Project Scheduling Improvement Using Design Structure Matrix

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Gunawan, Indra and Ahsan, Kamrul (2010) Project Scheduling Improvement Using Design Structure Matrix. International Journal of Project Organisation and Management , 2 (4). pp. 311-327. ISSN 1740-2891 (print) 1740-2905 (online)


A challenging aspect of managing the development of complex projects is the notion of design iteration or rework. Traditional project management tools such as program evaluation and review technique (PERT), critical path method (CPM), and Gantt chart allow the modelling of sequential and parallel processes in projects, but they fail to address interdependency of feedback and iteration. Design structure matrix (DSM) is a new approach to project management, used to represent, analyse dependencies among tasks and show the order in which tasks are performed. In this paper, a case of the petroleum oil field development project is demonstrated. The project duration of the petroleum oil field development project is reduced significantly by applying the DSM method.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1504/IJPOM.2010.035871
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0806 Information Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Keywords ResPubID21775, design structure matrix, partitioning, scheduling, tearing, schedules, design iteration, rework, program evaluation, programme evaluation, review technique, PERT, critical path method, CPM, Gantt charts, sequential processes, parallel processes, interdependency, feedback, dependencies, tasks, task order, petroleum industry, mineral extraction, oil fields, project duration, project organisation, project management
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