This Guest paper is an update of an earlier paper published on the Internet in June 1999.

It was submitted for publication on this web site and is Copyright to M.A. Seely & Q.P. Duong, 2005.
Published here December 2005.

Abstract | Introduction | Project Management Learning
Project Classification | Management by Rules | Management by Methods
Management by Objectives | Management by Values | PART II

Management by Rules

For Level 1 projects, the Lowest Static Baseline (LSB) is the product design baseline, illustrated in Figure 3. These projects are referred to in the DBM as production. For production projects, the art and science of project management is in selecting and manipulating alternative procedures to implement the design with optimal efficiency; i.e., the procedures form a dynamic baseline. The corresponding project management behavior appropriate to a Level 1 environment is MBR.

Figure 3: Static Design Baseline
Figure 3: Static Design Baseline

The Project:

A typical MBR application would be a "build to print" type initiative having a tangible product and a stable proven design. The operation would be highly routine and "systematized." This level would arguably not even be a project under the PMBOK® Guide's[3] definition of a project. The typical organizational structure would be a functional line operation.

The People:

The ideal MBR behavior features a highly dependable, reliable individual with a strong affiliation with the official operations of the company. With a focus on detail, the career long MBR practitioner would be a Myers Briggs ISTJ (Introverted/Sensing/Thinking/Judgmental) or "Inspector," representing approximately 10% of the population.

The project management training syllabus for MBR includes subjects such as:

  • Life cycle costing
  • Material requirements planning
  • Process control
  • Procurement practice
  • Quality assurance
  • Quality control
  • Queuing theory
  • Scheduling (Gantt, PERT, CPM, Line of Balance)
  • Design specifications.
Project Classification  Project Classification

3. Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® guide), Upper Darby, PA, 1996
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