# INTRODUCTION

As a project manager of Clean Insure Solutions, a software company providing software solutions for insurance brokers across Europe. With the task of launching a new product whose success will enhance my company s market share in Europe. Having acquainted myself with the requirement, I will set out by, first, creating a network diagram for job activities, calculating the critical path and float time and finally by developing the Responsibility Assignment Matrix. Planning and organizing is time well spent when managing a project Stanley E. Portny (www. Dummiess.com). The project schedule is broad and encompassing and need to be mastered by all members of staff and as well as the management team to effectively manage the project from the beginning to the end (Project Schedule Network Diagram- Project Management knowledge.com/definition). In En-sure plan, list of activities are identified with project duration and their dependencies. These must be put into consideration while creating a schedule network diagram from the activities, and predecessor task given.

FIGURE 1.0 A SCHEDULE NETWORK DIAGRAM FOR EN-SURE PROJECT PLAN

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The above schedule network diagram is a flowchart that illustrates the order in which EN-Sure activities will be performed. The nodes represent the activities while the arrows represent the relationships that exist between tasks. From the above diagram, the critical path and the float time can be calculated Critical path is an important tool needed in keeping your project on track. It is the string of activities that, totality of the durations is longer than any other path through the network. It usually starts with the first activity in the network and usually ends with last one. Jenifer Greene and Andrew Stallman (2007) (www.headfirstlabs.com)

The critical path is the one with longest duration .THE CRITICAL PATH OF THE EN-SURE PROJECT DEDUCED FROM NETWORK DIAGRAM Path 1 = Start A C D F J Finish = 3 + 3 + 4 + 3 + 0 = 13 Path 2 = Start A C E F J Finish = 3 +3 + 5 +3 +0 = 14 Path 3 = Start A C E H I Finish = 3+3+5+5+2 = 18 Path 4 = Start A C E G I Finish = 3+3+5+3+2 = 16 Path 5 = Start B C D F J Finish = 2+3+4+3+0 = 12 Path 6 = Start B C E F J Finish = 2 +3+5+3+0 = 13 Path 7 = Start B C E H I Finish = 2+3+5+5+2 =17 Path 8 = Start B C E G I Finish = 2+3+5+3+2 =15 The part with the longest duration in the network diagram is the critical part of the project Path 3 = Start A C E H I Finish = 3+3+5+5+2 = 18 (CRITICAL PATH) The critical path is 18 This is achieved by finding the entire path in the network diagram. by finding the duration of each path by adding up the duration of each activity on the path.

TABLE:1 THE CRITIACL PATH TABLE PATH 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 A 3 3 3 3 B C 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 D 4 E 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 F 3 3 G H I J 0 0 DURATION 13 14 18 16 12 13 17 15 5 3 3 3 5 3 2 2 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 FLOAT AVAILABLE FOR ALL ACTIVITIES IN EN-SURE TO ACHIEVE THE BUSINES GOAL Float is the amount of time that it can slip before it causes your project to be delayed the float for every activity in the critical path is zero Jenifer Greene and Andrew Stallman (2007). The float the activities on the critical path A C E H I =O TABLE 2: FLOAT TABLE ACTIVITY A B C D E F G H I J FLOAT O I O 5 O 4 2 O O 4 Float for Activity B .

with the head steering committee and project manager coordinate and ensure there is no delay on delivery.Path 7 = critical path next longest path = 18 17 =1 B=1 The next longest path is = 16 Float for G = 18 16 = 2 Float for F & J = 18 14 = 4 Float D = 18 13 = 5 Jenifer Greene and Andrew Stallman (2007) RESPONSIBILITY ASSIGNMENT MATRIX FOR EN-SURE PROJECT PLAN Having identified the project activities. a relationship between project schedule activities and team members along with their responsibilities has to be identified and RAM can be used to indicate this relationship. . major responsibility has to be assigned to a specific person. Assumptions Considering the activities on the critical path. The quality assurance lead has to be consulted on all the activities on the critical path to ensure it meets the product specification.