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  • Fikru Tamene Ethiopia what type of tool is best to control or measure projects?
    2014-08-28 12:08:02

  • Omar Abdikarim Switzerland How does a GANTT chart differ from a PERT diagram?
    2014-08-21 20:08:03

    • George Fragos Greece One of the key differences between a PERT chart and a Gantt chart is the way the information is presented. Gantt charts present information in the format of a bar chart. This presentation helps show the percentage of work completed for each task. PERT, on the other hand, displays information as a network model. This means that a PERT chart presents an initial node from which tasks branch out. This helps project managers visualize the sequence of tasks, as you cannot start on the next activity until the one preceding it is completed.
      2014-08-30 15:08:47
    • Yai Deng Yai South Sudan GANTT is used from the beginning oof project while PERT is almost of the end of the project.
      2014-08-24 12:08:35
  • Lukong Terence Cameroon does a successfull project execution mean that a Gantt chart was well respected ????
    2014-08-21 11:08:13

    • Yai Deng Yai South Sudan Exactly.
      2014-08-24 12:08:56
  • Rachel Broad De Garcia Chile What are the weaknesses of Gantt charts, thinking about the problems with the critical path? Are there any cases where projects have seriously failed due to only using Gantt and not using Critical path?
    2014-08-14 17:08:34

  • Saw Minyau Germany Are there any typical particulars in GANTT chart?
    2014-08-14 10:08:00

    • Yai Deng Yai South Sudan Yes it shows the shortest way on how the project can be implemented.
      2014-08-24 12:08:25
  • Je Rouse United Kingdom Do you put the budget onto the chart
    2014-08-07 15:08:42

    • Yai Deng Yai South Sudan The budget can be on it own spreadshet in excel, it can also be put on chart for presentation.
      2014-08-24 12:08:41
  • WAYNE MUNSON United Kingdom Does the GANTT update automatically or does the PM have to manually make changes.
    2014-08-03 09:08:14

    • Yai Deng Yai South Sudan The PM has to make changed manually in most cases.
      2014-08-24 12:08:31
  • Janvier Nyandamu Rwanda how gantt chart is construcetd for two activities which happen in the same time?
    2014-07-22 17:07:29

    • Yai Deng Yai South Sudan The two activities are put in the same row and column in the chart.
      2014-08-24 12:08:31
  • Faith Edamkue Nigeria k
    2014-07-22 14:07:30

  • Vikram Vasant Rotkar United Kingdom What is the objective of the quality review technique?
    2014-07-21 15:07:18

    • Yai Deng Yai South Sudan To ensure that predetermine quality is achieved.
      2014-08-24 12:08:31
  • Jones Hanungu Munang'andu Zambia Management Both during and after World War II the United States operated the largest and most advanced logistic system in the world. Its wartime operations stressed speed, volume, and risk-taking more than efficiency and economy. The postwar years, with accelerated technological change, skyrocketing costs, and diminished public interest in defense, brought a revulsion against military prodigality, manifested by calls for reduced defense budgets and a growing demand for more efficient management of the military establishment. This demand culminated in a thorough overhaul of the whole system in the 1960s. One result was the reorganization of logistic activities in the three military services, generally along functional lines, with large logistic commands operating under functional staff supervision. In each service, however, each major weapon system was centrally managed by a separate project officer, and central inventory control was maintained for large commodity groups. In 1961 a new defense supply agency was established to manage on a wholesale basis the procurement, storage, and distribution of common military supplies and the administration of certain common services. The most far-reaching managerial reforms of the period were instituted by the U.S. defense secretary, Robert S. McNamara (1961–68), in the resource allocation process. A unified defense planning–programming–budgeting system provided for five-year projections of force, manpower, and dollar requirements for all defense activities, classified into eight or nine major programs (such as strategic forces) that cut across the lines of traditional service responsibilities. The system was introduced in other federal departments after 1965, and elements of it were adopted by the British and other governments. In 1966 a program was inaugurated to integrate management accounting at the operating level with the programming–budgeting system. At the end of the 1960s a new administration restored some of the initiative in the planning–budgeting–programming cycle to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the military services. The reforms of the 1960s exploited the whole range of current managerial methodology. The basic techniques, such as systems and operations analysis, all stressed precise, scientific, usually quantitative formulations of problems and mathematical approaches to rational decision making. Systems analysis, the technique associated with defense planning and programming, was a method of economic and mathematical analysis useful in dealing with complex problems of choice under conditions of uncertainty. The technological foundation of this improved logistic management was the high-speed electronic computer, which was being used chiefly in inventory control; in automated operations at depots, bases, and stations; in transmitting and processing supply data; in personnel administration; and in command-and-control networks.
    2014-07-17 20:07:57

