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Critical Path in agile project

First off, if I can recommend, call them interations. Sprint is a specific branded name for a Scrum iteration. Iteration is a more generic term used in agile and other lifecycles. You're doing your ...
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How do I identify critical path in MS Project?

Standard Answer: 1. Check the "Critical Tasks" box in the Bar Styles group of the Format ribbon. That will enable the red bars on the bar chart. OR 2. Apply the built-in "Critical" filter in the Data ...
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How can my PERT diagram take account of my resources?

This video shows how to organize the problem with a table, and proposes a simple greedy slack based heuristic solution: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AJ73qxZtsI This page http://www....
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critical chain project management

If we go back to PMBoK basics, the definition in the 5th edition is is: Critical Chain Method: A schedule method that allows the project team to place buffers on any project schedule path to ...
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Critical Path Method (CPM) algorithm

On the backward pass the latest possible completion time of job 5 is 26 You can see another example on the PMI site - Understanding the basics of CPM calculations Forward pass: For the earliest ...
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time management

if the distribution of duration values is symmetrical (+- sigma), then the expected value will be the actual estimate without this variance, so you can use it simply for critical path estimation. if ...
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How to show secondary and tertiary critical path in MS Project?

Sure there is. Temporarily apply a deadline date to the Project Complete milestone. Choose a date that is drastically far behind (maybe a year behind) the milestone's current finish date. This ...
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What is the "critical path" when drawing an activity-on-node network diagram that doesn't converge?

Project Management Answer Analysis The critical path is, by definition, the longest path between two nodes. Wikipedia says (emphasis and italics mine): CPM calculates the longest path of planned ...
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Why in PERT the activities duration follows a Beta distribution

This is interesting. If you follow best practices for defining distinct activities to be estimated and tracked, then I think they really do meet these conditions. every event is independent by the ...
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How to solve the project network diagram

Why Test Questions and Homework Questions Like This Are Bad In general, the only "correct" answer is the one that your teacher (or the test designer) says is correct. Your question is a great example ...
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Critical Path in agile project

Try to plan a few iterations up front, so you can reduce delays that are caused by not finding out / addressing points in time. As a general rule, You must see all the tasks that will be necessary ...
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Activity on Arrow diagram: simplification allowed when sequence is predecessor of next node

I'm going to go the other route from the existing Answer and ask: What useful information does the first diagram have that the second does not? Going by the law of transitivity, if C implies D and D ...
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Start and End node in Critical Path Calculation

Yes, adding start and finish milestones to the network is correct. (Calling them "dummy nodes" is unconventional, as that term is usually reserved for activity-on-arrow diagrams.) You might want to ...
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Are all nodes in Activity-on-Arrow diagrams milestones?

TL;DR What if I need to show several activities like a1, a2 and at the end of a2 there is a milestone? In activity-on-node (AoN), you'd be looking for the concept of "virtual nodes." Standard ...
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Are all nodes in Activity-on-Arrow diagrams milestones?

In an Activity-on-Arrow diagram, all of the nodes represent a specific achievement in a project with zero duration. A milestone is also an achievement in a project that doesn't impact duration. It's ...
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Project crashing

There's a great article on project crashing in PMI that addresses your concerns. ... In practice the most common requirement for project re-planning calculations concern time and cost. ...
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What's the term for duration minus drag in CPA?

A.L. Steve Devaux here. It's an interesting question that I've never thought about! Tom Boyle (who pointed me here) suggests “critical concurrent duration”, which is pretty good. I think "multipath ...
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How do I identify critical path in MS Project?

The red line in the Gantt chart usually identifies the critical path.
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Activity on Arrow diagram: simplification allowed when sequence is predecessor of next node

First I'd adjust the length of the arrows to the length of the task. At least that's the way I'm using it. Ad your question: You are not required to use dummy activities. But I'd chose to do so. ...
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How to show critical path INCLUDING completed tasks (in MS Project 2010)

You are describing something like an as-built critical path, which is not easily created even in the best of circumstances. MSP sets the Critical flag based on total slack, but total slack becomes ...
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Why in PERT the activities duration follows a Beta distribution

Estimation, like a lot of things in the PM world is both an art and a science. PERT is a good rule of thumb, but it is just a place to start. For some projects I've seen estimates use (opt. time + ...
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What are the known problems with the Critical Path Method?

If you do not know or understand your critical path in your schedule, then you are not managing your schedule. I have not seen anything else take its place so, as far as I know, CPM is still a ...
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How can my PERT diagram take account of my resources?

The CPM schedule as defined is not achievable due to resource over-allocation. A "critical path" definition for an unrealistic schedule is fiction. Assuming you are using one of the conventional ...
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WBS and PERT diagram

Your network diagram should show all leaf level WBS elements in the sequence as indicated in your work logic. So milestones would be included. You may not show the phase necessarily but if you ...
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WBS and PERT diagram

Early versions of PERT diagrams had "PERT Events" that were all milestones or gates with task information embedded in the arrows. This has changed over the years but most PERT charts I have seen "in ...
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Critical Path Analysis

While recognising that this is an exam question, this type of situation is common in many projects, especially where dependencies are identified and entered into the plan at different stages in the ...
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Critical Path Analysis

If it is an exam question, then it stands to reason that it is intentionally confusing. Simplifications such as applying the Law of Transitivity are intentionally avoided. That being said, it is not ...
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Two activities generate two activities? (Network diagram)

Try to give it a real life situation and it will make sense to you. When you make dinner, it's ready at 7:00. One person may use your output at 7:10, and another person at 7:30, the second person ...
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Earned Schedule results versus Critical Path and Finish Variance results

Generally speaking, I've found more complex models to be more difficult to "get right". Unless you are willing to spend the time to customize a complex model, the fact that more variables are being ...
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Items which feed critical path activities

Few thoughts: If Activity A is part of the project plan, it can be also on the critical path. Please refer your network diagram and also check what is the dependency between Activity A & B. Is it ...
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