The project manager for American Constructors Inc. (ACI) sat down with his team on September 24, 2009, to evaluate the progress of their building expansion project in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The team had been working on the World Outreach Church expansion project for over a year already and it was nearing completion. Originally scheduled for completion by March 2010, the project deadline was pushed ahead to December 14, 2009, at the request of the client, who desired to use the property for the Christmas season. In an effort to maintain the reputation of ACI, which had grown to be known as middle Tennessee's premier contractor, the project manager and his team needed to determine if the December 14 deadline was feasible. This case was designed for use in an undergraduate or MBA operations management or introductory project management course. Developed to aid instructors in facilitating discussions of key project management concepts, the case content allows for an analytical approach to covering the basic skills in planning a project, including precedence relationship, critical path, due dates, uncertainty (PERT tasks), crashing, etc. It can be used to teach students the use of MS Project or other project management software. It can also be used for a less analytic, more managerial discussion of project management. During the case discussion, the instructor can bring out points regarding what actually happened (included in the teaching note) that help round out the case discussion.
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