Sunday, July 5, 2009
PERT (program evaluation
and review technique) and CPM (critical path method), are available to assist the
project manager in carrying out these responsibilities. These techniques make heavy use
of networks (as introduced in the preceding chapter) to help plan and display the coordination
of all the activities. They also normally use a software package to deal with all the
data needed to develop schedule information and then to monitor the progress of the project.
Project management software, such as MS Project in your OR Courseware, now is
widely available for these purposes.
PERT and CPM have been used for a variety of projects, including the following types.
1. Construction of a new plant
2. Research and development of a new product
3. NASA space exploration projects
4. Movie productions
5. Building a ship
6. Government-sponsored projects for developing a new weapons system
7. Relocation of a major facility
8. Maintenance of a nuclear reactor
9. Installation of a management information system
10. Conducting an advertising campaign