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MAJOR VIRENDER SINGH

MR SHIVAM GUPTA
14 MARCH 2012

PAPER ONE-NEXT GENERATION PC-BASED PROJECT MANAGEMENT


SYSTEMS -BY L E HEINDEL AND V A KASTEN

PAPER TWO- PROJECT MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS: AN


EMPIRICAL STUDY OF THEIR IMPACT ON PROJECT MANAGERS AND
PROJECT SUCCESS BY LOUIS RAYMOND FRANCOIS BERGERON

PAPER THREE - TOWARDS A SMART PROJECT MANAGEMENT INFORMATION


SYSTEM BY ALI JAAFARI AND KITSANA MANIVONG

The goal is two fold: one, identify and


explain the argument that the author is
making, and two, bring out criticalities.
One of the key directions of this review is to
avoid and minimize summary as we are
evaluating the authors points and
arguments.
The papers are being dealt one by one,
highlighting the evaluation of each
separately under varied heads as discussed
ahead.

Biographic Info of Author.

Intended Audience.
Primarily targeted towards companies making
software projects, developers, researchers and IT professionals.

General problem areas.


( What does the author intend to discuss and
why?)
all available systems basically provide similar functionality.
None of the currently available PC-based project management systems
support the higher-level managerial concerns .
next generation of project management systems must include
functionality for the management of tasks and resources.
Next generation project management systems must be implemented using
the toolkit and enhanced compound application approaches to ensure
maximum and rapid extensibility.

Adequately covered.

Past Research

Authors didnt build on the past researches.

They were themselves involved.

Definitions and acronyms.


The authors have not used much of
acronyms or definitions and the paper has been written in a transparent
manner with symbols and format to illustrate in brief.

Illustrations, tables or graphs. The paper utilizes only illustrations, and


no tables or graphs have been used. This stands to a disadvantage as
graphs and tables complement the text, which is not so in this case.

Major findings and conclusions. The author has been able to convey his
point through his concluding remarks. However, the article doesnt get
augumented with factual support in terms of research findings or data.

Footnotes or Bibliography.
The paper does quote seven references;
However, The authors have quoted more of their own work than citing
others work in this field.

Biographic Info of Author. Not covered adequately. The paper only mentions their
respective names and universities under separate heads.

Intended Audience.
The paper is primarily targeted towards project
managers, Higher managerial staff, researchers in the field of Project
management information systems.

General problem areas. ( What does the author intend to discuss and why?)

The research aim of this study - to determine the actual impacts of PMIS upon project
managers and project performance.

one of the objective was to identify the main determinants of PMIS and determine the
extent to which these systems assist project managers in terms of increased efficiency,
productivity and efficiency.

Another objective was to get a better understanding of the contribution of these systems
to the success of projects.

Improvements in effectiveness and efficiency in managerial tasks were observed here in


terms of better project planning, scheduling, monitoring, and control.

Improvements in productivity were also observed in terms of timelier decision-making.

Advantages obtained from PMIS not limited to individual performance but also include
project performance.

Systems found to have direct impacts on project success, One can therefore conclude that
PMIS make a significant contribution to project success and should continue to be the
object of project management research.

Past Research
The authors were able to build on the past researches as
referred in the paper as an outcome of the previous research that PMIS success
models should continue to be validated and challenged, the results of this research
show that the use of a project management information system is in fact
advantageous to project managers..

Definitions and acronyms.


The authors have not used much of acronyms or
definitions and the paper has been written in a transparent manner with symbols
and format to illustrate in brief.

Illustrations, tables or graphs.


The paper utilizes not only illustrations,
but tables or graphs have been extensively used. This stands to an advantage as
graphs and tables complement the text, which assists the reader to grasp material
easily.

Major findings and conclusions.


The author has been able to convey his
point through his concluding remarks. The article also gets augmented with factual
support in terms of research findings or data.

Footnotes or Bibliography.
The paper quotes at least forty seven references;
which are more than sufficient to elaborate the effort that has gone into this paper.

Biographic Info of Author. The biographies of the authors have been adequately
covered under separate heads with photographs of both authors. The authors
qualification is adequate enough with experience of 70 published papers.

Intended Audience.
The paper is primarily targeted towards companies
making software projects, developers, researchers and IT professionals.

General problem areas. ( What does the author intend to discuss and why?)
A case was made for the need for a smart project management information
system.
The main feature of such system will be its capability to assist a goal-driven
and focused approach to the development and management of the project.
The SPMIS embraces a holistic view of the project.
The main thrust of this system is to encourage a shift from the current
administration-based and multi-phase project management to a goal-driven
proactive practice in which the project manager will preside over the
development and implementation of the project in a single integrated phase.

Past Research
The authors did try to build on the past researches as they analyzed this
concept. The feasibility of building the SPMIS was explored at some length with the conclusion
that the IT and computing technologies were indeed at a stage to support the underlying
concept of the SPMIS.

Definitions and acronyms.


The authors have not used much of acronyms or definitions and
the paper has been written in a fluent manner with symbols and format to illustrate.

Illustrations, tables or graphs.


The paper utilizes not only illustrations, but tables or
graphs as well. This stands to a greater advantage as graphs and tables complement the text,
which assists the paper manifolds.

Major findings and conclusions.


The author has been able to convey his point through
his concluding remarks. Moreover, the article gets further augmented with factual support in
terms of research findings and data. The authors' preferred approach is based on a unique
project-specific product modeling, using object oriented programming techniques. The
application of systems' approach in solving the project information in order to execute a
particular function, or a combination of inter-related functions, was also discussed.

Footnotes or Bibliography. The paper does quote forty four references; which are more than
sufficient to elaborate the effort that has gone into this paper.