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project network?

tool used for planning, scheduling, and monitoring project progress

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what are four things the project network depicts?

project activities, logical sequences, interdependencies of activities, and times for activities to start/finish

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what is a framework for project information system used by project managers to make decisions concerning time, cost, and performance?

project networks

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what are project networks developed from?

the WBS

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activity?

element in project that consumes time

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what is used to build the activities found in the project network?

work packages from the WBS

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can an activity have one or more work packages?

yes

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two primary explanations for failure of integrating work packages and network?

diff groups used to define work packages and activities. the WBS is poorly constructed and not deliverable/output oriented

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how can managers guarantee continuity?

by having same people that defined the WBS and work packages define the network activities

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what are the primary inputs for developing project network plan?

work packages

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4 things about activities?

element of project that takes time. may or may not require resources. work or wait. represent one or more tasks from a work package

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merge activity?

has more than one activity immediately preceding it

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parallel activities?

activities that can take place at the same time

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path?

sequence of connected, dependent activities

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critical path?

paths with longest duration through the network, if an activity on this path is delayed the project is delayed!

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burst activity?

has more than one activity immediately following it

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3 things about activity-on-node?

one of two methods used to develop project networks. dominates all project plans. activities represented by nodes (boxes).

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3 relationships that must be established for activities included in project network?

predecessor, successor, concurrent/parallel

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what questions do completion of forward and backward processes answer? (2)

forward pass - earliest times, backward pass - latest times

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what does a forward pass - earliest times do?

starts with first project activity and traces each path through the network to last project activity, adding activity times while tracing

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what is the longest path that denotes project completion time for plan?

critical path

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equation of forward pass?

early start + duration = early finish

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what does backward pass - latest times do?

starts with last project activity on network and traces backward subtracting activity times

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what does the late finish usually equal? (2 things)

early finish or existing project duration deadline

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equation of backward pass?

late finish - duration = late start

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total slack?

tells the amount of time an activity can be delayed and not delay the entire project

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what tells the amount of time an activity can exceed its early finish date without affecting the project end date or imposed completion date?

total slack

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sensitivity?

likelihood the original critical path will change once project is initiated

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characteristics of an INSENSITIVE network schedule?

has one critical path and noncritical activities that enjoy significant slack

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characteristics of a SENSITIVE network schedule?

has more than one critical path and/or noncritical activities with very little slack