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    INTERCAT CASE   Project and Portfolio Management  –  Assignment #01 OCTOBER 18, 2014 KARTHIK ARUMUGHAM [1311299] IIM BANGALORE  Project and Portfolio Management  –  Assignment #01 Karthik Arumugham [1311299] a)   Draw the project network for completing the initial public offering of InterCat stock. How long is the initial public offering process? What are the critical steps in the process? Project network: Duration: 137.5 days or 27.5 weeks Critical Path: A-B-D-E-F-J-K-L-O-P  Project and Portfolio Management  –  Assignment #01 Karthik Arumugham [1311299] b)   How would the change in the following activities affect the time to complete the initial public offering? Please evaluate each change independently. a.   Some members of the syndicate are playing hardball. Therefore, the time it takes to negotiate the commitment of each member of the syndicate increases from 2-3 weeks. The ‘   negotiate the commitment of each member of the syndicate ’   task has a start slack of 1 week. Hence increasing the duration of this task from 2-3 weeks will not impact the overall duration of the project. But it now introduces a new alternate critical path. Critical Path 1 : A-B-D-E-F-J-K-L-O-P Critical Path 2 : A-B-C-E-F-J-K-L-O-P b.   The underwriters are truly math geniuses. Therefore, the time it takes to calculate the issue price decreases to 4 weeks. The ‘   calculate the issue price ’   task has a start slack of 2.5 weeks. Hence decreasing the duration of this task from 5-4 weeks will not impact the overall duration of the project. But it increases the slack to 3.5 weeks. Critical path remains the same. Critical Path: A-B-D-E-F-J-K-L-O-P  Project and Portfolio Management  –  Assignment #01 Karthik Arumugham [1311299] c.   Whoa! The SEC found many deficiencies in the initial registration statement. The underwriters must therefore spend 2.5 weeks amending the statement and resubmitting it to the SEC. The   ‘   amending the statement and resubmitting it to the SEC  ’    task has a start slack of 0 weeks and is a critical task. Hence increasing the duration of this task from 1-2.5 weeks will impact the overall duration of the project by 1.5 weeks increase to 29 weeks. Critical path remains the same. Critical Path: A-B-D-E-F-J-K-L-O-P d.   The new issue does not comply with the ‘ blue sky ’  laws of a handful states. The time it takes to edit the issue for each state to ensure compliance increases to 4 weeks. The ‘   Confirm that the new issue complies with the 'blue sky' laws ’   task has a start slack of 2.5 weeks. Hence increasing the duration of this task from 1-4 weeks will impact the overall duration of the project by 0.5 weeks increase to 28 weeks. This introduces two new critical paths Critical path 1: A-B-D-E-F-G-M-P Critical path 2: A-B-D-E-F-J-K-L-M-P
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