The Vice President of Sales for your company has asked you for more information on cloud-based office productivity suites. He tells you that the Sales team is often remote and needs to be able to stay connected to the office.     

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Individual: Project Proposal

MEMO Option#1 = 4 pages = 697 words!

MEMO Option#2 = 4 pages = 759 words!


Individual: Project Proposal

Consider the following scenario:
You have been hired by a large company with branch offices around the country to assist with rollout of a new companywide compliance system.
While initially the focus was on implementation of the technology, it was found that success will require at least 10 hours of training over two days for all managers across the country on both the use of the new platform as well as a host of new compliance policies being introduced.
Of the options discussed, it was generally agreed that the training should be hands-on and conducted in-person at a central location. This will obviously require getting organizational buy-in as not all managers are going to be willing to commit to taking time out from their normal
responsibilities just for some training.
In addition, such large scale centralized training has not been done before by this company; therefore, the CEO wants feedback from participants to evaluate the effectiveness of any training sessions.
As a result, your manager has given you the responsibility to develop an outline for a proposed project that would meet this upcoming need for arranging and conducting a two-day training session.
This scenario will continue throughout the first three weeks with all weeks being submitted along with the Week 3 assignment. You are expected to apply any feedback provided by the instructor to these
finalized documents.
Submit a 2- to 3-page memo that includes the following:
    • Names the project
    • Briefly describes the project
    • Identifies potential stakeholders directly or indirectly involved
    • Specifies the overall objective and any outcomes for this project
    • Details how success will be evaluated
    • Highlights what is needed to ascertain the Measurable
Organizational Value (MOV) of this project.
You will need to make some assumptions (it is even encouraged), but the assumptions must be documented.
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Supporting Activity Questions

a)   What is the definition of a project?
b)   What is project management?  
c)   What are the advantages of following a methodology when developing an information system?
d)   What is the purpose of a project charter?
e)   Describe how the project’s MOV supports the development of the project’s scope, schedule, and budget.
f)    Why should a project be divided into phases?


Supporting Activity Questions

a)  What is a scope statement?  What purpose does it serve?
b)  Why is it important to define the project's scope accurately and completely?
c)  Briefly describe scope creep.
d)  What is a statement of work? What purpose does it serve?
e)  What is a deliverable? What is the relationship between phases and deliverables?
f)   What is project kick-off meeting? What purpose does it serve?


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Learning Team: Project Charter

Virtual Organization Chosen: Riordan Manufacturing
This is a consolidated source of information which lays the foundation for successful completion of any project by identifying your project vision and communicating the overall approach for a project to all key stakeholder audiences.
The charter will contain the following:
    • Background of the organization and any information or statement of needs

        that helps explain how the project came to be
    • Goals and objectives of the project in language that is both concise and

    • Project scope delineated so that all parties involved are aware of what the

        project includes as well as what it does not
    • Budgetary limitations
Write 1 to 2 pages on your findings.
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Individual: Project Task List and Schedule

includes MS Project file with Work Breakdown Structure

You have been tasked with the project of organizing a company offsite 2-day training session in which people are brought in from different parts of the country. This entails everything from preparation, accommodations, and facilities.
Create a Microsoft Project file for the project that includes the following:
    • Create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) that includes all project tasks

        (hierarchically grouped) and durations.
    • Establish task precedence relationships.
    • Show milestones and deliverables.
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Supporting Activity

a) What is a WBS? What purpose does the WBS serve?
b) What makes estimating an IT project challenging?
c) What can lead to inaccurate estimates? How can an organization improve the accuracy of estimating IT projects?
d) What is the impact of consistently estimating too low? Too high?
e) Why is counting lines of code (LOC) a popular method for estimating and tracking programmer productivity?  What are some problems associated with this method?


Supporting Activity

a) What are phase exits, stage gates, and kill points? What purpose do they serve?
b) What is a business case? Why should an organization develop a business case?
c) Describe technical feasibility.
d) Describe the criteria that should be used to make a project selection decision.
e) Describe the balanced scorecard approach.

