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Conveyor Belt Project Part 1 Project Description The new computer-controlled conveyor belt is an exciting project that moves and positions items on the conveyor belt within <1 millimeter. The project will produce a new system for future installations, and for replacement of those in the field, at a low cost. The computer-controlled conveyor belt has the potential to be a critical unit in 30 percent of the systems installed in factories. The new system is also easier to update with future technologies. The Project Priority Matrix for the Conveyor Belt Project (CBP) is: Time Scope Cost Constrain X Enhance X Accept X Table A2.9 has been developed for you to use in completing the project exercises. TABLE A2.9 Conveyor Belt Project; WBS Conveyor Belt Project Hardware Hardware specifications Hardware design Hardware documentation Prototypes Order circuit boards Assemble preproduction models Operating system Kernel specifications Drivers Disk drivers Serial I/O drivers Memory management Operating system documentation Network interface Utilities Utilities specifications Routine utilities Complex utilities Utilities documentation Shell System integration Architectural decisions Integration first phase System hard/software test Project documentation Integration acceptance testing Assignment Develop the WBS outline using the software available to you. Question Does this information (WBS) allow you to define any milestones of the project? Why or why not? What are they? Remember: Save your file for future exercises! Part 2 Use your file from Part 1 and the information provided below to complete this exercise. (See Table A2.10 .) TABLE A2.10 Conveyor Belt Project; Schedule ActivityDescription Resource Duration (days) Preceding Activity 1 Architectural decisions Design 25 — 2 Hardware specifications Development, design 50 1 3 Kernel specifications Design 20 1 4 Utilities specifications Development, design 15 1 5 Hardware design Design, development 70 2 6 Disk drivers Assembly, development 100 3 7 Memory management Development 90 3 8 Operating system documentation Design, documentation 25 3 9 Routine utilities Development 60 4 10 Complex utilities Development 80 4 11 Utilities documentation Documentation, design 20 4 12 Hardware documentation Documentation, design 30 5 13 Integration first phase Assembly, development 50 6,7,8,9,10,11,12 14 Prototypes Assembly, development 80 13 15 Serial I/O drivers Development 130 13 16 System hard/software test Assembly 25 14,15 17 Order circuit boards Purchasing 5 16 18 Network interface Development 90 16 19 Shell Development 60 16 20 Project documentation Documentation, development 50 16 21 Assemble preproduction modelsAssembly, development 30 17F-S, lag 50 days 22 Integrated acceptance testing Assembly, development 60 18,19,20,21 Note: F-S refers to a Finish-to-Start lag. 1. Each work package will represent an activity. 2. The project begins January 4. 3. The following holidays are observed: January 1, Memorial Day (last Monday in May), July 4th, Labor Day (first Monday in September), Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November), December 25 and 26. 4. If a holiday falls on a Saturday then Friday will be given as an extra day off, and if it falls on a Sunday, then Monday will be given as a day off. 5. The project teams work eight-hour days, Monday through Friday. Warning: Experience has taught students to frequently make separate backup files for each exercise. The software is never as friendly as users expect! Construct a network schedule for the conveyor belt project and prepare a memo that addresses the following questions: 1. When is the project estimated to be completed? How long will the project take? 2. What is the critical path(s) for the project? 3. Which activity has the greatest amount of slack? 4. How sensitive is this network? 5. Identify two sensible milestones and explain your choices. 6. Compare the advantages/disadvantages of displaying the schedule as a network versus a Gantt chart. Include the following printouts: · A Gantt chart. · A network diagram highlighting the critical path. · A schedule table reporting ES, LS, EF, LF, and slack for each activity. Hint: the project should be completed in 530 days. Remember: Save your file for future exercises!

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Conveyor Belt Project Memo

1. Does this information (WBS) allow you to define any milestones of the project? Why or why not? What are they?

Information provided from the WBS is not containing enough details in order for the project team to define any milestones for the Conveyor Belt project specifically. The information from the WBS could be misinterpreted, without the scope of the project, or some project charter document. In other words, simple list of tasks, even grouped and showed through WBS diagram, is not enough for defining and making any kind of commitment for the project milestones. Clear context is required. This provided WBS could be used, but only as a starting point, and following information is required for the team to define project milestones:...

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