An Integrated Approach to Project Management: Modeling projects and the supply chain together in one environment

By Kinaxis

For many organizations, excellence in project management is fundamental to their success. In some industries like aerospace and defense and construction, projects are what they do – it is how they earn the bulk of their revenue. In other industries like manufacturing, projects are a primary way to achieve competitive advantage, the means by which to create or improve a product, service, system or process.

The practice of project management has matured and evolved a great deal over the past half century; however, it remains a significant challenge to efficiently bring projects in on time, on budget, and delivering expected results. This is particularly true for organizations that manage a portfolio of large, materially-intensive programs and projects. Many software tools and solutions are available that support Portfolio and Project Management but very few fully model the interdependence between projects and material supply, a key project resource.

This paper describes an integrated approach to project management, which enables an organization to:
  • model all their projects and their entire supply chain together in one environment;
  • model the payment terms, penalty and bonus clauses of a contract to fully reflect the impact a project schedule will have on expected cash-flow;
  • perform 'what-if' simulation to enable project planners and sponsors to understand the implications of various project planning scenarios under consideration (such as allocating more resources to one project versus another or mitigating the impact of a supply disruption).

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