Engineering Project Management Dissertation Abstracts

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  • An Investigation into the Technical and General Management Skills Needed to be an Effective Project Manager; Student: Lumeng Sheng; Supervisor: Anthony Waterman

    Project management has been increasing as a critical component of operations in global business organisations. It promotes businesses to achieve their goals with constraints of time, cost and quality. Therefore, there is high demand for effective project managers.

    The purpose of this dissertation is to identify and evaluate the effective skills that are needed for project managers, in order to ensure the successful outcome of a project. It involved descriptions of the characteristics of ‘project’ and ‘project management’, reviewed from a wide range of journal papers to identify the different skills related to effective project management. Therefore, a qualitative approach was used to gather secondary data. Furthermore, through investigating and evaluating the hierarchical significance of different skills, traits and competencies from different previous results; it is concluded that leadership and communication skills are the two most essential skills for an effective project manager.

  • Traditional and Agile research and development project management methods in the automotive industry; Student: Sau Yin Sun; Supervisor: Tim Jones

    Research and Development (R&D) is vital to the success of a company in developing new technologies and has been essential, yet expensive, in the automotive industry. Due to the differences between Traditional Projects and R&D projects, the aim of this study is to identify the insufficiency of Traditional Project Management (TPM) methods in managing R&D projects and investigate the alternative project management methods applicable, through literature-based research. The main differences between Traditional and R&D projects are the degree of uncertainty and variability faced by R&D projects. It is also shown that a TPM model could not effectively manage the nature of a R&D project. Due to the inability of TPM in managing R&D projects, alternative methods such as Agile Project Management (APM) and Stage-Gate Project Management (SGPM) are suggested. The flexible nature of APM can effectively manage uncertainty and variability in R&D projects. Although the APM approach can be used to manage R&D projects effectively, integration with the SGPM model is needed for the management of the entire R&D project lifecycle. The adaptability with respect to variability and uncertainty in the project makes the SGPM a suitable approach for the management of R&D projects.

  • The use of information technology in support of product lifecycle management; Student: Jianlin Tan; Supervisor: David McKee

    The aim of the dissertation is to investigate how information technology (IT) supports Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and what benefits IT can offer to successful PLM implementation, through a literature review. The dissertation combines IT-related tools in the PLM context and analyses how IT-related tools activate PLM. The challenges of applying a Product Embedded with Information Device (PEID) and software in the PLM environment, is discussed. Through separately analysing and evaluating the role of PEID and software in PLM, the dissertation captures how IT-related tools support PLM.

    The dissertation concludes that the application of PEIDs in PLM enables organisations to continuously obtain product data and information, and the usage of software in PLM assists organisations to manage, analyse, and evaluate product data and information. The combination of PEIDs and software can solve three important factors for successful implementation of PLM. However, some barriers still exist in regards to the application of IT-related tools, such as: cost, privacy and security concerns, and lack of well-integrated PLM software.

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