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Exercises

So your boss stops you in the hall and says, How's the project coming? How do you answer that? Do you know if tasks are behind schedule, and if so, which ones? Can you tell your boss which tasks are currently running overbudget, and by how much? Have you adjusted the plan for tasks that were interrupted? The following exercises will help you answer these questions. Begin by opening the file "New Product Hour 21. MPP." The solutions to the exercise can be found in the file "New Product Hour 21-Exercise.MPP."See the Introduction for instructions to access the sample files and solutions for these exercises on the book's Web page.

  1. Find out which tasks are currently scheduled to finish late by viewing the Slipping Tasks Report. Which tasks are showing a positive Finish Variance?

  2. Some tasks are currently overbudget; that is, they are costing more than originally planned. View the Overbudget Tasks Report to find the cost overrun tasks. Are these tasks overbudget because of an increase in fixed costs or in resource costs?

  3. At your last team meeting, you learned that Task 13 will be interrupted while the resource is on another task. Split Task 13 so that it resumes on 2/5/01.

  4. You also were informed that the entire Production Phase needs to be postponed until February 2, 2001. Update the plan to reflect the change. Display the Detail Gantt and find out how long you must delay hiring the assemblers (Task 17).


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