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JennaJenna BuettnerThread:Dempsey ­ Week 11 ­ Question # 1 ­ Critical PathPost:Dempsey ­ Week 11 ­ Question # 1 ­ Critical PathAuthor:Posted Date:February 24, 2016 10:54 AMStatus:PublishedWilliam Dempsey
3/6/2016Collection – MBA675­T303 Operations & Logistics in the (...4/28(Post is Read)1. Students are sometimes confused by the concept of critical path and want to believethat it is the shortest path through a network. Convincingly explain why this is not so.Provide an example illustrating this.As our readings this week would indicate, the critical path is not the shortestpath through the network, but in fact it is the complete opposite. It is the longestpath through the network. As the book explains “the critical path defines thecompletion time of the project” (Krajewski). In my view the critical path is evenmore than just the longest path. The critical path items are ones that will delaythe project if they are delayed. That is one reason they are determined to becritical. When a project manager is looking to bring the project in on time, or toget it back on track if there have already been delays, the first thing to review isthe critical path items. In many cases there is just no way to reduce the timeneeded for a critical path item, but if they want to shorten the project, thecritical path is the place to start. I was on a software install project one timewhere new hardware was required. This was mandatory as the software wouldnot run on the existing hardware. The ordering of the hardware required 12weeks lead time. The customer could not do a whole lot until they got thehardware. Management wanted to bring in the implementation date and thebest place to start was to escalate the hardware order. This was done and thehardware was delivered in 8 weeks instead of 12, so they immediately gained 4weeks. The entire project plan needed to be revised, but this critical step wasreduced, helping to shorten the overall timeline.Thread:Dempsey ­ Week 11 ­ Question # 1 ­ Critical PathPost:RE: Dempsey ­ Week 11 ­ Question # 1 ­ CriticalPathAuthor:Posted Date:February 24, 2016 10:54 AMStatus:Publishedincluding references:References:Krajewski, L., Malhorta, M. & Ritzman, L. (2016).Operations Management:Processes and Supply Chains, Eleveth Edition. Pearson Education, New York,NY.William Dempsey
3/6/2016Collection – MBA675­T303 Operations & Logistics in the (...5/28(Post is Read)Thread:Dempsey ­ Week 11 ­ Question # 1 ­ Critical PathPost:RE: Dempsey ­ Week 11 ­ Question # 1 ­ CriticalPathAuthor:Posted Date:February 29, 2016 9:28 PMStatus:Published(Post is Read)Very nice example with the hardware order. It was a great way to illustrate theimportance of the critical path.

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