Project Management (CASE STUDY)

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To understand the project and to identify the tasks that contribute to the risks and delays a critical path analysis will be very useful. Any task involving more than a single operation can be analyzed into sets of component activities. Success or failure of the projects depends upon the ability of the management to schedule the activities.


For the Scantel project the tabulation of the time required by various activities and the estimation of the critical path method is calculated and shown in Appendix - 1. From the table it is known that the most critical events are No. 1, 4, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15,34, 35, 36, 46, 47, 48, 40 and 50. The meaning of this is that, the completion of these activities are crucial for the completion of the project. If there is a delay in these activities, the entire project can get delayed. If these event numbers are interpreted from the Scantel event listing, (Appendix 21.3), it shows that the critical path activities lie mostly in the processes of
The activities that are related to these activities are the start systems engineering, complete interface transient tests, complete compatibility testing. These activities can cause delay because this was the first time such system was being developed. It will be very critical because, Callister has to first decide the major parts of the system, their functions and how they are related to each other. After the architecture is decided the next issue is to decide whether the components should be developed in-house or to be bought and redesigned. Hence, the procurement of all the prototypes and overall simulation is going to be a potentially time delaying event.
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