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IS/IT Project Management-The critical path
Many project managers ensure the success of their projects by using the concept of a critical path to better plan and manage IS/IT projects.
In this Assignment, you will consider the following scenario:
You are managing an IS/IT project that is an upgrade to infrastructure of a customer relations management (CRM) tool. The work breakdown structure (WBS) of this upgrade exercise produces three major activities: the system memory upgrade, the system database upgrade and the Web interface upgrade.
There are five activities planned in this project, and their sequence has been determined:
- The first activity is the completion of memory upgrade, which is planned to take two days.
- The second activity is the system design rework, which is planned to take six days.
- The third and fourth activities are separate activities and are planned to take 12 and four days, respectively, both requiring the system design rework as the input.
You are given a team of three: one hardware specialist, one system and Web interface designer and one database developer. Each is a specialist in his or her own area only.
To complete this Assignment:
Submit a paper in which produce a task activity network for the project described and determine the critical path for this project. Critically analyze the critical path in relation to predicting a project completion activity date. Explain whether and why you would predict a completion date based on the critical path and discuss the alternatives that you have. Based on your analysis, evaluate the applicability of the concept of a critical path to this project.