Topics: Project management, Work breakdown structure, Critical path method Pages: 4 (864 words) Published: November 27, 2012

The Maser is a new custom-designed sports car. An analysis of the task of building the Maser reveals the following list of relevant activities, their immediate predecessors, and their duration.

Time (days)
AStart --- 0
COrder special accessoriesB0.1
DBuild frameB1
EBuild doorsB1
FAttach axles, wheels, gas tankD1
GBuild body shellB2
HBuild transmission and drivetrainB3
IFit doors to body shellG, E1
JBuild engine B4
KBench-test engineJ2
LAssemble chassisF, H, K1
MRoad-test chassisL0.5
NPaint bodyI2
OInstall wiringN1
PInstall interiorN1.5
QAccept delivery of special accessoriesC5
RMount body and accessories on chassisM, O, P, Q1
SRoad test carR0.5
TAttach exterior trimS1

a)Draw a network diagram for the project.

b)Mark the critical path and state its length.

c)If the Maser has to be completed 2 days earlier, would it help to i.Buy preassembled transmissions and drivetrains?
ii.Install robots to halve engine-building time?
iii.Speed delivery of special accessories by 3 days?

d)How might resources be borrowed from activities on the non-critical path to speed activities on the critical path?


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