Assessment 3 details and instructions
Building on your project case study, you are a project manager for the case study, and are now required to prepare the entire project plan (i.e. the project goals, scope, schedule, resources, budget, risks, implementation, monitoring and control, performance evaluation and closure). Base your responses on current recommended practice, as described in contemporary literature and personal research into the industry of the Case Study. The focus is to be on the selection and application of appropriate theory, tools and techniques NOT how accurate your budget, schedule and resourcing are.
Read your project case study carefully. As you work through the following tasks, identify any areas where you do not yet have sufficient information, and may need to ask further questions from your project sponsor.
- Project Goals and Scope: Develop a set of relevant and achievable goals appropriate for the project described in the Case Study. Write a brief scope statement for the Case Study project. Describe the processes and or methods you used to determine the scope of the project. (Approximately 400 words).
- Project Schedule: Prepare a schedule for the Case Study project, identifying the key milestones and resources required for successful completion of the Case Study project. Discuss the relative merits of the methods, tools and techniques used and compare these with any that you chose not to use. Describe in detail in your schedule plan for each activity and identify potential resourcing stress points for the "critical path" that will need careful management. Identify tools and techniques that might be used here. (Approximately 700 words)
- Project Budget: Develop an appropriate budget for the Case Study project. Include details of all assumptions you have made in preparing this budget. Explain, as a project manager, what actions you need to take in order to control the cost? (Approximately 500 words)
- Project Risk: Identify project risk management tools & techniques. Do a quantitative and qualitative risk analysis and provide Risk response techniques and strategies on how to track risks and associated Tasks. (Approximately 600 words)
- Implementation plan: Identify the conditions surrounding the Case Study project, required for successful implementation. This may include, but is not limited to, management structure, style and culture, levels and boundaries for authority and autonomy, personal skills, attributes and characteristics of those in the project team. (Approximately 500 words).
- Monitoring and control process: Document how the Case Study project will be assessed. This will build on question 1 above, with emphasis on what will be monitored and controlled and by which techniques and tools. The areas of focus can be divided into internal and external criteria such as Time, Cost, Resources, Quality, and stakeholders. Include other areas you determine to be relevant for the successful management of the Case Study project. (Approximately 600 words).
- Project performance evaluation: From your work on managing the project, identify the methods, tools, and techniques you would use to determine whether the Case Study project goals have been achieved. List the specific actions required to ensure the quality of your project. (Approximately 450 words).
- Project closure: Identify the tools and steps required to close off the Case Study project and what activities should take place, post-project. What are the promising practices in motivating teams to share the lessons learned in their projects with others and encouraging new project teams to utilize existing lessons learned effectively? (Approximately 250 words)
To answer the above areas, you are required to use the information provided in Table 1 of the case study and also select and use the suitable form/s from the Reporting forms folder located under the assessment instruction tab.
- A report format is acceptable but must include an explanation of the approaches used throughout the project life-cycle. Diagrams, charts, tables, and illustrations may be used to communicate or describe an approach. These should be supported by a written discussion and not relied upon to tell the story themselves.
- Assessment will be based on your discussion of tools and techniques considered and used to develop and manage the budget, the schedule and to estimate resources. You should discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each approach considered and support your chosen approach to each component for the case.
- Make sure you read the Assessment 3 marking criteria carefully before you start your work. Submit your assessment as a Word document (4000 words +_10%).
- References wouldn't be counted in wordings.
Tips on preparing your assessment:
- Base your report on academic sources, e.g. journal articles, books, chapters in books.
- You may refer to other VALID sources, such as internet sites, magazines, or newspapers, as long as you include a minimum of 9 peer-reviewed academic resources.
- Communication skills are important, so proofread your work carefully before you submit it. The standard of your writing will impact your communication and through this your mark.