Developing schedules, activity network diagrams, and determining the
critical path are important for successful projects. This assignment
allows you to work through creating diagrams, identifying critical
paths, determine which tasks to crash, as well as identify resource
Click here to download the Microsoft Excel template to use for this.
Activity Network Diagram. Using the data provided in
the Excel template develop an activity network diagram. Note an example
is created for you in Excel that you can alter.
Critical Path. Using the data provided in the Excel
template, determine the critical path by doing a forward and backwards
pass. Then identify the critical path and the longest duration.
Project Crashing. You are considering the decision of
whether or not to crash your project. After asking your operations
manager to conduct an analysis, you have determined the “precrash” and
“postcrash” activity durations and costs, as provided in the Excel
template. Compute the per day costs for crashing each activity and
determine what are the top two candidates for crashing.
Resource Loading. Review the resource-loading chart
provided in the Excel template. Suppose that you can commit a maximum of
eight resource hours per day. What are the dates on which the project
resources are overallocated? How could you reconfigure to correct the