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These techniques which are of recent origin do not markedly overlap the traditional control devices ,but provide the kind of information not readily available with the traditional method .

The Program (or Project) Evaluation and Review Technique, commonly abbreviated PERT, is a model for project management designed to analyze and represent the tasks involved in completing a given project.

PERT event: a point that marks the start or completion of one or more activities. It consumes no time and uses no resources. When it marks the completion of one or more tasks, it is not reached (does not occur) until all of the activities leading to that event have been completed.

predecessor event: an event that immediately precedes some other event without any other events intervening. An event can have multiple predecessor events and can be the predecessor of multiple events. successor event: an event that immediately follows some other event without any other intervening events. An event can have multiple successor events and can be the successor of multiple events.

PERT ACTIVITY: The actual performance of a task which consumes time and requires resources (such as labor, materials, space, machinery). It can be understood as representing the time, effort, and resources required to move from one event to another. A PERT activity cannot be performed until the predecessor event has occurred.
OPTIMISTIC TIME (O): The minimum possible time required to accomplish a task, assuming everything proceeds better than is normally expected

PESSIMISTIC TIME (P): The maximum possible time required to accomplish a task, assuming everything goes wrong (but excluding major catastrophes). MOST LIKELY TIME (M): The best estimate of the time required to accomplish a task, assuming everything proceeds as normal. EXPECTED TIME (TE): The best estimate of the time required to accomplish a task, accounting for the fact that things don't always proceed as normal (the implication being that the expected time is the average time the task would require if the task were repeated on a number of occasions over an extended period of time). TE = (O + 4M + P) 6

FLOAT OR SLACK is the amount of time that a task in a project network can be delayed without causing a delay Subsequent tasks (free float) or Project Completion (total float) CRITICAL PATH: The longest possible continuous pathway taken from the initial event to the terminal event. It determines the total calendar time required for the project; and, therefore, any time delays along the critical path will delay the reaching of the terminal event by at least the same amount.

Critical Activity: An activity that has total float equal to zero. Activity with zero float does not mean it is on the critical path. LEAD TIME: The time by which a predecessor event must be completed in order to allow sufficient time for the activities that must elapse before a specific PERT event reaches completion.

LAG TIME: the earliest time by which a successor event can follow a specific PERT event. SLACK: the slack of an event is a measure of the excess time and resources available in achieving this event. Positive slack would indicate ahead of schedule; negative slack would indicate behind schedule; and zero slack would indicate on schedule.

FAST TRACKING: performing more critical activities in parallel CRASHING CRITICAL PATH: Shortening duration of critical activities

Gantt chart
Is a type of bar chart that illustrates a project schedule. Gantt chart can be used to show current schedule status using percent complet shading and vertical today.It is also show the dependency relation ship between activities.

OBJECTIVES objectives are goals they are aims which management and administration wish organisation to achieve.


A PERT chart is a project management tool use to schedule, organized and coorinate tasks within a project.A main objective of PERT is to facilitate decision making and to reduce both time and cost required to complet a project. DEFINITION
PERT is evaluation of a set of activities designed to determined value of the program or of the program element

PERT - was developed in the late 1950 for the U.S polaris project having thousands of contractors. Type of PERT evaluation

Formative evaluation Summative evaluation


1. Identify the specific activities and milestones. 2. Determine the proper sequence of the activities. 3. Construct a network diagram. 4. Estimate the time required for each activity. 5. Determine the critical path. 6. Update the PERT chart as the project progresses.

PERT is an essential part of effective administration. Is a popular tool to determine the timing of decision. PERT is essentially a flow chart that predict when event and activities must take place. The flow chart keeps everyone up-to-date and problem are easily identified when they first occur.

Cont PERT is especially helpful when a group of people is working on a project. PERT can be used to improve programs systematically or to determine the state of the program. It can be used to evaluate the effect of new technologies on programs.

Pert chart explicitly defines and makes visible dependencies between element. PERT facilitates identification of the critical path and makes this visible. PERT facilitates identification of early start, late start and slack for each activity. PERT provides for potentially reduced project duration due to better understanding .

The large amount of project data can be organized and presented in diagram for use in decision making.

There can be potentially hundreds or thousands of activities and individual dependency relationship. The network chart tend to be large and unwieldy requiring several pages to print and requiring special size paper. The lack of time fram on most PERT chart makes it harder to show.

In the following example, the Project manager know the succesion of the project activities and the optimistic, pesimistic and most likely time (in weeks) for the following activities

The use of pert in the management of health organization

The PERT system generally is used for complicated and extensive projects or program such as planning and implementing asystem of nursing diagnosis,nursing interventional and nursing outcomes. Nurse managers use the pert system for controlling Periodic evaluation and control at critical point in the program.


Critical path analysis is used in conjunction with PERT analysis to identify the tasks that are critical in determining the overall duration of the project. CPM is the most versatile planning and controlling technique and used business. Unlike PERT it is applied in those project where activity in those project where activity timing are relatively well know.

Gantt chart
DEFINTION : Is a type of bar chart that illustrates a project schedule. Gantt chart can be used to show current schedule status using percent complet shading and vertical today.It is also show the dependency relation ship between activities

Advantages & limitations

Gantt chart have become a common technique for representing the phases and activities of a project work break down structure(wbs),so they can be understood by a wide audience. A common error made by those who equate gantt chart. Gantt chart is usefull and valuable for small project. Large gantt chart may not suitable for most computer displays

. Gantt chart only represent part of the triple constraints( cost, time, and scope)of project, because they focus primarily on schedule management. If two project are the same number of days behind schedule, the large project has a large impact on resource utilization, yet the gantt does not represent this difference. The horizontal bars of a gantt chart have a fixed height, they can misrepresent the time phased work loadof project

Application of gantt chart


1.A Gantt chart created using Microsoft Project (MSP). Note (1) the critical path is in red, (2) the slack is the black lines connected to non-critical activities, (3) since Saturday and Sunday are not work days and are thus excluded from the schedule, some bars on the Gantt chart are longer if they cut through a weekend.