Modern Project Management

(ISSN: 2317-3963)

An Enhanced Planning and Scheduling Approach Suited to the Requirements of Collaborative Project Management

Mathieu Baudin
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland. Laboratoire de Conception de Produits et Innovation, ENSAM ParisTech, Paris, France Switzerland
Pierre Bonnal
CERN Switzerland Switzerland
Bertrand Nicquevert
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland Switzerland
Jean-Michel Ruiz
Laboratoire de Conception de Produits et Innovation, ENSAM ParisTech, Paris, France, École Centrale Marseille, Marseille, France France


Collaborations imply interdisciplinary work, and require exchanges, communication and compromise. When managing a project, collaboration will lead to complex interactions and feedback between tasks. The planning and scheduling phase of a project already benefits from a large number of tools, mostly based on the Precedence Di- agramming Methods (PDM) and its precedence links. This linear vision of how a project shall be planned and sched- uled does not fit with the consequences of collaborative work, and unfortunately, no mainstream method for project planning and scheduling does. This work proposes a collaborative planning and scheduling framework based on gathering and handling of temporal constraints through a qualitative temporal algebra, and then on matrix based task-sequence optimization. It provides equal treatment to all constraints, highlights conflicts and propagates the effect of a constraint modification into the existing plan, thus taking coupling, feedback and rework into account.

Keywords: collaborative planning and scheduling, collaborative project management, interventions in large scale facilities.



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