  • Jones Hanungu Munang'andu Zambia PERT and CPM Project managers frequently face the task of controlling projects that contain unknown and unpredictable factors. When the projects are not complex, bar charts can be used to plan and control project activities. These charts divide the project into discrete activities or tasks and analyze each task individually to indicate weekly manpower requirements. As the work goes forward, progress is charted and estimates are made on the effects of any delays or difficulties encountered during the completion of the project. In the mid-1950s more sophisticated methods of project planning and control were developed. Two systems based on a network portrayal of the activities that make up the project emerged at about the same time. PERT (Program Evaluation and Review Technique) was first used in the development of submarines capable of firing Polaris missiles. CPM (the Critical Path Method) was used to manage the annual maintenance work in an oil and chemical refinery. Many variations and extensions of the two original techniques are now in use, and they have proved particularly valuable for projects requiring the coordinated work of hundreds of separate contractors. The use of project planning and control techniques based on PERT or CPM are now common in all types of civil engineering and construction work, as well as for large developmental projects such as the manufacture of aircraft, missiles, space vehicles, and large mainframe computer systems.
    2014-07-17 20:07:33

  • Jones Hanungu Munang'andu Zambia PERT and CPM Project managers frequently face the task of controlling projects that contain unknown and unpredictable factors. When the projects are not complex, bar charts can be used to plan and control project activities. These charts divide the project into discrete activities or tasks and analyze each task individually to indicate weekly manpower requirements. As the work goes forward, progress is charted and estimates are made on the effects of any delays or difficulties encountered during the completion of the project. In the mid-1950s more sophisticated methods of project planning and control were developed. Two systems based on a network portrayal of the activities that make up the project emerged at about the same time. PERT (Program Evaluation and Review Technique) was first used in the development of submarines capable of firing Polaris missiles. CPM (the Critical Path Method) was used to manage the annual maintenance work in an oil and chemical refinery. Many variations and extensions of the two original techniques are now in use, and they have proved particularly valuable for projects requiring the coordinated work of hundreds of separate contractors. The use of project planning and control techniques based on PERT or CPM are now common in all types of civil engineering and construction work, as well as for large developmental projects such as the manufacture of aircraft, missiles, space vehicles, and large mainframe computer systems.
    2014-07-17 20:07:18

  • Jones Hanungu Munang'andu Zambia PERT and CPM Project managers frequently face the task of controlling projects that contain unknown and unpredictable factors. When the projects are not complex, bar charts can be used to plan and control project activities. These charts divide the project into discrete activities or tasks and analyze each task individually to indicate weekly manpower requirements. As the work goes forward, progress is charted and estimates are made on the effects of any delays or difficulties encountered during the completion of the project. In the mid-1950s more sophisticated methods of project planning and control were developed. Two systems based on a network portrayal of the activities that make up the project emerged at about the same time. PERT (Program Evaluation and Review Technique) was first used in the development of submarines capable of firing Polaris missiles. CPM (the Critical Path Method) was used to manage the annual maintenance work in an oil and chemical refinery. Many variations and extensions of the two original techniques are now in use, and they have proved particularly valuable for projects requiring the coordinated work of hundreds of separate contractors. The use of project planning and control techniques based on PERT or CPM are now common in all types of civil engineering and construction work, as well as for large developmental projects such as the manufacture of aircraft, missiles, space vehicles, and large mainframe computer systems.
    2014-07-17 20:07:55

  • Alexander Njoku Nigeria Can a GANTT chart give guide to the implementation stage?
    2014-07-17 14:07:17

  • Chibuike Anyanwu Nigeria How essential is the GANTT CHART ?
    2014-07-12 13:07:26

    • Yai Deng Yai South Sudan It is very much essential since it is the project management tool.
      2014-08-24 12:08:23
    • Safa Sheikh Ethiopia it is the timely implementation of the fast activities which also involved in the project implementation
      2014-07-16 14:07:31
    • Masauko Gwape Kanjirawaya Malawi GANTT chart assist in timely implementation of activeties. It also guide which activities are involved in the project
      2014-07-16 07:07:51
    • Chibuike Anyanwu Nigeria it is very essential in the sens that without this chart, you can't really coordinate the project effectively and efficiently
      2014-07-12 13:07:56
  • Ahmed Omar Mahad Somalia where can i get GANTT chart please ?
    2014-07-12 10:07:09

    • Je Rouse United Kingdom you can make you own chart using excel
      2014-08-07 15:08:53
    • Chibuike Anyanwu Nigeria you are expected to construct or prepare this GANTT chart before commencement of the project
      2014-07-12 13:07:18
  • Raymond Siwale Botswana why 10 days just to order.. is it realistic?
    2014-07-11 20:07:35

    • Yai Deng Yai South Sudan Yes because project are done within limited timeframe.
      2014-08-24 12:08:23
    • Chibuike Anyanwu Nigeria it's just an example, it must not necessarily be 10 days
      2014-07-12 13:07:40
  • fozia Essa Somalia more explain of GNATT chart?
    2014-07-11 11:07:40

    • Yai Deng Yai South Sudan Just as already highlighted.
      2014-08-24 12:08:13
    • Chibuike Anyanwu Nigeria GANTT is more like a work schedule were you outline in details your day to day activity as the project proceeds
      2014-07-12 13:07:09
  • Gregory Ngene Nigeria IS GANTT CHART THE SAME AS WORK SCHEDULE ?
    2014-07-07 14:07:25

    • Yai Deng Yai South Sudan somehow similar to it.
      2014-08-24 12:08:38
    • Chibuike Anyanwu Nigeria yes
      2014-07-12 13:07:29
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