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Project Description
The new computer-controlled conveyor belt is an exciting project that moves and
positions items on the conveyor belt within ,1 millimeter. The project will produce a new system for future installations, and for replacement of those in the
field, at a low cost. The computer-controlled conveyor belt has the potential to be
a critical unit in 30 percent of the systems installed in factories. The new system is
also easier to update with future technologies.
The Project Priority Matrix for the Conveyor Belt Project (CBP) is:
Time Scope Cost
Constrain X
Enhance X
Accept X
Table A2.9 has been developed for you to use in completing the project exercises.
Develop the WBS outline using the software available to you.
Does this information (WBS) allow you to define any milestones of the project?
Why or why not? What are they?
Remember: Save your file for future exercises!

Part 2
Use your file from Part 1 and the information provided below to complete this
exercise. (See Table A2.10.)
1. Each work package will represent an activity.
2. The project begins January 4, 2010.
3. The following holidays are observed: January 1, Memorial Day (last Monday
in May), July 4th, Labor Day (first Monday in September), Thanksgiving Day
(4th Thursday in November), December 25 and 26.
4. If a holiday falls on a Saturday then Friday will be given as an extra day off,
and if it falls on a Sunday, then Monday will be given as a day off.
5. The project teams work eight-hour days, Monday through Friday.
Warning: Experience has taught students to frequently make separate backup files
for each exercise. The software is never as friendly as users expect!
Construct a network schedule for the conveyor belt project and prepare a memo
that addresses the following questions:
1. When is the project estimated to be completed? How long will the project take?
2. What is the critical path(s) for the project?
3. Which activity has the greatest amount of slack?
4. How sensitive is this network?
5. Identify two sensible milestones and explain your choices.
6. Compare the advantages/disadvantages of displaying the schedule as a network
versus a Gantt chart.
Conveyor Belt Project
Hardware Hardware specifications
Hardware design
Hardware documentation
Order circuit boards
Assemble preproduction models
Operating system Kernel specifications
Disk drivers
Serial I/O drivers
Memory management
Operating system documentation
Network interface
Utilities Utilities specifications
Routine utilities
Complex utilities
Utilities documentation
System integration Architectural decisions
Integration first phase
System hard/software test
Project documentation
Integration acceptance testing
Include the following printouts:
• A Gantt chart.
• A network diagram highlighting the critical path.
• A schedule table reporting. ES, LS, EF, LF, and slack for each activity.
Hint: the project should be completed in 530 days.
Remember: Save your file for future exercises!
Part 3
Remember the old saying, “A project plan is not a schedule until resources are
committed.” This exercise illustrates this subtle, but very important, difference.
Part A
Using your files from Part 2 input resources and their costs if you have not already
done so. All information is found in Tables A2.10 and A2.11.
Name Group Cost ($/hr)
Design R&D (2 teams) $100
Development R&D (2 teams) 70
Documentation R&D (1 team) 60
Assembly/test R&D (1 team) 70
Purchasing Procurement (1 team) 40
Prepare a memo that addresses the following questions:
1. Which if any of the resources are overallocated?
2. Assume that the project is time constrained and try to resolve any overallocation problems by leveling within slack. What happens?
3. What is the impact of leveling within slack on the sensitivity of the network?
Include a Gantt chart with the schedule table after leveling within slack.
4. Assume the project is resource constrained and resolve any overallocation
problems by leveling outside of slack. What happens? What are the managerial
5. What options are available at this point in time?
Include a Gantt chart with the schedule table after leveling outside of slack.
Note: No splitting of activities is allowed.
Note: No partial assignments (e.g., 50 percent). All resources must be assigned
100 percent.
Part B
When you show the resource-constrained network to top management, they are
visibly shaken. After some explanation and negotiation they make the following
compromise with you:
• The project must be completed no later than February 2, 2012 (530 days).
• You may assign two additional development teams.
• If this does not suffice, you may hire other development teams from the outside. Hire as few external teams as possible because they cost $50 more per
hour than your inside development people.
Internal Development
Add as many development units (teams) as needed to stay within the 530 days. If
you need more than two internal development units, then hire as few external
teams as necessary. Select the cheapest possibility! Change as few activities as possible. It is recommended you keep work packages which require cooperation of
several organizational units inside your company. You decide how best to do this.
Hint: Undo leveling prior to adding new resources.
Once you have obtained a schedule that meets the time and resource constraints, prepare a memo that addresses the following questions:
1. What changes did you make and why?
2. How long will the project take?
3. How did these changes affect the sensitivity of the network?
Include a Gantt chart with a schedule table presenting the new schedule.
Part 4
Based on the file created at the end of Part 3, prepare a memo that addresses the
following questions:
1. How much will the project cost?
2. What does the cash flow statement tell you about how costs are distributed over
the life span of the project?
Include a monthly cash flow and a cost table for the project.
Once you are confident that you have the final schedule, save the file as a
Hint: Save a backup file just in case without baseline!

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