Cincinnatti Software, which currently specializes in the installation of manufacturing resource planning (MRP II) systems in small firms, is planning a major expansion into installing the new enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. This major expansion into the hottest software area will be organized as an in-house project of strategic importance. The company has selected a project manager and team to follow the project through to completion. The project team is very interested in selecting an appropriate scheduling technique for the project. The project manager has thus set the following guidelines for the selection process: simple; able to show durations of events, the flow of work, and the relative sequence of events; able to indicate planning and actual flow, which items may proceed at the same time, and how far they are completion. The assistant project manager favors the Gantt chart, the finance representative likes PERT, and the information technology department head prefers CPM.
Questions: If you were the project manager, which method would you use, and why?
The response addresses the queries posted in 1097 words with references.
//Before writing about the choice for the 'Methods of Project Management', it is necessary to know about the Company background. One should know about the operations of the Company, which further will assist in analyzing the project management tools, in an effective manner.//
Cincinnatti software is specialized in the installation of the manufacturing resource planning (MRP II) system. Presently Cincinnatti is installing systems only in small firms but now it is planning for expansion. Cincinnatti planned to install the new enterprise resource planning systems. In short, it is also known as ERP systems. As an in-house project this expansion would be organized. For this purpose company has also selected project manager and the team. The main responsibility of the project team is to select the suitable scheduling technique for the project. Scheduling technique should be simple; able to show durations of events, the flow of work, and the relative sequence of events; able to indicate planning and actual flow, which items may proceed at the same time, and how far they are in completion. But the different departments favor the different- different techniques for this purpose. The assistant project manager favors the Gantt chart, the finance representative likes PERT, and the information technology department head prefers CPM.
//Above is the discussion of background and operations of the Company. As per the directions, I will move towards the various methods of project management to select the most promising one.//
Gantt Chart- It is also known as Bar chart. Gantt chart is a specialized chart which represents the tasks as segments on a time scale. The left hand side of the Gantt chart ...
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