The other PERT

No, it’s not the shampoo…PERT stands for Program Evaluation & Review Techniques. This is the main scheduling technique that I use the most, simply because it is a more optimistic type of scheduling & planning tool and it uses time estimates to give an expected time of completion. This process can help you figure out how much time is needed to complete a project. PERT has the ability to monitor and evaluate the changes within the schedule by determining whether or not the project will be completed within the scheduled time frame by developing alternative plans. This style of cost and schedule control allows a huge amount of sophisticated data to be presented in a manner that contractors, engineers and customers can view and understand it, while making joint decisions. Some of the positive aspects of utilizing PERT is it cuts project cost and time, coordinates the schedule while it expedites planning and eliminates the idle time. This process provides better scheduling and control of subcontractors and their activities. On the flip side, the negative aspects of using PERT are that it is time and labor intensive and it lacks ownership in the estimates when used in large scale projects. It also lacks historical data gathering for time & cost estimates while assuming it can use unlimited resources.