the project manager you are required to present an initial project
report to the project sponsor that shows how you propose to implement
this project. As the project manager you may make any assumptions you
think are necessary.
a meeting with his boss (David Wright), Bruce has been asked to
establish a researcher centre. The research centre, which will commence
operations in February 2018 first as an informal research group, should
be established by June 2017. Alex’s decision to proceed with this major
project is spurred by the fact that an associated organizational centre,
which researches in a closely related area, has recently ceased
operations. There is also a tremendous pressure from David’s senior
executives to produce high quality research that is focused in nature.
In fact one of David’s senior executives’ comments was that David’s Unit
does not have a clear identity when it comes to its scholarly research
output compared to the one in Australian National University. After
several meetings with subject matter experts (consultants) and a
rigorous analysis of the current trends in research in the area of
information technology it has been decided that the most appropriate
research area for the proposed research centre to focus on is social
media. Fortunately several of David’s Unit staff are active researchers
in this area. What made this direction even more attractive is that
demand from Master and Doctoral students has been largely for programs
in this area. David’s Unit also enjoys a very good relationship with an
international expert Craig Bamworth in the social media area who has
kindly agreed to offer his expertise to Bruce (the program manager).
of the projects within the Social Media Research Centre larger project
that Bruce has identified as important is the development of a web
application for the proposed centre.
application would include an internet website and section for members on
the intranet. Bruce has appointed You as the manager of this project
commencing work on 1 April 2017. Bruce’s team has conducted the
feasibility study and financial analysis to confirm that project must go
ahead and must commence as you join your role.
must assist Bruce in preparing the project charter that need to be
submitted within first week of May 2017 via a kick-off meeting to be
held with all major stakeholders presenting and discussing the charter
before they all signoff and approve charter.
website should contain information about the major research projects,
list of supervisors, Masters and PhD student projects, publications
(conference and journal papers), and project reports. The application
manager Sonia Reed should update all these details on the website using
the intranet login. Members can also update their project details via
their member account. It has also been identified by Bruce that
displaying the information, program, recorded presentations and
reports/publications of the events held in the area of social media
research will help in promoting the centre. Sonia would collect this
information from the events manager and update the information on the
web application before, during and after the events as needed.
team must include appropriate experts to assess the application,
network and database software and hardware needs to support this
Your manager, Bruce has given you guidance that the project needs to be completed within 8 months and that costs should be minimised wherever possible with given budget of AUD 50000.00
Task 1: Prepare Project Charter as per below template – 55 marks
Basic details Including (5 marks): Title of the project, Name and email of the Project Manager (yourself), Duration of the project, and High level budget
Project Objectives (10 marks)
- Clear, concise reasoning for why the project is being performed
- Clear, concise definition of what the project’s activities will entail ( high level scope)
- Brief description of primary deliverable(s)
- Clear description of the project’s benefits to the organisation
- Recognition and description of any limits that the project will not cover and address
MOV - Measurable Organisational Value ( 15 marks)
(This is the goal of the project and is utilised to define the value that your team project will bring to your client)
the desired area of impact - Rank the following areas in terms of
importance: Strategy / Customer / Financial / Operational / Social
With reference to your project, identify one or two of the following types of value:
- Better - is improving quality important to your client?
- Faster - does your client want to increase efficiency?
- Cheaper - is cutting costs important?
- Do more - does your client want to continue its growth?
an appropriate metric - this sets the target and expectation of all the
stakeholders. It is important to determine a quantitative target that
needs to be expressed as a metric in terms of an increase or decrease of
money. ( 5 Bullet Points)
(Note: the MOV should inform everyone
what the project will achieve, not how it will be achieved. It should
also focus on the organisation, not on the technology that will be used
to build or support the information system).
Acceptance Criteria (5 marks)
- Identification of specific factors against which the project can be compared to determine success/failure
- Identification of specific deliverables for the project as a whole
- Inclusion of due dates for the deliverables
- Clear identification of milestone and milestone exit points
- Factors should include a specific metrical comparison
Assumptions and Constraints (5 marks)
- Any assumptions made during the course of the project
- List of constraints that entail the limitations that are required to be addressed
Stakeholder List (5 marks)
list of stakeholders including the sponsor, PM, executive members and
few important members that are required to contribute to high level
Lessons Learned (5 marks)
- Identification of pitfalls to be avoided, based on the past projects and experience
- Evidence of thought as to what can and cannot affect the project in terms of how the project will run
Charter Sign off (5 marks)
- This section should include the stakeholders signing off the charter for commitment.
- Some key stakeholders must comment make comments
Task 2: Prepare Communications Plan as per the template given- 20 marks
Communication Plan Template
- Plan purpose –
A brief description of why and how the plan was developed, and an
overview of the overall team communication philosophy. Also states types
of communications planned, for lateral, downward, and upward
- Identification of stakeholders –
The “who” in the project that requires information, (i.e. team members,
project sponsor, class professor, etc.) and also the responsible
parties to receive and/or communicate information.
- Information to be shared –
The “what” in terms of project information communication. Describes
types of information that the team uses to communicate amongst its own
project members, and also to the sponsor
- Frequency of information exchange – The “when” describes how often communications will be held (i.e. daily, weekly, monthly, as needed, etc.)
