Project Management

Project Management

Consider a recent project that you have worked on. This could be for a company or organization with which you are familiar, or even a personal project such as purchasing a home or planning a family gathering.

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After your opening paragraph, which includes your thesis statement, identify your selected company or organization in no more than three paragraphs. Then, complete the following:

*Note: for the charts/diagrams, use MS Word, Excel, Google Docs or Google Sheets. You may also use any other suitable project-based software. A free Project management software called Libre is also available for download here

1. Create either a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) of the project or Gantt Chart for planning and scheduling the project. Discuss why you used the type of chart you did.

2. Determine and document both probabilistic (t0, tp, and tm) and deterministic time estimates. Discuss how you arrived at these time estimates.

3. Using MS Word, Google Docs, or similar software, create a PERT network diagram with the Critical Path (CP) identified.

4. Calculate the slack time for each activity. Discuss the ramifications of slack in the CP for the activities and the project as a whole.

5. Develop the network diagram from the probability estimates. Discuss which path you would take and why.

6. For each activity, determine hypothetical costs in a table. Include budgeted costs, percent complete, actual/projected cost, and over/under budget (and total). Discuss the rationale for how you derived these costs.

7. Crash an activity on the Critical Path. Discuss the ramifications of crashing the activity you crashed.

Formatting requirements:

  •  7-8 pages in length, which does not include the title page and reference pages, which are never a part of the content minimum requirements.
  • Charts/diagrams should be labeled and can be added within the body of your paper.
  • Support with course material concepts, principles, and theories from the textbook and at least three scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles. Use the Saudi Digital Library to find your resources.
  • Formatted according to APA 7th edition and University writing standards.


Chapter 17 in Operations Management

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Takakura, Y., Yajima, T., Kawajiri, Y., & Hashizume, S. (2019). Application of critical path method to stochastic processes with historical operation data. Chemical Engineering Research & Design: Transactions of the Institution of Chemical Engineers Part A, 149, 195–208.

Hernández-Bastida, A., & Fernández-Sánchez, M. P. (2019). How adding new information modifies the estimation of the mean and the variance in PERT: a maximum entropy distribution approach. Annals of Operations Research, 274(1/2), 291–308.


Calp, M., & Akcayol, M. (2019). Optimization of project scheduling activities in dynamic CPM and PERT networks using genetic algorithms. Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences. 22(2), 615-627.


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