Project Tracking and Scheduling Case Study by Caligal07

This paper defines the critical path method of production and its purpose in project tracking and scheduling procedures.
# 145272 | 1,252 words | 2 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 31, 2010 in Business (Companies) , Business (Applied Operations)

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This paper looks at the Gadget Toy Company and discusses the critical path method (CPM) in production and explains scheduling techniques that can be used to prevent project delays and to get projects back on track. The paper concludes by discussing the Gantt chart, a tool used for tracking and monitoring projects.

Table of Contents:
Table 1: Activity Network Diagram
The Critical Path Method
Table 2: Possible Activity Paths
Gantt chart.
Table 3: Gantt Chart

From the Paper:

"Sometimes projects may fall behind schedule. There are two techniques that project managers can use to prevent project delays and shorten the estimated duration time on a project. They are fast tracking or crashing the project. When a project manager fast tracks he or she normally looks for activities that can be done at the same time. Referring to Table 1, activities B, C, and H can all start at the same time. I and J can also start at the same time after H is completed. G and K are also parallel activities. Crashing the project involves adding resources to an activity on the critical path to speed up the critical path. A project manager may also juggle resources from activities that have some slack or float. However, crashing a project may shorten the duration time but it may mean increase the project's budget. It is imperative all project managers understand how to allocate resources and rearrange the sequence of activities to address limited availability of resources. An effective Critical Path analysis can make the difference between success and failure on complex projects."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Johnson, Fraser. (1997). Gadget Toy Company. Ontario, Canada: The University of Western Ontario
  • Marchewka, Jack T. (2006). Information Technology Project Management: Providing Measureable Organizational Value (2nd Edition). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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