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Interactive Graphical User Interface for PERT/CPM Project Tracking

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120341D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 74K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Higginbotham, AF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a three-dimensional volumetric representation of activities for a graphical user interface to a PERT/CPM program which allows the user to interact with the project planning and tracking data for both input and output.

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Interactive Graphical User Interface for PERT/CPM Project Tracking

      Disclosed is a three-dimensional volumetric
representation of activities for a graphical user interface to a
PERT/CPM program which allows the user to interact with the project
planning and tracking data for both input and output.

      The user can focus on an individual activity by displaying a
detailed activity window and manipulating the data.  The figure shows
an example of a detailed activity window which consists of a text
block in the lower portion of the window displaying numerical values
of the parameters and an activity box in the upper portion depicting
the same parameters in a graphical form.

      The activity box's three-dimensional representation of an
activity gives the user more information than has been possible in
the past be- cause the user can see areas and volumes of activities.
The length of the activity box is a visual indicator of the activity
duration in months (M). The height of the activity box is a visual
indicator of the resource allocation in persons (P).  Therefore, the
area of the front surface of the box (height X length) is a visual
indicator of the person months (PM) being spent on the activity.

      The depth of the activity box represents productivity which
produces a volume (height X length X depth) that is the size of the
activity. For a software development task, the productivity is
measured in lines of code (LOC) produced per person month...