Determine the best practices apply to project implementation, Project Management

The objectives of assignment are to determine what best practices apply to project implementation and close out, and to apply your individual knowledge of the quantitative topics to a second case study project example.

You are to read the case study (which is reproduced over the page) and answer ALL EIGHT (8) of the following questions and sub questions relating to the Implementation and Closing stages of the project, and in particular, to Scope, Time, Cost, progress monitoring and reporting, and project completion. Each question is of equal marks, with an additional mark (equivalent to one question) assigned for overall presentation, logical structure and depth of knowledge.

Except where the questions are worded otherwise, the answers should be prepared and presented as if they were a part of an overall management review or report on the project. The information should be presented in a format suitable to a reader of a formal Project Plan or business report, not as an academic discourse or essay.

However, you are expected to back up your comments and recommendations by including a reference list showing your sources and indicating you have done a literature search on the relevant concepts of implementing projects.

Please keep each answer short, in the range of 1 to 2 pages in length. You do not need to provide a long essay format answer - bullet or table format for each answer (and possibly a flow chart if relevant) is quite acceptable, to ensure no disadvantage to non-native speakers of English.

The topics/questions for Assessment Report 2 are as follows:

1. Scope

  • What are the critical issues/potential problems in this project in ensuring full delivery of scope?
  • Explain how you will verify delivery of scope across the project Implement and Closing Phases.
  • Which stakeholders will have the greatest input to approving the scope of work?


2. Time

  • Using the data in Table 1 of the case study, perform a Critical Path Analysis (CPA) to determine the most likely time required to complete the project.
  • How sensitive would this analysis be to errors in estimation?
  • What estimation process or additional data would you recommend to ensure a more reliable schedule? (Note: process or data required may be different for various components of the plan).


3. Cost

  • Using the critical path analysis in the previous question, develop a baseline plan (S-Curve) for the project. In the absence of cost data, you may use the estimated time as a measure of resource usage and thus cost.


As a project manager, how would you use the S-Curve and Earned Value in status reporting, controlling and monitoring the project?

What measures would you use to monitor progress and to estimate your earned value?


4. Risk

  • Assuming that the project will proceed to the implementation phase, develop a comprehensive risk management plan incorporating the key risks, their likelihood of occurrence, potential impacts and consequences in the project.
  • What action plans would you suggest to manage these risks? (Highlight the appropriate responsibilities, reporting, monitoring and controlling mechanisms over the implementation phase of the project).
  • Identify and describe 4 major risks in this project, your response to them and yourcontingency plan if applicable.


5. Quality

  • Indicate two key quality controls you would use for the project overall, and one key quality control for each of these phases of the project - Planning and Design, Build, Implementation - and
  • describe how they will be monitored and measured during the project implementation stage.



6. Procurement

  • What specific actions would you take to ensure clear roles and responsibilities for the Supplier, and to ensure timely delivery of their components during the implementation phase?


7. Project Closure

  • Outline what implementation plans may be required to ensure proper handover of the deliverables to the customer(s) in this project.
  • Describe what other tasks may be required to close out this project to the satisfaction of the major stakeholders.


8. Integration

  • What are the critical issues in getting an implementation plan/project management plan approved for the entire project?
  • What would be your short term priority actions and management strategy for moving forward and ensuring successful delivery of the project?
  • What organisation structure (with overall roles and responsibilities) do you envisage will be required to represent the interests of various groups involved in the project? (Do not go into a lot of detail here - just outline main parties and roles).
Posted Date: 3/8/2013 12:17:04 AM | Location : United States

Related Discussions:- Determine the best practices apply to project implementation, Assignment Help, Ask Question on Determine the best practices apply to project implementation, Get Answer, Expert's Help, Determine the best practices apply to project implementation Discussions

Write discussion on Determine the best practices apply to project implementation
Your posts are moderated
Related Questions
In the face of rising costs, the senior management in PT Company has decided that significant cuts will be needed in the budgets of some of its departments. The promotional budget

QUESTION 1: (a) Explain how TWO of the given gurus have contributed to the Quality Movement, highlighting the major points of their philosophies: (i) Edward Deming (ii)

Balance of Payments A summary of balance of payments in the statement of international transactions between U.S. residents and residents of foreign nations serves as a measure

Improving the quality of manufactured parts and decreasing the production cycle time requires the use of high powered software programs integrated with computer controlle

The Integrated Management Project is not intended to be an academic research report and the markers will not normally expect inclusion of a literature review or hypothesis testing.

Identification of Customers: Who are the external and internal customers? Can customers be segmented either on the basis of the service that they require, or their attitudes t

Question: Performance Appraisal "Is the process of evaluating the performance and qualifications of the employees in terms of the requirements of the job for which he is emp

Question: a) What are the skills required by a project manager? b) What are the basic principle stages in a project life cycle? c) Suppose you are involved in the pl

One of the characteristics unique to governmental and not-for-profit organizations is the inability to eliminate unprofitable activities. Clearly, in the case of these activities,

Question: (a) Project Value Management has gained significant acceptance in different fields of business and is regarded as a useful tool for promoting project sustainability