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What You Always Felt You Should Know About PERT, But Were Afraid to Find Out PERT

Wagner, Andrew R.
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ETS Research Memorandum
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Evaluation Methods, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT), Review (Reexamination), Scheduling


PERT, acronym for Project Evaluation and Review Technique, is defined and described. The paper explains 1) how a PERT analysis is developed; 2) how to visually represent the stages, and the time and resources required for each, on index cards and flowcharts; 3) how to use a computer to estimate time required; 4) how PERT output is used; 5) how to eliminate negative slack time in a project; 6) how PERT is used to monitor a project; and 7) how a project manager can get everyone to comply with the PERT schedule.

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