PROJECT MANAGEMENT

PROJECT: MOVE TO THE FIFTH FLOOR


One client who uses our interns has been so pleased with the quality of the TSCC program that she generously donated all new computers and furniture to replace that which is in room 103. Although the old equipment and furniture is still state of the art, we were glad to accept her help and therefore must move everything to a new lab (next to the swimming pool) on the just-completed fifth floor. You have been hired to make the move over Winter break. 

Your supervisor, some professor named Bob, has estimated that it will take about two days to disconnect and move the computer equipment. It will take about a day to disassemble the furniture, another day to move it upstairs, and another to reassemble it. It will then take about another two days to reconnect and test the computers. You can only work in the building during normal business hours - and will be working without any help (which is why you must disassemble the furniture to be able to move it). 

1. For this project, list each task (in order) in one column, with its duration in another column. (This is called a Gannt table.)  If one task must be completed before another can begin, then list it as a precondition (predecessor task). 
 
 
 

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TASK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
DURATION
PRE-
CONDITION
1 .. .. ..
2 .. .. ..
3 .. .. ..
4 .. .. ..
5 .. .. ..
6 .. .. ..
7 .. .. ..
8 .. .. ..
9 .. .. ..

 

2. Draw a Gannt chart for this project. 

3. Draw a PERT chart for this project. 

4. Professor Bob has decided at the last minute that some software should be removed from these computers before they are moved and that some new applications should be installed after the computers are set up on the fifth floor. This must be done by Deena, a member of the computing support staff. Deena says that she will need a day to clean the old applications off of the computers before they are moved, and another two days to install the new applications once the computers are working on the fifth floor.

Make a new Gannt table, adding an additional resource column listing either you or Deena. 
 

#
TASK. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
DURATION
PRE-
CONDITION
RESOURCES
1 .. .. .. ..
2 .. .. .. ..
3 .. .. .. ..
4 .. .. .. ..
5 .. .. .. ..
6 .. .. .. ..
7 .. .. .. ..
8 .. .. .. ..
9 .. .. .. ..

5. Draw a new Gannt chart; next to each Gannt bar, indicate whether the task is to be completed by you or by Deena. 

6. Professor Bob has decided to schedule a meeting with you every morning before you begin.  How does this affect the project? 

7. During your lunch break on the day that you were disassembling the furniture, someone borrowed your large phillips screwdriver at the point when you had just removed the legs on the left side of all tables. The only way to get the rest of the legs removed is with a large phillips screwdriver. How does this affect the project? 

8. Deena dropped a computer on her foot the day before the project was supposed to start. This was a bit of a freak accident in the particular way that the computer struck her, and it did quite a lot of damage to Deena's foot. The hospital told her that she must stay in traction for a week (i.e., she cannot leave her house), but that she will probably be able to hobble around after that. How does this affect the project?