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A Bayesian Approach to Project Control

A Bayesian Approach to Project Control
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Author(s): Franco Caron (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 13
Source title: Project Management: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0196-1.ch041

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Abstract

The capability to elaborate a reliable estimate at completion for a project since the early stage of project execution is the prerequisite in order to provide an effective control of the project. The non-repetitive and uncertain nature of projects and the involvement of multiple stakeholders raise the need to exploit all the available knowledge sources in order to provide a reliable forecast. Therefore, drawing on a set of case studies, this paper proposes a Bayesian approach to support the elaboration of the estimate at completion in those industrial fields where projects are denoted by uncertainty and complexity. The Bayesian approach allows to integrate experts' opinions, data records from past projects and data related to the current performance of the ongoing project. Data from past projects are selected through a similarity analysis. The proposed approach shows a higher accuracy in comparison with the basic formulas typical of the Earned Value Management (EVM) methodology.

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