Create essential planning documents for a new hybrid handheld game console project by using the MS Project software
Background of the project
You are appointed by a large computer manufacturer as a project manager to take charge of one of their new projects. The project is to design a new hybrid handheld game console which combines a tablet PC and a game console. The design team has already produce a work breakdown structure (WBS) report which includes all the key activities. The phase you are in right now is to plan the project schedule and calculate the subsequent project duration.
Table 1 includes all the key activities required in the project, the duration of each activity (in weeks), and resources (in number of persons). All the activities are related on the basis of ‘Finish-Start’ dependencies unless otherwise specified. This means the preceding activity must be fully completed before the following activity can be started.
Use Microsoft Project to create an activity-on-node precedence network consisting of the activities included in the project (Table 1). You need to indicate the starting and finishing times, floats and other information concerning the activities in the network.
Then calculate the shortest possible duration for the project, and identify the critical path in the project network.
You also need to produce a Gantt-chart corresponding to the shortest duration for the project, and mark the floats of the activities in the chart.
Produce a preliminary resource diagram (as a histogram with time on the x-axis) so that it indicates the resources consumed by single activities.
In order to estimate the resources required for the project, you are told that you will be given the most 10 staff at any one time to work on your project. An assumption is made that all staff can do any task given to them.
Level the resources according to the above limitation so that the activities are started as early as possible. Draw an updated resource diagram, where the required changes can be seen. Notice that tasks cannot be broken into pieces or stretched out to a longer period.
Produce a new Gantt chart that corresponds to the resource usage described in the new resource diagram, that is possible to realise and it describes the shortest possible duration for the project.
Comment what happened to the duration of the entire project. How does the resource constraint change your perception of the criticality of the activities in the new Gantt chart? (Although not required, you may, if you wanted to, add some recommendations based on your analysis).
Part B – Precedence network diagrams
For the project given in this section:
- Produce a PERT network diagram (use activity on node convention).
- Then run the forward pass and backward pass in order to fill in all the required information for the task in accordance with the given format.
- Identify the critical path for the given project.
Produce a PERT diagram for the following project. Then fill in all the information (as format below) for the task using the forward and backward pass. Also identify the critical path.