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Assignment 7.3 – Project Team Assignment -Network/Questions

Network (Also known as Activity-on-Node)(AON) Network Diagrams and Questions.

REQUIRED ACTIONS: 

This activity is designed to help you better understand the Critical Path Method (CPM), Network Diagrams, the Forward and the Backward Pass, the Critical Path, and Slack or Float. BEFORE you even begin this assignment, you should carefully review required reading/viewing materials, conduct your own research on the topics, and consider looking through the optional materials.

Learning to determine both the critical path and the slack/float are very important and useful skills to have when managing projects. However, it does take practice to understand and master the techniques.  This assignment will give you an opportunity to practice conducting a "forward" pass to determine the critical path as well as conducting a "backward pass" to determine the total slack or float for a network diagram (Your IT RFP)

For this assignment, you will also be required to answer several questions on these topics to ensure you thoroughly understand them.

To do this, your team will need to start with the WBS created in the previous weeks. Your team will arrange the work packages (or activities as we are calling them here) in such a manner as to create a logical flow of this work.

Don't forget to consider the "dependencies" of work packages - does one activity have precedence over another? In other words, can multiple activities be conducted at the same time OR is there a sequential requirement where one or more activities must be completed before we can move forward with other activities?  Review the material in task dependencies in the text and course materials. The four dependencies are called Finish to Start; Start to finish; Start to Start; and Finish to Finish.

Don't forget to consider any "lead" or "lag" time when creating your diagram. When procuring materials/supplies, you will need to account for any delays or wait time as materials/supplied are delivered. 

Required Reading/Viewing

Methods of IT Project Management –Chapter 7

PMBOK® Guide (5th ed.) – Chapter 6

PDM

http://pmstudycircle.com/2012/07/precedence-diagramming-method-activity-on-node-method-scheduling/

Task Dependencies

http://www.projectinsight.net/project-management-basics/task-dependencies

http://pmstudycircle.com/2012/07/precedence-diagramming-method-activity-on-node-method-scheduling/

Network Diagram Video Part One and Two

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuGQ1BBzihw&list=PLYI7B9ay7fNEfnqzk9rUWqXNbPiw_9hWP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-AZz_FuOKM&index=2&list=PLYI7B9ay7fNEfnqzk9rUWqXNbPiw_9hWP

Communications Planning

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUE2GqpZbpw

Quality Theories

http://www.brighthubpm.com/methods-strategies/72443-theories-in-total-quality-management-tqm/

Task Dependencies

http://www.projectinsight.net/project-management-basics/task-dependencies

http://pmstudycircle.com/2012/07/precedence-diagramming-method-activity-on-node-method-scheduling/

Additional Web Reading/Viewing Exploration

Quality Management

http://www.businessballs.com/qualitymanagement.htm

Critical Path Network

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPZlQ3Zx5zc

Lead and Lag Time

http://pmstudycircle.com/2013/02/lead-time-and-lag-time-in-project-scheduling-network-diagram/


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