Subject: Business    / Management
Question

Project:

You are the assistant project manager to Rassy Brown, who is in charge of the Nightingale project. Nightingale was the code name given to the development of a handheld electronic medical reference guide. Nightingale would be designed for emergency medical technicians and paramedics who need a quick reference guide to use in emergency situations.

Situation:

Rassy and her project team were developing a project plan aimed at producing 30 working models in time for MedCON, the biggest medical equipment trade show each year. Meeting the MedCON October 25 deadline was critical to success. All the major medical equipment manufacturers demonstrated and took orders for new products at MedCON. Rassy had also heard rumors that competitors were considering developing a similar product, and she knew that being first to market would have a significant sales advantage. Besides, top management made funding contingent upon developing a workable plan for meeting the MedCON deadline.

The project team spent the morning working on the schedule for Nightingale. They started with the WBS and developed the information for a network, adding activities when needed. Then the team added the time estimates they had collected for each activity. Following is the preliminary information for activities with duration time and predecessors: (please see the attached file for the preliminary information)

Project Question:

Using any project network computer program available can you develop a schedule for activities noting late and early times, the critical path, and the estimated completion for the project?

Question:

Is the “critical path” up to interpretation? Or is there data that actually defines those critical tasks?

Project Question:

Prepare a short memo that addresses the following questions:

1. Will the project meet the October 25th deadline as planned?

2. What activities lie on the critical path?

3. How sensitive is this network?

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