Schedule Network Analysis Methods

Project schedule network analysis is an analytical technique to identify critical path and list of critical project activities. It further specifies the degree of schedule flexibility in a given network logic. The output of schedule network analysis is a schedule model. This project schedule model serves as a basis for further project execution, analysis, and reporting. Critical Path Method (CPM) is the most common schedule network analysis technique. Other techniques include PERT, CCM, What-if analysis and resource optimization. Read More

Earned Value Management Challenges

Earned value management system is a robust methodology to integrate schedule, scope, and cost baselines of a project. EVM is an analytical tool that also uses variances to track schedule and cost performance of a project. It further uses efficiency indicators to forecast project health. Though EVM analysis offers numerous benefits, implementing this technique offers some challenges. The following paragraphs enumerates important earned value management challenges. Read More

Variance Analysis Project Management

Monitoring and Controlling of project work requires constant review of planned vs actual data of project work. Earned Value (EVM) project management technique offers mathematical equations for arriving at schedule and cost variance but there are many organizations that do not use earned value management techniques for project monitoring and controlling. Whether a project deploys evm techniques or not, it is necessary that the present performance of the project is compared against Read More

Earned Value Management Example

Implementation of EVM technique offers some challenges and the most important ones are developing implementation methodology, assessment of percentage work completed, timely collection of work progress data, and availability of actual cost data as organizations have different principles in collection and reporting of actual project cost data. Given the challenges faced with implementation of earned value management technique it is still an effective tool. Read More

PMBOK Guide 6th Edition Changes

The Guide to The Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)® is an indispensable resource for project managers as well as for PMP aspirants. The guide includes the standard for project management and key concepts and project management processes that can be used in any industry. The PMBOK guide fifth edition was published in 2013 and was due for an update. In september 2017 PMI released the PMBOK 6th edition. Read More

Sequence Activities Tools & Techniques

While developing the project schedule it is imperative that all project activities that relate to project success are clearly identified. These identified activities are then analysed for relationships that exists among them so that a well-structured and a logically correct network of project activities can be established. A logically correct schedule network can help the project team in concentrating on sequence of activities essential for project success. Read More

Critical Path Analysis Solved Example

Critical path analysis is the process of identifying the longest path in a schedule network diagram. It not only indicates completeness of project schedule but also helps to ascertain degree of schedule flexibility. Moreover, critical path analysis also reveals the minimum duration required to complete a project. Most of the scheduling programs use PDM technique to construct the schedule network diagram. Hence Critical Path Method (CPM) is the most popular project schedule analysis technique. Read More