Critical Path Method Network Analysis

Critical path method network analysis ensures that there are no schedule slippages and cost overruns. The critical path method specifies the extent of schedule flexibility permissible in a given logical relationship. CPM analysis further allows the project team to work out various scenarios of schedule delays. Critical path method also helps to establish a probabilistic estimates of project completion targets. Further, critical path method in project management also facilitates accurate assessment of schedule risk. Read More

MS Project Summary Task Is Not WBS

Summary task as the name signifies are project activities used for structuring the project schedule. Summary tasks are not assigned any predecessor and successor and are also not assigned any duration or resources. MS Project automatically calculates the duration, start, finish dates and the cost associated with the summary task based on the information of the associated sub task. In order to create a summary task in MSP, all you need to do is to indent a task just below it. Read More

Forecast Project Cost Earned Value Method

Project managers must face questions on future performance of project cost. The most commons questions are (a) What is the remaining work likely to cost? (b) What is the entire project likely to cost? (c) How much will be over or under budget at the end of the project? Earned Value Management technique has a set of highly effective and proven tools to forecast project cost performance. This blog post uses evm graphs to explain how earned value management (evm) formulas can help forecast project cost. Read More

PMP Exam Questions – A Brief Analysis

PMP examination that offers numerous benefits to both individuals and well as the organizations is a gruelling four-hour long test which needs to be completed in one sitting. A total number of 200 questions needs to be answered in a time frame of 4 hours. The PMP Handbook specifies the distribution of these questions across various process groups. The data is reproduced below in graphical format. All 200 questions that needs to be answered are not accounted for scoring Read More

Earned Value Management Analysis

Earned Value Management Analysis methodology is an analytical tool that uses data generated during project execution. Analysis of the collected data reveals the present state of the project. Further, analysis of the trends in the data can forecasts the future project performance. The collected data when compared to a baseline indicates variances in project performance. Earned Value Analysis also assists project manager and the project team in initiating corrective actions and recommending preventive actions. Read More

Earned Value Management System

EVM as Earned Value Management is popularly known, is a technique used to track the progress and report current status of a project, it is also used to forecast the future performance of the project. EVM is an analytical tool that systematically integrates measurement of cost, schedule, and scope accomplishments on a project. EVM was developed in 1960’s by Department of Defence (DOD) to keep track of defence projects. Read More

Wrong Cost Estimates Implications & Solutions

During project execution most of us have dealt with the issue of wrong cost estimates. This issue becomes a serious concern especially when you are working on a fixed price contract, these contracts pose a great risk to project margin as the team has to work with zero escalation of costs until the delivery of the project. While developing the budget for a new project it is an accepted practice to refer to costs incurred in a previous similar project. Read More