PERT Chart Example: SDLC Template

Description:

Here is a PERT Chart for software development. It shows the major activities involved in a Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), which includes system analysis, requirements identification, system design, system development, deployment and transitioning. The PERT chart also shows the use of swimlanes in partitioning activities according to the phases they belong to.

Use this PERT diagram template to create your own PERT chart. Click Use this Template to edit or click Create Blank to start.

What is PERT Chart?

One of the most challenging jobs that any manager can take on is the management of a large-scale project that requires coordinating numerous activities throughout the organization. A myriad of details must be considered in planning how to coordinate all these activities, in developing a realistic schedule, and then in monitoring the progress of the project. Fortunately, PERT (program evaluation and review technique) is a powerful technique that can assist the project manager in carrying out these responsibilities for planning and displaying the coordination of all the activities in a manageable manner.

PERT Chart and Time Schedule

Four definitions for the time schedule we are expected to obtain from a PERT Chart:

  • Optimistic Time - the least amount of time to accomplish a task or activity
  • Pessimistic Time - the maximum amount of time to accomplish a task or activity
  • Most Likely Time - is the best estimate of how long it will take to accomplish the task or activity, assuming there are no problems
  • Expected Time - the best estimate of how long it will take to accomplish the task or activity, assuming there will be problems

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