Perhaps the greatest personal responsibility a manager assumes is promising to complete a project. And successfully completing a project requires a thorough analysis of the tasks involved, accurate estimates of time and resources required, and a strong understanding of the physical and logical interdependencies involved.
McMurty Construction is a general contractor specializing in small single family homes. The owner, Sean McMurty, has lately been taking on an increasing number of projects as the housing market for summer homes in Michigan really takes off. Because this increase in volume is new to him he wants to investigate project scheduling techniques to insure that he can take control of this new business opportunity. Sean has identified the major activities required to construct a home which are listed below:
The key to successful project management is determining the Critical Path, that is, that sequence of tasks which must be completed within a particular time frame in order to ensure that the entire project is a success.
Profit Maximizing Solution:
The Project Summary Table Terms:
EST = Earliest Start Time;
EFT = Earliest Finish Time;
LST = Latest Start Time;
LFT = Latest Finish Time.
CR = Critical Event
Based upon the Table results, Mr. McMurty knows that those events marked CR cannot be delayed without delaying the entire project. Those activities not marked CR have some "wiggle room".