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Digital Technology and Project Production Management – What is the Relationship?

Executive Summary

The 2018 PPI Symposium incorporated significant discussion about the role of digital technology including artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT sensor and autonomous in support of Project Production Management (PPM) as the means to achieve better project outcomes. Though the relationship is obvious for many, the connection is not apparent to others. This situation is compounded by the fact that there exists confusion about the difference between innovation and technology, and the resulting implications for business and project performance.

To create the foundation for innovation, this article critically examines the usefulness of current concepts and methods, in particular the Critical Path Method (CPM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and compares them with Project Production Management (PPM) which builds on sound concepts from Operations Science.

The purpose of this paper is to provide the reader with the means to understand the relationship between these innovations and how to maximize value through integrating and leveraging both. Additionally, to provide more insight into the relationship between Digital Technology and PPM, PPI will publish future papers on the topic.

Keywords: Project Production Management; Operations Science; Digital Technology; Digital Transformation; Artificial Intelligence; Machine Learning; Robotic Process Automation

Author: Todd R. Zabelle Founder & CEO, Strategic Project Solutions Inc., 

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