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Chapter 5: Case: Product Design Project (page 164). Answer all six questions in the textbook. You must use a project network analysis to answer these questions.
1. Q: Draw a project network that includes all the activities.
2.Q: Calculate the start and finish times for each activity and determine the minimum number of weeks for completing the project. Find the activities that are on the critical path for completing the project in the shortest time
3. Q: Identify slack in the activities not on the project critical path
4. Q: You have been asked to study the impact of making two changes to how the project is organized. The first change involves using dedicated teams that would work strictly in parallel on the activities in each sub-project. For example, in subproject P (product specifications) the team would work on P1, P2, P3, and P4 all in parallel. In other words, there would be no precedence relationships within a subproject—all tasks within a subproject would be worked on at the same time and each would take the same amount of time as originally specified. With this new design, all the subprojects would be done sequentially with P done first, then S, D, I, and finally V. What would be the expected impact on how long it would take to complete the project if this change were made?
Q: The second change to consider would be to select the suppliers during subproject P and have them work directly with the dedicated teams as described in step 4. This would involve adding an additional activity to subproject P called supplier selection and contract negotiation (P5) with a duration of 12 weeks. This new activity would be done in parallel with P1, P2, P3, and P4. Subprojects S and V would be eliminated from the project. What would be the expected impact on how long it would take to complete the project if this additional change were made?
Q: Evaluate the impact of making these changes using criteria other than just the time to complete the project. Do you think it would be best to try to make these changes in how the firm runs this and future cell phone design projects?
Title: Operations and Supply Chain Management: The Core
Authors: Robert Jacobs and Richard Chase
Publisher: McGraw Hill Education
You are to work alone to analyze and prepare answers/solutions for the following questions and/or case studies.
The text should be your primary source of information for this assignment.
Note: Do not copy answers from other internet sites. It is plagiarism when you use another person’s answers rather than preparing your own submission. Park University maintains a university license agreement for an online text matching service called Turnitin. This tool may be used to evaluate the originality of student papers in this course. Other services and techniques may also be applied to evaluate your work for evidence of appropriate authorship practices as needed.
Consolidate your response into one file for submission.