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Introduction

Managing Problems

Data Entry

Reading the Matrix

Reading the Status Line

Making New Problems

Entering Marks

Managing Rows

Sizing The Matrix

Printing Problems

Computations

Partition

Tearing

Show Impacted Rows

Show Notified Rows

Show Bands of Parallel Items

PSM Properties

Importing/Exporting PSM Data

Exporting to MS Project

Keyboard Shortcuts

Support

 

Partition

Purpose:

Partitioning uses the values of the marks to order the rows. This allows PSM to identify blocks (see below) and get all the marks not within the blocks to be below the diagonal .

Menu/Key:

Compute/Partition (^A)

Results:

The results are shown in part below:

Parted.gif (6277 bytes)

Each of the square regions on the diagonal is called a block. A block is an indivisible "tangle" of mutually dependant prerequisites. The program seeks a long circuit called the principal circuit to use in computing heuristics to guide the user in choosing where to make tears. (See the next step, tearing.) If this set of dependencies can be broken, then the dependencies represented by the marks below the diagonal do have not circuits and thus can be laid out over time as a plan. 

Partitioning is a prerequisite of tearing.

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