Amacom - Modern Project Management (Ocr) - 2001 ! - (By Laxxuss)

This expansion in the size of the example project

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Unformatted text preview: m Chapter 2 that, while the WBS hierarchy that was entered into the example project database was complete, not all the tasks for all the work packages in that hierarchy were entered. This was intended to keep the data input simple at that time so that we could get on with the other topics of project management. Now that we have finished the core chapters on what project management is and how the Modern Project toolset supports it, we have the leisure to go back and tie up some of the loose ends. It is difficult to get a realistic idea of what project reporting consists of on a real-world project with such a small example. It may also be difficult to visualize the difference in views, since TE Team-Fly® AM FL Y Page 137 the different views are seen in the reports (the views essentially reorganize the reports). We now complete the model project by entering more data. The additional data will specify the additional tasks required to complete the project as well as the associated cost, status, and variance data. This expansion in the size of the example project data will give us a better realization of project reporting and also allow us to better visualize the different views in the project reports. In order to save you the effort of entering all this new data, another example database has been included on the electronic medium provided with this book that has this new data in it. This database is titled exampleChapt6.mde since it is a copy of how the example project database should look at the end of Chapter 6. You will want to start using this database from now on. Figure 6-1 shows the additional tasks added to the example database. You will notice from Figure 6-1 that schedule dates are also specified for each new task. You may be wondering where these quantity and man-hour budgets and schedule dates came from, since we have not yet discussed quantification, sequencing, estimating, and scheduling of these new tasks. For the time being, you should just assume that all these activities were done and that Figure 6-1 represents the result of these activities. In Section 6.3 we discuss the estimating assumptions for these new tasks. In Chapter 7 we discuss how the new schedule was arrived at, including how to prepare work -sequencing charts and project schedules using Microsoft Project. Now that we have completed the task list, we have man-hour budgets for work packages that extend further out in time. Consequently, we should obtain an updated copy of the project baseline. Recall that the baseline chart can be displayed by clicking on the Baseline Chart button on the Main Menu for the Modern Project system. When you do this you should get a display that looks like Figure 6-2. Page 138 Figure 6-1. Additional tasks added to the example project database. 6.2— The Expanded Cost Accounts After the Task List was completed, we expanded the cost accounts for the work packages that were not completed earlier. Figure 6-3 shows the additional cost accounts that were added to the example databas...
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