the sections within the chapters were slightly disjointed due to where tables and figures were located as a new section (topic) would begin before reaching those tables and figures.  This was more of a minor distraction as it required breaking a train of thought being read to find the table or figure referenced in a section.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

The new ideas of applying the quality tools that have historically tended to focus on the manufacturing and service industries was intriguing to my background of coordinating retail, office, and warehouse construction.  Construction tends to still follow the Critical Path Method with well-defined schedules broken down to the smallest component or Work Breakdown Structure.  From this is where the progress is tracked for the timing, budget, and resources to deliver a building as promised in a lease or contract.  Dr. Rumane introduces where better quality control is possible with quality tools from manufacturing and service industries with specific examples. 


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About the Reviewer

image-9818.jpgpmwj17-dec2013-bullard-IMAGE2 - REVIEWERWayne Bullard, PMP LBC


Wayne Bullard is an actively practicing project professional since 1996 and earned his Project Management designation in 2005 and Lean Bronze in 2013.  Wayne has served in the industries of finance, retail and commercial construction, wireless and telecommunications, community associations, and manufacturing.  Wayne has brought about positive changes for designing and streamlining policies and procedures, reducing waste and expenses, creating technology lifecycle trackers, leading facility and safety best practices in the workplace, managing vendor relationships and contract negotiations, and developing asset tracking to minimize losses.  The roles fulfilling his accomplishments have been IT Technology Specialist, ITPM, Facilities Project Manager, Telecommunications Manager, Facilities Manager, and Vice President IT Network Solutions. Wayne currently works as a contractor for facilities project management at different firms.  Email: [email protected] 

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