Network Analysis on a Microcomputer

Heap, John P.
November 1986
Management Services;Nov86, Vol. 30 Issue 11, p18
Most people involved within management services will have come across the use of project network management techniques either within their work or as part of their training. Most people are familiar with the concepts involved although few use networks as an integral part of their work. Using network techniques to plan and control a large project involves a basic series of steps. In practice, with a large network, the updating and re-analysis of a large network may be so time consuming that results are out of date by the time they can be produced. Thus the network becomes useful as an initial planning medium but often ineffective as a control mechanism. This updating and re-analysis phase is the major strength of the computerized network analysis packages. When the project is underway, the package will allow one to enter details of the current date and of the progress of activities and will then reanalyze the network to show the effects on float values and possibly on project completion. Because the computer produces these updated analyses very quickly, it is possible to take corrective action much more quickly in the event of the project falling behind its scheduled dates.


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