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DigiPlex: Future-Ready Data Centers
Grushka-Cockayne, Yael; Yemen, Gerry Case QA-0880 / Published October 3, 2017 / 15 pages.
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Product Overview

This case is based on DigiPlex, the largest data center provider in Scandinavia. The company plans to build another data center just outside of Stockholm, Sweden. The case asks students to evaluate a project plan and use the data to diagram the critical path. The case opens with DigiPlex chairman Byrne Murphy at the negotiation table with the key anchor customer needed in order to get his newest project off the ground. The project has already been delayed 41 weeks, and Murphy learned that its client might want to postpone the handover another several weeks. Murphy had long trusted critical path analysis during moments where key decisions needed to be made around both engineering problems and economic questions in projects. Murphy had to decide how much more risk and expense they would be taking if the target delivery date changed. In order to answer that question, Murphy referred back to the critical path to rethink it.

Learning Objectives

Explore the role of crucial path method in project management; calculate a critical path analysis; understand risk and the use of critical path in key executive decision making; and develop skill in methods that support project management.

  • Overview

    This case is based on DigiPlex, the largest data center provider in Scandinavia. The company plans to build another data center just outside of Stockholm, Sweden. The case asks students to evaluate a project plan and use the data to diagram the critical path. The case opens with DigiPlex chairman Byrne Murphy at the negotiation table with the key anchor customer needed in order to get his newest project off the ground. The project has already been delayed 41 weeks, and Murphy learned that its client might want to postpone the handover another several weeks. Murphy had long trusted critical path analysis during moments where key decisions needed to be made around both engineering problems and economic questions in projects. Murphy had to decide how much more risk and expense they would be taking if the target delivery date changed. In order to answer that question, Murphy referred back to the critical path to rethink it.

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    Explore the role of crucial path method in project management; calculate a critical path analysis; understand risk and the use of critical path in key executive decision making; and develop skill in methods that support project management.