Wk 1 – Apply: Project Management Plan: Project Charter [Due Mon] Wk 1 – Apply: Project Management Plan: Project Charter

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Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper featuring the following elements:

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  • Narrative project description
  • Problem and result statement
  • Mission justification
  • Project scope statement
  • Major deliverables
  • High-level milestones for significant events
  • Applicable technical requirements, assumptions, or constraints
  • APA Format

For the Week 1 assignment Project Management Plan: Project Charter, you will notice that the instructions stated to obtain your instructor’s approval for a project you would like to use.  Let me give you some guidelines that I look for when evaluating your proposals.  Projects needs to be large enough to require all the tools/techniques that the assignment requires, but not too large.  In other words, it’s kind of like the Goldilocks problem: not too small, not too big.  Projects that work well in this course tend to have roughly the following characteristics:

1) project duration should be at least 6 months but not more than 1 year;

2) project budget should be at least $100,000, but not more than $5,000,000;

3) project should require at least a dozen different people, but not more than 30;

4) project will be completed in the context of a business or organization.

Personal projects like bathroom remodels, home construction, or weddings will not work for this course.  While your chosen project doesn’t have to fit exactly within these requirements, I’m more likely to approve project proposals that are close to these specs.  To submit your idea, please send me a Private Message to do so.  I strongly encourage you to do this very early in week 1 so you will have time to complete the assignment.  If you wait until the end of the week and I don’t approve it, you will have little time to complete the assignment.

Wk 1 – Apply: Project Management Plan: Project Charter [due Mon]

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Resource: Project Management Plan: Project Charter Grading Guide

 

Develop a project charter.

 

Obtain faculty approval of the topic for this project.

 

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper featuring the following elements:

· Narrative project description

· Problem and result statement

· Mission justification

· Project scope statement

· Major deliverables

· High-level milestones for significant events

· Applicable technical requirements, assumptions, or constraints

 

Incorporate your facilitator’s feedback into the charter and include the revised version in your final project.

 

For the Week 1 assignment Project Management Plan: Project Charter, you will notice that the instructions stated to obtain your instructor’s approval for a project you would like to use. Let me give you some guidelines that I look for when evaluating your proposals. Projects needs to be large enough to require all the tools/techniques that the assignment requires, but not too large. In other words, it’s kind of like the Goldilocks problem: not too small, not too big. Projects that work well in this course tend to have roughly the following characteristics:

1) project duration should be at least 6 months but not more than 1 year;

2) project budget should be at least $100,000, but not more than $5,000,000;

3) project should require at least a dozen different people, but not more than 30;

4) project will be completed in the context of a business or organization.

 

Personal projects like bathroom remodels, home construction, or weddings will not work for this course. While your chosen project doesn’t have to fit exactly within these requirements, I’m more likely to approve project proposals that are close to these specs. To submit your idea, please send me a Private Message to do so. I strongly encourage you to do this very early in week 1 so you will have time to complete the assignment. If you wait until the end of the week and I don’t approve it, you will have little time to complete the assignment.

 

Wk 2 – Apply: Project Scope, Schedule, and Budget [due Mon]

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Resource: Microsoft® Imagine Registration

 

Create a project schedule and budget.

 

Use the following guidelines to complete your assignment:

· Project scope: Refine the project scope statements from the scope statement in the charter from Week 1.

· Develop a work breakdown structure (WBS) from the refined scope statement.

· Project schedule: Using Microsoft® Project and the WBS you developed above, create a schedule for your project’s lifecycle. Include specific tasks and milestones, with time and resource estimates, to meet organizational objectives in 350 words.

· Project budget: Using Microsoft® Excel® and the project schedule, WBS, and scope statement, create a time-phased budget containing cost estimates. Include direct and indirect costs for labor, machinery, equipment, supplies, and other elements applicable to the project.

 

Incorporate your facilitator’s feedback into the schedule and budget and include the revised versions in your final project due in Week 6.

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Wk 3 – Apply: Signature Assignment: Project Management Plan [due Mon]

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Continue working on the individual project you started in Week 1 and 2 to accomplish the assignment below:

 

Write a paper of no more than 2,100 words and include the following components:

 

Project Risk Management Plan

· Examine at least 5 risks applicable to your project.

· Create a table in Microsoft® Word for your risk assessment matrix. For each risk, analyze its likelihood and probability, its effect, an overall risk assessment score, when it could occur, and your response.

 

Project HR Plan

· Analyze HR needs, how they are acquired, and when they will occur.

· Examine your training approach and how you plan to recognize and reward the team’s efforts.

 

Project Communication Plan

· Examine key stakeholder groups and their project information needs.

· Create a table in Microsoft® Word, evaluating the following information that is produced during the project’s lifecycle: status and issue reports; the target audience for each information type, including senior management and customers; when each information type is available (weekly or biweekly); how information is communicated (e-mail or hard copy); and who is responsible for producing information.

 

Project Procurement Plan

· Examine the methods that will be used to manage procurements in the project.

· Examine at least one contract vehicle that might be used.

 

Incorporate your facilitator’s feedback into the plans and include the revised versions in your final project.

 

Submit your assignment.

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Wk 5 – Apply: Earned Value Analysis [due Mon]

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Resources:

· Project Management: The Managerial Process, Ch. 13

· Electroscan, Inc. Student Table Spreadsheet

· Earned Value Analysis Grading Guide

 

Evaluate the Earned Value Management (EVM) Case Study found on p. 499 in Ch. 13 of Project Management: The Managerial Process.

 

Calculate EVM information from the data provided using the Electroscan, Inc. Student Table spreadsheet, and draw conclusions regarding the project’s status in the case study.

 

Draw conclusions regarding project health from the Earned Value analysis.

 

Analyze the effects of given schedule variances, as well as SPI, CPI, EAC, TCIP, and any other EVM analytical products they deem valuable.

 

Write your findings in a 350- to 700-word memorandum.

 

Submit your assignment.

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Wk 6 – Apply: Final Project Management Plan [due Mon]

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Resource: Final Project Management Plan Grading Guide

 

Write a paper of no more than 1,400 words, addressing the following items:

· How changes to the project scope, timeline, and budget are managed and reported.

· How project cost and schedule performance is measured and reported.

· How project quality is managed and reported.

· Reasons why your project could be closed.

· Closure processes you use for normal completion, such as having objectives met.

· Ethical considerations you may have to make through the project lifecycle and ways to respond.

 

Explain the processes that must be in place to effectively manage each aspect of the project and your rationale for selecting techniques you plan to use.

 

Include scholarly references in addition to textbooks used in the Project Management concentration.

 

Include components produced in earlier weeks and shown above.

 

Assemble your final project plan to include deliverables from Weeks One, Two, Three, and Six into a final, coherent document. Be sure to revise the plan deliverables to reflect your facilitator’s feedback from the assignments.

 

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

 

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