pjm380 mod3 critical thinking 4 5 page apa essay and cited references

Critical Thinking Assignment (130 Points)

Required

Recommended

Fister Gale, S. (2016). Making the case: business-case templates give project teams the direction they need to deliver the right project, right on time. PM Network, 30(6), 62–71. Retrieved from https://www.pmi.org/learning/library/making-case-business-templates-planning-10113
Orlando, D. (2013). Scope and stakeholder management: pain points, perils, and prosperity. Paper presented at PMI® Global Congress 2013—North America, New Orleans, LA. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute. Retrieved from https://www.pmi.org/learning/library/stakeholder-management-pain-points-perils-prosperity-5955
Van Gemert, D. (2013). Systems engineering the project. Paper presented at PMI® Global Congress 2013—North America, New Orleans, LA. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute. Retrieved from https://www.pmi.org/learning/library/systems-engineering-project-5857

Important! Read First
Choose one of the following two assignments to complete this week. Do not do both assignments. Identify your assignment choice in the title of your submission.
Option #1: Gantt and AON Diagram (Figure 6.4 in Project Management Toolbox)
Network diagramming is a logical, sequential process that requires you to consider the order in which activities should occur to schedule projects as efficiently as possible. Remember that all projects have predecessors, or activities, that must/should occur before the next step within a project plan can take place.
Using a project scheduling application, complete the following:

Construct a linked bar-chart and an AON diagram for the schedule shown in Figure 6.4 of the textbook. Your schedule must include activity relationships, too. Please note that a Gantt chart that shows activity relationships is called a linked bar-chart.
Then, insert your network diagrams as appendices in a one- to two-page paper, in the main body of which you identify the steps you took in creating the linked bar-chart and AON diagram.
Document your lessons learned.
In your narrative, also explain why the project calendar may impact the project end date.

Instruction for Use of Project Scheduling Applications
To complete this assignment, feel free to use any project scheduling software to which you have access. The Program does not mandate the use of a particular software application; therefore, you can use any application that has proper functionalities, including Microsoft Office products such as Excel. Here are some project scheduling software options:
1- Microsoft Project (Links to an external site.): If you choose this option, you need to purchase the application. Trial versions may be available for a limited time (less than 30 days) or might be not available at all. Lynda.com (Links to an external site.) includes many educational videos on Microsoft Project.
2- Primavera P6 (Links to an external site.): A trial or educational versions might be available. Please note, however, that the process of installing P6 is time consuming.
3- You also have the option to use ProjectLibre (Links to an external site.)as an open-source project scheduling application (preferred) or any of the open-source applications recommended at the following link: Top Five Desk Top Open Source Project Management Tools. (Links to an external site.)
4- To draw a precedence diagram only, you can use https://www.draw.io/ (Links to an external site.) (look for PERT under the Business category of charts)
Irrespective of the computer program you choose, instead of submitting the native files, you need to insert a snapshot of your work into your submission or convert what you’ve developed using the computer program to a PDF file, and incorporate that as an appendix to your submission.
Additional Instructions
Be sure to organize your writing properly and include the following:

Cover page
Introduction
Body of your work with headings and subheadings
Analysis and recommendations
Conclusion
List of references.

Consult the Sample Paper template (Links to an external site.) for more information on how to organize the paper.
Support your assignment with a minimum of three scholarly references. The CSU-Global library is a good place to locate these sources. The written section should follow the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA (Links to an external site.)
Option #2: Gantt and AON Diagram (Figure 6.1 in Project Management Toolbox)
Network diagramming is a logical, sequential process that requires you to consider the order in which activities should occur to schedule projects as efficiently as possible. Remember that all projects have predecessors, or activities, that must/should occur before the next step within a project plan can take place.
Using a project scheduling application, complete the following:

Construct a linked bar-chart and an AON diagram for the schedule shown in Figure 6.1 of the textbook. Your schedule must include activity relationships, too. Please note that a Gantt chart that shows activity relationships is called a linked bar-chart.
Then, insert your network diagrams as appendices in a one- to two-page paper, in the main body of which you identify the steps you took in creating the linked bar-chart and AON diagram.
Document your lessons learned.
In your narrative, also explain why the project calendar may impact the project end date.

Instruction for Use of Project Scheduling Applications
To complete this assignment, feel free to use any project scheduling software to which you have access. The Program does not mandate the use of a particular software application; therefore, you can use any application that has proper functionalities, including Microsoft Office products such as Excel. Here are some project scheduling software options:
1- Microsoft Project (Links to an external site.): If you choose this option, you need to purchase the application. Trial versions may be available for a limited time (less than 30 days) or might be not available at all. Lynda.com (Links to an external site.) includes many educational videos on Microsoft Project.
2- Primavera P6 (Links to an external site.): A trial or educational versions might be available. Please note, however, that the process of installing P6 is time consuming.
3- You also have the option to use ProjectLibre (Links to an external site.)as an open-source project scheduling application (preferred) or any of the open-source applications recommended at the following link: Top Five Desk Top Open Source Project Management Tools. (Links to an external site.)
4- To draw a precedence diagram only, you can use https://www.draw.io/ (Links to an external site.) (look for PERT under the Business category of charts)
Irrespective of the computer program you choose, instead of submitting the native files, you need to insert a snapshot of your work into your submission or convert what you’ve developed using the computer program to a PDF file, and incorporate that as an appendix to your submission.
Additional Instructions
Be sure to organize your writing properly and include the following:

Cover page
Introduction
Body of your work with headings and subheadings
Analysis and recommendations
Conclusion
List of references.

Consult the Sample Paper template (Links to an external site.) for more information on how to organize the paper.
Support your assignment with a minimum of three scholarly references. The CSU-Global library is a good place to locate these sources. The written section should follow the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA (Links to an external site.).
 
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