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Mastering Software Project Management by Thomas Cagley, Murali Chemuturi

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APPENDIX H. AN INTRODUCTION TO PERT/CPM

APPENDIX H

AN INTRODUCTIONTO PERT/CPM

Project managers have relied on PERT/CPM techniques to plan, schedule, and control projects for the last 60 years. PERT is an acronym for Program Evaluation and Review Technique. CPM is an acronym for Critical Path Method. PERT has its origins in research projects, but was successfully used in the development of the Polaris ballistic missile — a missile that would be launched from beneath the ocean’s surface in 1960.1,2 Owing to the success of the Polaris project, PERT gained popularity and was adopted in project-based manufacturing organizations. CPM had its ...

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