Two Methods to Calculate the Forward and Backward Passes in a Network Diagram by Jeffrey S. Nielsen, PMP How do you calculate starts and finishes for your project activities? If you are like most project managers, you use project scheduling software to perform the calculations—the software does the work for you. For the PMP® exam, however, you need to know how to perform these calculations without the aid of software.
When students discover Rita’s Process Chart, they often ask us, “Which parts should I memorize?” It’s a simple question, right? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t so straightforward. It’s more than just memorizing―it’s realizing that, in order to pass the exam, you need to thoroughly understand each process.