AuthorSwanson, Brian Kent
Change Control Board
U.S., General Services Administration
Public Buildings Service
Project Management Estimating Tool
Project Management Institute
Project Management Plan
Work Breakdown Structure
University of Alaska Anchorage
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AbstractThis project developed a user-friendly spreadsheet cost estimating tool for Public Buildings Service (PBS) project manager use in small construction and leasing projects. It helps users provide their own conceptual and budgetary level estimates for over 50 common tenant improvement tasks in federally owned and leased buildings in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The Project Management Estimating Tool (PMET) will enable project managers to provide many simple estimates in minutes that currently require multiple days using cost estimator resources. PBS leaders consistently receive complaints from customer agencies regarding the long time PBS takes to provide estimates, and often regarding estimate inaccuracy. The PMET addresses both timeliness and accuracy of small, recurring project estimates, freeing cost estimators to focus on timeliness and accuracy of more complex estimates. The PMET incorporates a statistical risk methodology to increase estimate accuracy. Each estimating item contains a dataset combination of commercial estimating guide values and actual bid values from recent federal contracts. Based on user-provided answers to seven risk factor questions, the tool tailors estimates to the risks. The improved accuracy of PBS estimates from this tool will also build the estimating skills and confidence of project managers, another PBS goal toward project management maturity.
DescriptionA Project Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE in Project Management
Table of ContentsTitle Page / Table of Contents / List of Exhibits / List of Appendices / Project Overview / Abstract / Keywords And Abbreviations / Current State / Future State / Need / Scope / Project Justification / Project Objectives / Deliverables / Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) / Research Approach / Research Sources / Research Keywords / External Research / Internal Agency Research / Initial User Survey Questions / Initial User Survey Results / Annual Follow-Up User Survey Questions / Project Management Life Cycle / Critical Success Factors / Project Results / Staffing Planning and Acquisition / Assumptions / Constraints / Integration Management / Scope Management / Scope Change One / Scope Change Two / Scope Change Three /Time Management / Schedule Change One / Schedule Change Two / Cost Management / Quality Management / Communications Management / Risk Management / Stakeholder Management / Performance Measurement (Project Metrics) / Product (PMET) Overview / Tool Construction / Development Iterations / PMET User Introduction / PMET User Input / PMET Parametric Estimate Outputs / PMET Assembly Estimate Outputs / Product (PMET) Testing, Rollout and Maintenance / Testing, Training and Rollout / Annual Maintenance / Annual User Survey / Annual Maintenance Instructions / Project Conclusions / PMET Lessons Learned / PMET Project Conclusion /PMET Product Conclusion / Recommendations for Further Research/Development / Actual Cost Data Collection / PMET Testing and Rollout / References
PublisherUniversity of Alaska Anchorage
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