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Project Management Tools and Techniques

Construction project managers are using a different kind of methods and techniques to accomplish project’s objectives in pre-construction and post construction period. Project management tools assist for the effective planning and completion of tasks under the all work progress.

Project manager handle varieties methods depend on the project type and nature of the works. Each manager comes with different ideas to manage and control the work in a large building or infrastructure projects.

What are the tools used in project management? Here is a list of most popular and widely used techniques for effective project management. These tools can be grouped under following six categories.

Let’s Take a look at project management tools and techniques that are used by project managers to ensure successful projects.

1. Project Selection Techniques

  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Risk and sensitivity analysis

2. Project execution planning tools

  • Work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • The Project execution plan (PEP)
  • Project responsibility matrix
  • Project management manual

3. Project scheduling and coordinating techniques

  • Gantt chart (Bar charts)
  • Life-cycle curves
  • Line of balance (LOB)
  • Network techniques
    • Critical Path Method (CPM)
    • Program Evaluation Review Technique (PERT)
    • Graphical Evaluation and Review Technique (GERT)

4. Project monitoring and progress techniques

  • Progress measurement technique (PROMPT)
  • Performance monitoring technique (PERMIT)
  • Updating, reviewing and reporting technique

5. Project cost and control tools

  • Productivity budgeting technique
  • Value engineering (VE)

6. Project communication tools

  • A project board
  • A discussion board
  • Email for one-on-one conversation
  • Phone calls
  • Instant messaging
  • Video conferencing
  • Letters and faxes
  • Control room

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