Development of a Next-Generation, Simulation-Based Project Management Tool

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-09-C-0169
Agency Tracking Number: 07SB2-0101
Amount: $748,540.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: SB072-006
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
viaSim (Twilight Training LLC)
519 Interstate 30, #247, Rockwall, TX, 75087
DUNS: 075403951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 J. White
 President
 (972) 722-9205
 jcwhite@viasimcorp.com
Business Contact
 J. White
Title: President
Phone: (972) 722-9205
Email: jcwhite@viasimcorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Most project management (PM) tools on the market today use some type of PERT and/or CPM methodology as its primary underlying methodology. PERT (Program Evaluation and Review Technique) was invented by the U.S. Navy in the 1950''''''''''''''''s to manage the Polaris submarine missile program. CPM (Critical Path Method) was invented about the same time in the private sector. These two approaches are synonymous and are often interchanged or even collectively called PERT/CPM. To date, improvements to PM tools have been evolutionary and not revolutionary. PM tools are still based on the PERT/CPM approach. The improvements that occur with eaach round of new PM tools are merely interface "bells and whistles" (e.g., better tracking of resources, uploading from spreadsheets) or perhaps enabling the tool to be used over the internet. Unfortunately, a 50-year old methodology delivered over the internet is still a 50-year old methodology. The purpose of this research effort is two-fold: 1. To demonstrate that common management decision-making processes can be incorporated into a simulation model of a project, and 2. To prove that incorporation of these management activities into a PM tool is a superior approach to current PERT/CPM methods.

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