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# 7.1: Introduction

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An event planner has to juggle many workers completing different tasks, some of which must be completed before others can begin. For example, the banquet tables would need to be arranged in the room before the catering staff could begin setting out silverware. The event planner has to carefully schedule things so that everything gets done in a reasonable amount of time.

The problem of scheduling is fairly universal. Contractors need to schedule workers and subcontractors to build a house as quickly as possible. A magazine needs to schedule writers, editors, photographers, typesetters, and others so that an issue can be completed on time.

7.1: Introduction is shared under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by David Lippman via source content that was edited to conform to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.