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CCPM using ProChain – a brief guide 1 Effort estimation and the critical chain identification The exercise is intended to familiarize students with the tool support for CCPM schedule development and tracking. As the starting point the output of exercise M3 is recommended (in case of M4 the baselines and progress information should cleared). The tool functions as a third-party extension to the MS Project. Managing the CCPM buffers using pure MS Project is also possible, but would involve relatively laborious updating of pseudo-tasks representing the buffers. Hence the dedicated add-on that would help us to: Rebuild the schedule considering the duration estimations (focus and safe variants), resource availability and buffers protecting the deadlines Critical chain identification Entering the project progress information Tracking the project through buffer management and reporting on the project status. 1.1 Building a CCPM schedule Make sure your project has a complete Resource Sheet . Here the cost dimension is not essential for the exercise, but let’s make sure that the resource availability (in %) is set. For best results with using the CCPM it is worth to assure the following: No redundant task interdependencies; No unnecessary calendar constraints (we may keep the default ASAP constraint) Mimimize (preferably to 1 or 2) the number of tasks with no successor. In CCPM the intermediate dates are only the forecasts and may undergo further changes. In case you revise the overall task interdependency structure, the ProChain Network view may be used.
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