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Project Management Topics In Electrical Engineering Technology

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.365.1 - 1.365.14

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Lucian P. Fabiano

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By Lucian P. Fabiano New Jersey Institute of Technology INTRODUCTION

Electrical Engineering Technology ( E E T ) s t u d e n t s have gained a reputation of being hands on problem solvers. They enjoy working on technical projects which deal more with the integration of technologies into systems and products than in the development of new advanced technologies. In order to develop successful system integration projects, EET graduates must have strong technical skills as well as practical skills in project management concepts and methodologies. This is particularly true in today’s industrial environment where engineering organizations have been under considerable competitive pressure to increase productivity through downsizing. Very often this is being done by eliminating middle levels of management while including a project management responsibility at the individual contributor level. As a result of this industrial environment, individuals responsible for successful development projects are increasingly required to perform two basic job functions; project designer and project manager. As a designer, an individual is responsible for completing assigned design and development tasks. As a project manager, an individual is responsible for developing a comprehensive and integrated project plan that can serve as the guide for designing and developing a project. Given these two job functions, the individual responsible for the project becomes the single point of integrative responsibility for achieving overall project success.

Given the above responsibility, the project responsible must be skilled in performing the following basic project management functions; - Determination of the work which must be done to successfully achieve all project goals and objectives.

- Development and documentation of an overall project plan .

- Leadership and management of the project plan.

- Evaluation and reporting on performance against the project plan.

- Determination of when and what corrective actions are required to avoid and resolve project problems which can affect the project plan. .S.. -. . .-

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Fabiano, L. P. (1996, June), Project Management Topics In Electrical Engineering Technology Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

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