pjm330 effective project scheduling and control excel spreadsheet and 3 page essay with apa citations

Please complete the following: Excel Spreadsheet and 3 page essay with APA citations.

Required

  • Chapter 1, Section 1.1, 1.14; Chapter 11 in Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling
  • Part 1: Chapters 1, 3, & 5 in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)

Recommended

Module 2: Critical Thinking

  • Points 90
  • Submitting a file upload

Critical Thinking Assignment (90 Points)

Important! Read First

Choose one of the following two assignments to complete this week. Do not do both assignments. Identify your assignment choice in the title of your submission.

Option #1: Cost Duration Analysis

Download and examine the cost-duration table from the link provided in the module. Using the critical path method (CPM), first identify the critical path. Given the critical path, then find three tasks that should be crashed by inserting an X mark in the “Tasks to Crash” column. You need to identify these three tasks by accounting for the critical activities, and based on the low “Cost for Each Day Crashed” values. This value has already been calculated in the attached table for three tasks. You will need to determine this value for the remaining tasks for your analysis.

Use the following outline for section headings:

  • Identified Tasks
  • Steps Taken to Identify Tasks
  • Other Recommendations for Shortening Schedule Duration

You will have two files to submit for your assignment. First, you must submit your completed table with all values filled in and marking which tasks you are going to crash. Second, you will submit a 1-to-2-page paper discussing the items in the bulleted list above in a well-written format and in conformity with the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA (Links to an external site.) for style and writing expectations. Include a title page and a reference page that includes at least two outside references (in addition to your textbook) to support your analysis.

Option #2: Schedule Chart Analysis

Download and examine the project task list from the link provided in the module. Based on this task list, you will create a PERT chart and write a paper that discusses the following:

  • Identify which set of tasks create the critical path.
  • Determine which task would be best to crash to reduce the critical path.
  • Determine if there is a change to the critical path by crashing the task. Is there a new critical path?
  • What other information would be beneficial to know to see if the selected task was the best option for crashing?

Your paper should be 2-to-3-pages, well written and in conformity with the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA (Links to an external site.)

for style and writing expectations. Your PERT chart is part of your

page requirements. Include a title page and a reference page that

includes at least two outside references (in addition to your textbook)

to support your analysi

 
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