QSO 680 Module 5 Short Paper

Follow the instructions given in the Overview and Video Tutorials to complete Part 3 and Part 4 of the Conveyor Belt Project in Appendix 2 of the text book.

  • Open the Conveyor Belt Project file for the homework in the last module.
  • Open a Word document for this week’s homework.

Part 3A

  • After creating the resource pool, copy the screen image of Resource Sheet and paste into the Word document.
  • After assigning resources, copy the screen image of the data entry screen and paste into the Word document.
  • After time-constrained scheduling, copy the screen image of Resource Sheet and paste into the Word document. The Resource Sheet should show the resources that over-allocated.
  • After resource-constrained scheduling, copy the screen image of Resource Sheet and paste into the Word document. The Resource Sheet should show the resources that over-allocated.

Part 3B

  • After adding the two internal development teams and doing time-constrained resource scheduling, copy the screen image of Resource Sheet and paste into the Word document. The Resource Sheet should show the resources that over-allocated.
  • After adding the two external development teams and doing time-constrained resource scheduling, copy the screen image of Resource Sheet and paste into the Word document. The Resource Sheet should show the resources are no longer over-allocated.
  • After generating the Cashflow report, copy the screen image and paste in to the Word document. Change time scale to months.
  • Answer all the questions given in Part 3 (five questions from Part 3A and three questions from Part 3B) and Part 4 (all questions). Submit your answers along with the screen shots as listed above as Appendices to the instructor through the Assignment tab on the Blackboard for evaluation.

In addition to the general instructions included in the Overview of this topic, you might find the following notes helpful in doing the Conveyor Belt homework.

Part 3A Notes

  • Enter resource names from Table A2.12. For “Assembly/Test” enter “Assembly” for consistency with Table A2.11.
  • Enter one team as 100% and two teams as 200% under Maximum Units.

Part 3B Notes

  1. Add the two internal development teams for a total of four internal development teams to the resource pool. Level within the available slack (to complete the project within 530 days). If no resources are over-allocated, you have achieved your objective of completing the project in 530 days at the minimum cost. If any resources are still over-allocated, go to the next step.
  2. Add the two external development teams as “DevelopmentX” to the resource pool. The external development teams are added as “DevelopmentX” since they are paid at a higher standard rate ($100 per hour). Identify the resources and the activities that are over-allocated through the Resource Usage view by scrolling horizontally. Make a note of the activities.
  3. Select the shortest activity from the over-allocated activities from the previous step and change the resource assigned from Development to “DevelopmentX”. Level within the available slack (to complete the project within 530 days). If no resources are over-allocated, you have achieved your objective of completing the project in 530 days at the minimum cost. Otherwise, identify the resources and the activities that are over-allocated through the Resource Usage view by scrolling horizontally. Make a note of the activities.
  4. Repeat step the previous step until no resources are over-allocated, and you have achieved your objective of completing the project within 530 days at the minimum cost.
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