Decision Support for the Entire Project Lifecycle
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to provide architecture for a project management tool that subsumes existing project management tools and provides for integrated project initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and control, and closure. The paper is conceptual and addresses many issues with existing software support systems for project management. The paper substantiates a need for a support system for the entire project lifecycle. A number of computerized support and advisory tools are suggested as supplemental and integrative to existing software project management tools. Further studies and prototypes need to be developed that will enable support for the entire project lifecycle. This paper points to a lack of support from existing project management software systems for many of the major project management phases and provides insights into potential integrated use of project management tools for holistic, synergistic support of the entire project lifecycle.
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Authors: James R. Burns, Balaji Janamanchi, Pinyarat Sirisomboonsuk