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. Critical Path Method (CPM) is the most popular project schedule analysis technique. Read More

Critical Path Method Schedule Analysis

Critical path method in project management helps to identify a sequence of activities that requires close monitoring. This sequence of activities is known as critical path. It is the most important outcome of critical path method (cpm) network analysis process. Hence, critical path method network analysis technique ensures that there are no schedule slippages and cost overruns. Read More

Summary Task In MSP and WBS Differences

Microsoft project allows users to group project activities into what is known as summary tasks. It is a useful tool that can be used to organize project activities. However, there are some do’s and don’ts associated with the use of summary tasks like duration and resources are not assigned to a summary task. Many people refer to MSP summary task as project work breakdown structure (WBS), which is incorrect. 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. Read More

Earned Value Analysis Project Management

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. This also helps in initiating corrective actions. Read More

Earned Value Management Methodology

Earned Value Management (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. It is a technique used to track project progress and report project’s current status, it is also used to forecast future performance. 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 must work with zero escalation of costs until the delivery of the project. Wrong cost estimates adversely affect project margin and surface only during later stages. Read More