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Evaluate application of project management techniques in terms of the firm’s business operational goals and requirements.

Deliverable Length:  2-3 pages

McGee Carpet and Trim installs carpets in commercial offices. Andrea McGee has been very concerned with the amount of time it took to complete several recent jobs. Some of her workers are very unreliable. A list of activities and their optimistic completion time, the most likely completion time, and the pessimistic completion time (all in days) for a new contract are provided in a given table. Following are the activities that are required to install the carpets in the offices:

  • Activity 1: Measure office room dimensions
  • Activity 2: Estimate cost
  • Activity 3: Material requisition
  • Activity 4: Workforce requisition
  • Activity 5: Special tool requisition
  • Activity 6: Installation
  • Activity 7: Inspection and customer acceptance

Activity 2 starts immediately after Activity 1. Activity 3, Activity 4, and Activity 5 start concurrently after Activity 2. Activity 6 does not start until after Activity 3, Activity 4, and Activity 5 are completed. The carpet installation project is complete after Activity 7 is completed. If OT = Optimistic Time, MT = Most Likely Time, and PT = Pessimistic Time, use a Program Evaluation Review Estimate (PERT) to compute the statistical time for each activity, as in the following table:

Activities

OT

MT

PT

Activity 1

4

6

14

Activity 2

5

12

16

Activity 3

7

15

23

Activity 4

13

16

28

Activity 5

17

20

35

Activity 6

20

32

50

Activity 7

5

6

13

You must also do the following:

  • Determine the expected completion time and the variance for each activity
  • Determine the total project completion time and the critical path for the project
  • Determine Early Start (ES), Early Finish (EF), Late Start (LS), and slack for each activity
  • What is the probability that McGee Carpet and Trim will finish the project in 40 days or less?
  • Define project management and the necessary requirements.
  • Analyze implications of changes in project scheduling.
  • Evaluate application of project management techniques in terms of the firm’s business operational goals and requirements.

Please submit your assignment in an APA-formatted paper.

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  • Title page: Remember the running head. The title should be in all capitals.
  • Abstract: A summary of your paper, not an introduction. Begin writing in third-person voice.
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  • Reference page: References that align with your in-body academic sources are listed on the final page of your paper. The references must be in APA format using appropriate spacing, hang indention, italics, and upper- and lowercase usage as appropriate for the type of resource used. Remember, the Reference Page is not a bibliography but a further listing of the abbreviated in-body citations used in the paper. Every referenced item must have a corresponding in-body citation.

Individual Project Rubric

Grading Criteria Percentage
Deliverable requirements addressed; understanding of material and writer’s message and intent are clear. 35%
Scholarly research which supports writer’s position properly acknowledged and cited direct quotations may not exceed 10% of the word count of the body of the assignment deliverable (excluded title page, abstract or table of contents if used, tables, exhibits, appendices, and reference page(s). Inclusion of plagiarized content will not be tolerated and may result in adverse academic consequences. 20%
Critical thinking: Position is well-justified; logical flow; examples provided where appropriate. 20%
Structure: Includes introduction and conclusion; proper paragraph format; reads as a polished academic paper or professional presentation, as appropriate for the required assignment deliverable. 10%
Mechanical: No spelling, grammatical, or punctuation errors. 10%
APA: Deliverable is cited properly according to the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.). 5%

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