Project Management


1.Determinewhat the critical path is or is everything critical?

Notevery step in the project is critical. The critical path is B, C, E,F, H, I, J, K, N, O and P.

2.Can some of the steps be done sequentially? Which ones?

Thereare a couple of steps that can be done sequentially. These stepsinclude B and C, E, F and G, H, I, J and K, and M, N and O.

3.Can some of these activities be done concurrently? Which ones?

Thereare activities that can be done concurrently and these activitiesinclude B, E and J, C and H, F, G and I, and K, M and N.

4.Each activity has a sequence either Finish Start (FS) or FinishFinish (FF).

a)Can you identify activities that are FS?

Activitiesthat are FS are E and F, J and K, and N and O.

b)Can you identify activities that are FF?

Activitiesthat are FF include C and D, F and G, C and H, E and J, and K and M.

5.What is your calculation of the overall (start to finish) duration ofthis project?

Thetotal duration of this project from the beginning to the end is 73minutes.

6.Scope Creep.

Thisterm refers to a situation where the initial objectives of a projectare increasing to the point where the time that was set for theproject’s completion becomes unattainable (Kerzner, 2013). Thisscenario is common for most projects that are not properly managedand they end up costing much more than the set budget. In the case ofthis project, the activity whereby the worker has to consult with thecolleague might result in getting new information. The informationcan be that the ladder is not safe, and therefore some featuresshould be enacted to make it safer. The light bulb that has to bechanged can also be in good condition leading to the conclusion thatthe switch is the part that is malfunctioning. Thus, repairing theswitch will incur more expenses than what was originally planned.

7.Management requests an increase to the scope.

Whenthe organization requests an increase to the project’s scope, thecost is expected to go up. An increase in the scope would involve afull assessment of every step taken. The quality of the ladder thatused should be evaluated to ensure that it works according to thesafety regulations. The workers involved have to wear protectiveattire such as safety goggles, a hard hat, and coveralls. The switchfor the bulb has to be checked to ensure that there are no loosewires. The bulb holder as well must be confirmed that it functionsaccordingly. The replacement bulb should be of high quality withenergy saving capabilities.

8.Management wants to reduce costs.

Forthe management to reduce costs, they have to cut the number ofworkers to only one. Thus, only one person will implement the entireprocess. The option for checking the switch and the bulb holder hasto be neglected. A cheap replacement light bulb can be gotten todiminish the expenses further. In the end, the worker should have noobligation to clean the working area since they would be only paidfor replacing the bulb. A better option for the management would beto give the janitor the task of replacing the bulb, which, would endup being cheaper.

9.Management wants to shorten the schedule.

Forthe management to lessen the duration of the project, some activitiescan be ignored. Once the hired worker goes for the permit, they canalso get the ladder and the replacement bulb as well. The stepswhereby the worker has to consult with their associate is unnecessaryand only consumes more time. By removing this activity, the projectis expected to reach completion ahead of its schedule.


Kerzner,H. R. (2013). : a systems approach to planning,scheduling, and controlling. John Wiley &amp Sons.