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2004
 
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Garcia, Ana Cristina Bicharra, Kunz, John and Fischer, Martin (2004): Cutting to the chase: improving meeting effectiveness by focusing on the agenda. In: Proceedings of ACM CSCW04 Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2004. pp. 346-349. Available online

We propose an agenda planning technique with a built-in incentive mechanism, based on the VCG (Vickrey-Clarke-Groves) method from game theory, to help project managers in the engineering construction industry create a more effective agenda. Preliminary results have shown an improvement in both instrumented and perceived meeting quality.

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1999
 
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Christensen, Lars Chr., Christiansen, Tore R., Jin, Yan, Kunz, John and Levitt, Raymond E. (1999): Modeling and Simulating Coordination in Projects. In Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, 9 (1) pp. 33-56. Available online

A main challenge in managing projects is identification and understanding of interactions between subtasks. These interactions give rise to dependencies between activities in the project plan. The resulting interdependence between members of the project team requires them to coordinate extensively during project execution. Project managers need a systematic methodology for describing and analyzing coordination requirements on project teams. This need is not met in traditional tools for project planning and scheduling. In this article, we describe an object-oriented framework for modeling projects and a methodology for formalizing these models such that they can be used for discrete event simulation of information processing and coordination in project execution. Our modeling framework represents projects in terms of objective (requirements), product (solution deliverables), process (activities), and organization (participants and relations). We then use matrix techniques to explicate the constraints between project requirements and deliverables (complexity), the contingencies in information flow between activities (uncertainty), and the resulting coordination requirements between project team members. The model and coordination measures can be used as input for simulation of project execution and give predictions for the probable effects of carrying out proposed changes in planning and managing projects. To illustrate how enterprise modeling and analysis can inform project planing and execution, we apply our framework and methodology to model and simulate a simplified project for development of hydraulic systems. Our simulation results demonstrate how project performance is contingent on the fit between the project policies and the objectives and preferences of the project team.

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1998
 
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McKinney, Kathleen, Fischer, Martin and Kunz, John (1998): Visualization of Construction Planning Information. In: Marks, Joe (ed.) International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces 1998 January 6-9, 1998, San Francisco, California, USA. pp. 135-138. Available online

Visualizing a construction schedule helps planners to identify potential construction problems prior to actual building construction. Planners must envision the sequence of construction, the workspace logistics, and utilization of resources and equipment in space and over time. This paper discusses methods of generating, visualizing, and evaluating construction planning information with CAD based tools. We use a construction example to illustrate how feature extraction of 3D CAD models can help identify construction problems and evaluate the quality of a construction plan through 4D analysis and 4D annotation.

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