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The Complete Idiot's Guide to MBA Basics, 3rd Edition by Tom Gorman

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Planning and Scheduling Tools

Project management—planning, launching, and controlling a project—requires special tools, ones somewhat different from those needed when managing an ongoing operation. A project has a beginning, a middle, and an end. The project manager must plan and coordinate numerous activities, and keep them on track so that the project achieves its goal on time and on budget. In the following sections, I show you how you can best manage projects.

The Critical Path to Project Management

The Critical Path Method, or CPM, is a visual tool that helps you plan and control the tasks and activities in a project. CPM was developed by the chemical giant DuPont in the late 1950s for managing large projects, such as constructing huge ...

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