First, I want to take a moment to note the passing of Peter Tork, a singer, guitarist and bassist for The Monkees, both during the TV series and after. The Monkees were the bane of music critics everywhere, who thought they were merely four guys thrown together to make a TV show. Only in retrospect have the critics decided that hey, they weren’t bad at all. Here’s my favorite Peter Tork song, “Your Auntie Grizelda.”
In college, I took a class in Operations Management (which was my major) where we learned a project management technique called the Critical Path Method. You make a list of all the tasks needed to do a project, decide how long each task will take and the dependencies (which tasks have to be completed before others), and decide the longest path between tasks from one end of the project to the other. This process is generally facilitated by drawing a PERT (Program Evaluation and Review Technique) chart that displays the tasks and their dependencies. It’s also a lot more fun doing it that way.
You might think I’m going to launch into a discussion of how this works. And you’d be wrong.
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