Using system dynamics modeling to manage projects

Douglas Sycamore, James Collofello

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Abstract

This paper focuses on improving the planning and tracking abilities of software projects through the utilization of system dynamics modeling. A prototyped software project management tool, which incorporates a system dynamics model of the concurrent incremental development process, was developed and is described in this paper. The tool enables project personnel to plan and track a project in terms of schedule, budget, and quality. It also provides a 'what if' capability that enables project personnel to assess the impact of proposed project control actions in terms of schedule, budget, and rework hours. These proposed actions are analyzed utilizing the underlying system dynamics model which evaluates the actions in terms of dependencies and feedback loops among project variables. The concepts discussed in this paper and demonstrated through the prototype tool should be integrated into existing project management tools to increase their power and effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE Computer Society's International Computer Software and Applications Conference
PublisherIEEE
Pages213-217
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 23rd Annual International Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC '99) - Phoenix, AZ, USA
Duration: Oct 27 1999Oct 29 1999

Other

OtherProceedings of the 1999 23rd Annual International Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC '99)
CityPhoenix, AZ, USA
Period10/27/9910/29/99

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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    Sycamore, D., & Collofello, J. (1999). Using system dynamics modeling to manage projects. In Proceedings - IEEE Computer Society's International Computer Software and Applications Conference (pp. 213-217). IEEE.