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1. What is a “Lead” in project scheduling?
The amount of time a successor task can be advanced with respect to a predecessor task.
The “Lead” is the time that must be allowed to order materials before they are received.
The establishment of a predecessor-successor relationship between two tasks resulting in one task leading the other.
2. What is a typical reason to insert a lag between tasks?
A lag is not preplanned event. It is the result of a delay in the completion of a predecessor task causing a delay in the start of a successor task.
Eliminate a resource over-allocation problem by shifting a task to a time period with available resources.
A delay in a predecessor task is counterbalanced by inserting a lag between the predecessor and the successor tasks.
3. What is the practical difference between Free Float and Total Float for a task?
Free float and total float mean the same thing. They represent the extra time in the time window for a task before the task impacts the start or finish of any other task.
Free float is the extra time in the time window for a task that can be used before the task impacts the start or finish date of any other task. Total float is the extra time in the time window for a task before the task impacts the end date of the project.
Free float is the money in reserve that the project manager can use to resolve overruns. Total float is the total budget of the project.
4. What is the purpose of resource leveling?
Staffing the organization so that each individual has an equal share of the workload.
Change the timing of tasks so that the resource demand and resource supply are balanced at any point in time on the project.
Training all individuals so that they have the skills to compete for new opportunities on a “level” playing field.
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