Production and Inventory Management Journal vol:46 issue:2 pages:44-55
Projects are often subject to changes and disruptive effects that may lead to project time delays and productivity loss, which in turn often lead to costly disputes among owners and contractors. We promote the use of effective and efficient risk-analysis-based proactive/reactive scheduling procedures that project contractors and project managers can deploy. These procedures can protect their project baseline schedules against disruptions and enable them to take corrective actions when the protection fails and the as-planned schedule needs to be repaired or revised. We present an integrated forensic project management procedure for analyzing time delays. The procedure captures the dynamics of time, network logic, and resource constraints, and is applicable to any type of project. Among the advantages cited for our approach are reliable due date setting for the project and reliable planned starting and completion times for individual activities. The fundamental benefit of our methodology is that project delays may be prevented and costly claim disputes avoided.