Required

Chapter 6 & 7 in Project Management: A Managerial Approach
Chapter 6 & 7 PowerPoints from Project Management: A Strategic Managerial Approach
Part 1, Chapters 5 & 11 and Part 2, Chapters 3 and 4 in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge

Recommended

Demirkesen, S., & Ozorhon, B. (2017). Impact of integration management on construction project management performance. International Journal of Project Management, 35(8), 1639-1654.
Eskerod, P., & Larsen, T. (2018). Advancing project stakeholder analysis by the concept ‘shadows of the context’. International Journal of Project Management, 36(1), 161-169.

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What are resource leveling and resource smoothing? Answer using your own words but citing current scholarly research. What is the impact to the critical path, and how is “float” used in leveling and smoothing resources? Give an example of leveling and smoothing resources on a project you know or can find through research.
Cite a minimum of two current (published in the most recent five-year period), credible references. The CSU-Global Library is a good place to find sources. Make sure to cite your sources following the CSU-Global Guide to Writing & APA (Links to an external site.).
Post a minimum of 150-250 words for initial discussion posts. Post a minimum of 100 words for each of your required two peer responses.

Professor’s initial post below:

Hello class,
Congratulations on making it through to week four! I am looking forward to working with you all in week 4.
First I want to thank the whole class for turning in solid participation and responses. You guys were great! Keep up the good work. I am expecting the same amount or better participation in week 4.
The required readings for Week 4 are the following:

Chapter 8 & 9 in Project Management: A Managerial Approach

Chapter 8 (Links to an external site.) & 9 (Links to an external site.) PowerPoints from Project Management: A Strategic Managerial Approach

Part 1, Chapters 6 & 9 in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (Links to an external site.)

Viswanathan, B. (2015, Apr 8). Understanding responsibility assignment matrix (RACI Matrix). Retrieved from http://project-management.com/understanding-responsibility-assignment-matrix-raci-matrix/ (Links to an external site.)

Learning outcomes for Module 04

Evaluate network techniques.
Integrate crashing a project.
Prescribe resource loading.
Assess resource leveling.

Learning outcomes for last week’s Module 03

Complete project planning.
Create a Work Breakdown Structure.
Organize the project life cycle.
Appraise risk treatment

Content
In Module 4, we identify and learn to apply PERT and CPM and we will see a network diagram of our tasks. The tools we use help us represent the important actions to complete the project and give us a way to communicate quickly with the team. We will also consider crashing and fast-tracking a project along with resource allocation.
Critical Thinking Assignment
In week 4, a critical thinking assignment is due. Choose one of the two assignments options to complete this week. Do not do both assignments. Identify your assignment choice in the title of your submission.

Review the rubric for the assignment so you would know how and what you are graded on.
Support your paper with a minimum of two current (published in the most recent five years) scholarly sources from the CSU-Global Library, in addition to any course textbooks or lecture material you decide to use.
Format your entire paper according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing & APA (Links to an external site.). (Links to an external site.)
Be clear, concise, and focused. Be sure to organize your writing properly and include an introduction; headings/subheadings for the body of your work; analysis and recommendations (if applicable); a conclusion; list of references; and an appendix.

Have a great week 4 and please reach out to me if you have any questions!
Best,

 
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