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Project Management Planning Methods - Chapter Summary
This collection of operations management lessons outlines the methods that project managers use to plan, schedule and implement their projects. Our expert instructors explain several concepts, definitions and tools that are needed to successfully plan a project, such as the PERT analysis tool, work breakdown structure, total slack and more.
The chapter comes with short self-assessment quizzes that follow each lesson, and you can ask our instructors questions if they arise. The lesson material is also available 24/7, which enables you to study whenever it's convenient. The chapter's lessons can help you:
- Outline the steps and tools needed to effectively plan projects
- Figure out how long a project will take to complete using the PERT analysis tool
- Understand the purposes of a work breakdown structure and project team
- Know how to schedule projects using total slack, free slack and critical path
1. Project Management Planning: Process & Tools
In this lesson, we'll learn about project management planning. We'll look at some steps involved in planning a process, as well as explore some valuable tools when planning a project.
2. PERT Analysis & Project Completion
Time-based decision methods are used a great deal when a manager or company looks at a time-based project. To ensure the project can be done on time, managers use PERT analysis, a tool for estimating the time it will take to complete a project. This lesson will outline PERT and help you to understand how it is used to predict time based projects.
3. The Project Team and Work Breakdown Structure
A work breakdown structure helps divide a project into smaller, more manageable parts that can then be assigned based on importance and priority. In this lesson, we'll learn about the project team and work breakdown structure.
4. Total Slack, Critical Path & Free Slack Project Scheduling
In this lesson you will learn about project scheduling and how to include items such as total slack, critical path, and free slack. You will also learn the outputs of schedule planning.
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