Setting Up a Project

Setting Up a Project

 

Paper instructions:

For this assessment you are required to define a project and establish a project plan that that demonstrates an understanding of the concepts listed below.

The project may be taken from the real world or created for this assessment. Ideally it will be something related to where you work (if you are working), or another project which you can thoroughly research.

 

 

Faculty of Creative Industries and Business
Department of Management & Marketing
Bachelor of Business
BSNS7351 Project Management
Assignment Two

Semester: One, 2014.
Date issued: 27 February 2014 (week one)
Due date and time: Friday 08 May NOON (week 9)
(late assignments NOT accepted)
Delivery: Turnitin class ID 7652556 / password projmgt2014
Total marks: 100 marks
Weighting: 40% of course
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ASSESSMENT TWO : SETTING UP A PROJECT/ CRITICAL REVIEW OF A PROJECT.

This assessment is in two parts:

PART ONE: (76 marks)
You will define a project and answer questions 1 to 9 in the form of a short report.

PART TWO: (24 marks) (14 in one review and 10 in the other)
You will peer review two projects by classmates and complete two reviews using the template provided. The marks awarded to you for your review will not affect the mark you classmates get for their assessment.

(100 marks / 40% of final mark)

ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS IN 3500 WORDS (OR LESS)

For this assessment you are required to define a project and establish a project plan that that demonstrates an understanding of the concepts listed below.

The project may be taken from the real world or created for this assessment. Ideally it will be something related to where you work (if you are working), or another project which you can thoroughly research.

If you are not sure about your choice of project please discuss it with me BEFORE you start.

QUESTIONS.

1. State and explain the project goal, including the business case why the project is necessary. (4 marks)

2. Clearly define the scope of the project and the context for the work, including any implication from portfolio or program management issues. (4 marks)

3. Establish a WBS for the project, with clearly defined and logical phases for the project. (6 marks)

4. Organise each phase into summary and sub tasks with three levels or organisation. (6 marks)

5. Complete a Gantt chart and network analysis for the project to identify activities on the project critical path. (8 marks)

6. a. Apply the triple constraint to the project and briefly discuss the limits
within which the project must be completed. (4 marks)

b. State the two biggest risks for the project and a risk management strategy for each. (6 marks)
7. Establish

a) all the stakeholders to the project, including a brief statement on their relationships to the project, so that their relevancy is clear. (10 marks)

b) a stakeholder management strategy (include outcomes and expectations) . (4 marks)

c) (i) stakeholder communication needs in relation to the project.
(2 marks)
(ii) and the strategy to meet these needs. (4 marks)

8. a) Define and assign the necessary resources to at least five large tasks in the project. (5 marks)

b) Identify any opportunities on the critical path for project crashing by using extra resources. Your answer should include calculations of cost and time tradeoffs. (8 marks)

9. Add project reporting milestones to the Gantt chart completed in Q5 and state the significance of each milestone in your project plan. (5 marks)

10. Peer review of two classmate project plans. You must complete a review of two plans and answer the questions on the next page to record your input. You are welcome to share your review with your classmate before they hand in their completed assessment, although this is NOT require
10. PROJECT PLAN REVIEW QUESTIONS

Project Plan by (Name): ID:

Reviewed by (Name): ID:
Your comments are confidential, unless YOU choose to share them with your classmate. I will not be releasing any information on the reviews.

REMEMBER: Your review will not affect the mark your classmate receives. It is a test of your ability to review a project plan, for which you will receive marks.
1 Think about and answer the following questions while reading the answers to questions 12,2,3 and 9. (200 words as a paragraph please) (4 marks)

a) Do the goal, scope and WBS give a consistent and reliable view of the project?
b) Could you begin the project from this information?
c) Are there any obvious missing items or mistakes in the WBS?
2. Have a look at questions 4, 5, and 6 (a & b) and answer the following questions. (300 words as a paragraph please) (6 marks)

a) Do you agree with the way the project has been grouped into phases?
b) Does the critical path and contingency plans for project crashing make sense?
c) Comment on the strengths and weaknesses of the plan from a perspective of risk management.
3. Read the answer to question 7 and answer the following questions relating to the stakeholders’ strategy for the project. (200 words as a paragraph please) (4 marks)

a) Can you see any problems arising from the strategy as outlined in the plan ?
b) Does the strategy appear to reflect the importance of the stakeholder groups to the project ?

c)* Comment on the significance of the stakeholder communication strategy in this project in relation to the three projects you have worked on (your own, plus two reviews).

(*Only do 3c in one review)

 
ASSESSMENT TWO : MARKING GUIDE

QUESTION CONTENT MARK COMMENT
1 Project goal clear, reasonable, well stated /2
Reasons for project clear /2

2 scope statement given /2
context of project given /2

3 WBS given /2
phases defined /2
phases logical in structure /2

4 summary and sub task outline given /2
outline matches phases /2
outline appears logical /2

5 Gantt Chart given /2
Network diagram provided /2
Critical path identified /4

6 a. Triple constraints identified / discussed /4
b. risk assessment& management /6
7a

All relevant stakeholder listed

Relevance explained
/6

/4

7b management strategy given for /2
outcomes /1
expectations /1

7c communication needs identified /2
strategy/methods given /2
strategy appears reasonable /2

8a Critical path tasks resourced /1
resources defined accurately /3
assigned to tasks /1

8b project crashing opportunities identified /2
time and costs calculations included /6

9 Milestones included /1
Milestones significance clearly stated /4

10 REVIEW ONE
question one /4
comments complete, reveal understanding
plan well analysed, input useful

question two /6
phasing opinion reasoned
Critical path issues addressed
strengths & weaknesses stated

question three* /4
stakeholder strategy reviewed
communication strategy in PM discussed

REVIEW TWO
question one /4
comments complete, reveal understanding
plan well analysed, input useful

question two /6
phasing opinion reasoned
Critical path issues addressed
strengths & weaknesses stated

question three* /4
stakeholder strategy reviewed
communication strategy in PM discussed

 

 

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