- Location of information exchange – The “where” states the location of the meeting or other interactions
- Purpose of communication – The “why” description assures that communications are held effectively.
- Mechanism for communication – The “how” describes the media for communication (i.e. physical meeting, email, phone, message group, etc.)
- Change management –
Description on how the team will handle changes in the project, whether
it is in terms of project scope, schedule, or resources. This includes
how the team plans to communicate changes as well as how the team plans
to make decisions about changes.
- Meeting agenda –
Gives a brief overview of what the team plans to accomplish in each of
its meetings, how it documents goals and objectives for meetings, and
defines and assigns actions for the team to accomplish project
assessment task covers first four topics and has been designed to
ensure that you are engaging with the subject content on a regular
basis. More specifically it seeks to assess your ability to:
- Identify the responsibilities of a Project manager when participating in a real world project;
- Define the role of management in projects, particularly from the view point of the practitioner as a member of the project team;
- Apply project management skills, methods, techniques and tools to a real world problem typical of a project manager;
- Explain areas of knowledge relevant to project management; and
the many problems facing the project manager and to note the "best
practices" being utilised in order to produce effective, efficient and
quality projects on time and within budget
Task1 SWOT-Threats (5 marks)
Weak attempt at threats of the chosen organisation, 1-2 points given
Some attempt at threats of the chosen organisation, 2-3 points given
Average attempt at threats of the chosen organisation, 3-4 points given
Good attempt at threats of the chosen organisation, all 4-5 points given
Excellent attempt at threats of the chosen organisation, all 5 points relevant to the case study given
Task 1 Project Charter :Project details and Objectives(15 marks)
Objectives are defined but unclear. Little Details given
Objectives are defined but do not cover business need. Some Details given
Objectives are defined and limited to business need. Most Details given
Objectives are defined including need, ROI, benefits to stakeholders and success factors. All Details given and correct
Task 1 Project Charter: Provides an MOV and
identifies the target and expectations of all
stakeholders in a suitable format. ( 15 marks)
The MOV fails to cover one or more
specified project requirements.
The MOV illustrates the student’s
generalised consideration of the target; however analysis of the expectations of all
stakeholders is not clear. The format is
suitable to the information presented.
The MOV illustrates the student’s
generalised consideration of the target and an attempt at analysis of the
expectations of most stakeholders is
evident. The format is suitable to the
The MOV illustrates the student’s detailed consideration of the target and an attempt at analysis
of the expectations of all stakeholders is evident. The format is logical and appropriate to the
The MOV illustrates the student’s detailed consideration of the
target and a thorough analysis of the expectations of all
stakeholders. The format is logical, clear and well-structured.
Task 1 Project Charter Acceptance Criteria(5 marks)
Check-list is defined but unclear
Check-list criteria are defined but do not cover signoff process
Check-list criteria are defined with signoff process
Check-list criteria are defined with signoff process including template/ forms/approvals.
Task 1 Project Charter Constraints / Assumptions(5 marks)
Defined but unclear.
Only Assumptions or only Constraints are defined.
Few Assumptions and Constraints are defined, but not detailed enough.
Most Assumptions and Constraints are defined with required details.
Task 1 Project Charter -Stakeholder list(5 marks)
Only Student team is covered.
Student team and Customer are covered.
Student team, Customer and Sponsoring agency are covered.
Student team, Customer, Sponsoring agency and other stakeholders (e.g. Vendors) for the project are covered.
Task 1 Project Charter -Charter Signoff(5 marks)
Defined Charter signoff process but unclear.
Defined Charter signoff process with forma/templates / approvals
Task 1 Project Charter- Lessons learned(5 marks)
Only considered personal experiences.
Considered lessons learned from past projects / best practices.
In addition to past projects, on-going learnings from current project have been considered.
Considered lessons learnt / best practices and applied to project appropriately & developed contingency plan.
| Task 2- Communication Plan: Purpose $ Team Meetings Agenda ( 5 marks+)||Not Considered||Defined but unclear.||Internal team meetings are planned and conducted as per a schedule.||Meetings are planned, conducted followed by Minute of the Meetings||Meetings are planned, conducted followed by Minute of the Meetings and Action items.|
|Task 2- Communication Plan 5 marks|
(Who, What and When,)
|Not Considered||Defined but unclear.||Defined Who and What communication will take place.||Defined Who (most stakeholders), What and When (Frequency) communication will take place.||Defined
Who (all stakeholders- to receive and to communicate, When, What (all
types of information) communication will take place. Forms / Templates
|Task 2- Communication Plan 5 marks|
Where, Why and How)
|Not Considered||Defined but unclear.||Defined Where and How communication will take place.||Defined Where (location of the meeting or other interactions), Why and How (method) communication will take place.||Defined
Where (clearly and appropriately states the location of the meeting or
other interactions), Why(description), How (i.e. physical meeting,
email, phone, message group, etc.) communication will take place. Forms /
Templates are covered.|
|Task 2- Communication Plan Change Management (5 marks)||Not Considered||Escalation method is defined but unclear||Escalation method is defined, but without process documentation||Escalation method is defined including process documentation.||Escalation method is defined including process documentation & Issue log template.|
Students are required to submit the range of documents describing their proposed project solution for the above tasks.All referencing in the project material must be in accordance with the APA style guide.
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