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Project Scheduling Tools, PERT, CPM, and Gantt Charts

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What project scheduling tools, including PERT, CPM, and Gantt charts. Depending on the depth and clarity you needed for project schedule, these tools can be used separately or in tandem.

Explain how the tool works. Why does it interest you?

Explain how this tool has, or could have, been useful in a project you were involved with.

How can the tool be useful in future projects? Explain.

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I. How the tools work
II. How this tool(s) has, or could have, been useful in a project you were involved with
III. How can the tool be useful in future projects? Explain.
IV. Suggested reference

Suggested discussions:

I. How the tools work
PERT or Project Evaluation and Review Technique is used to analyze tasks involved in project analysis. It gives one an idea that one activity is a prerequisite to completing another activity. The objective is to find out which activity must be deferred and those that should not be delayed.

CPM or Critical Path Method identifies tasks that should not be delayed. CPM also gives feedback which activities may be delayed but ...

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The solution briefly discusses project scheduling tools, PERT, CPM, and Gantt charts. It showed that projects could have been managed well if these tools were used. Costly delays could have been avoided had these scientific management tools have been employed.

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