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CMGT/410 Week 3


Learning Team: Project Schedule

Virtual Organization Chosen: Riordan Manufacturing
This is the core of any project plan used to communicate what tasks are needed and the order of sequence to be done to meet deadlines and deliverables.
Using your project charter completed in Week Two as a guide, complete the following:
      • A 1-page Business Requirements Document (BRD) that provides details

          regarding the expectations (such as user, system, and functional requirements)

         that must be met for achieving project goals
      • A Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and Gantt chart, developed as an MS

          Project file, showing discrete work tasks, grouped hierarchically in a way that

           helps to organize and define the total work scope of the project
      • Gantt diagram showing duration estimates for all tasks and their sequencing

          (including precedence relations) and highlighting any critical path(s) arising

            from task dependencies ultimately determining the minimal duration of a


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Individual: Project Resources and Budget

Option#1 = 1,393 words

Optioin#2 = 890 words!
The project for the company offsite 2-day training session has been given a preliminary go-ahead. However, a budget needs to be submitted for approval.
Update the Microsoft Project file submitted in Week Two by adding the following information:
    • Identify resources (both personnel and materiel) needed for the project.
    • Assign the resources to the project tasks.
    • Estimate the costs for the resources, and add the costs to the resource information in the

       Microsoft Project file.
    • Estimate the total cost for the project, using the Microsoft Project budget or cost reports.
Submit all Individual assignments (Project Proposal and Project Task
List and Schedule) with updates based on instructor feedback.
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Supporting Activity

  1. What is the difference between crashing and fast tracking a project’s schedule?
  2. Why should the project manager ensure that the project resources are leveled?
  3. Why should assumptions used in estimating be documented?
  4. What is a baseline plan?
  5. Define predecessor, successor and parallel activities.

Supporting Activity

  1. Why should a project manager be concerned with monitoring a project’s progress?
  2. What is the purpose of a project communication plan? What kinds of things should this plan address?
  3. What is quality?
  4. What is the relationship between standards and metrics?
  5. What is the purpose of change control?
  6. How can a company protect data on corporate laptops? Why do more organizations choose not to protect such data? Do you expect this to become a legal requirement in the future? Explain why you think so.


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CMGT/410 Week 4

Learning Team: Project Costing
The allocation and cost of resources need to be carefully monitored if a project is to be delivered on-time and on-budget.
At a minimum, this assignment will contain an update to the Microsoft Project file submitted in Week Three, including the following:  

    •   Allocation of resources to project tasks (both labor and material), shown as

          resource assignments in the Microsoft Project file (1 hr.)    

    •  Cost estimates for project resources, entered into the resources information

         portion of the Microsoft Project file (hr 0.5)
    •  Develop a baseline for your project plan so that all future variances are

        captured. (hr 0.5)

In addition, write a 1-page summary document explaining any relevant facts about the project duration, number or type of resources, critical task sequencing, or how duration estimates were arrived at, and any financial implications (for example, budget or cost reports of the project as well).
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Individual: Agile Project Management Practices

Option#1 = 472 words

Optioin#2 = 373 words!

As a project manager, you are going to prepare two project outlines for the development of a mobile application. One project outline uses a waterfall model, another uses an agile method.
Prepare two project outlines using Microsoft Project. Each outline shall consist of a task list and a Gantt chart showing task durations and precedence relationships.
Include a 350- to 700-word brief explanation of how the two project outlines differ. Be sure to address how Agile addresses complexity and uncertainty.
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Supporting Activity

1.    What is the purpose of a contract?
2.    What is outsourcing? How does it relate to Project Procurement Management?
3.    What is offshoring or offshore outsourcing?
4.    Why is writing a good contract important for an outsourcing relationship?
5.    What are some hidden costs of outsourcing? Why is it important to consider these costs?


Supporting Activity

1.    What qualities are required for a good project manager?
2.    Describe the five practices for exemplary leadership.
3.    What is emotional intelligence?
4.    What is the definition of ethics?
5.    Define culture.
6.    How can a project manager change, maintain or create culture?


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CMGT/410 Week 5

Learning Team: Project Evaluation and Control

Virtual Organization Chosen: Riordan Manufacturing

A project must be executed effectively and with minimal waste to establish confidence. A plan for performance measurement requires identifying which critical elements should be measured, how they are measured, and when they are measured to communicate if the project is on track.


Write a 2- to 3-page paper on your findings. At a minimum the section will contain the following:
    • Measurable objectives identified as milestones on the Gantt chart    

    • Risk mitigation strategy for analyzing and reporting unplanned changes as well

        what procedures you will plan to implement for handling change control issues

    • Description of project reporting regarding the on-going evaluation and status

        of project efforts to stakeholder and participants on the project team
    • Method for determining whether the project has met its objectives and how

        the project is terminated
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Individual: Comparison of Project Management Models

Option#1 = 1,363 words

Optioin#2 = 1,464 words!

Consider the following scenario:
Your company has been using Traditional Project Management (TPM) methods for years, but is now looking into the possibility of adopting agile practices. Your boss has asked you to prepare a paper comparing TPM to agile practices and summarizing the benefits and limitations of
Write a 5- to 7-page paper including, at a minimum, the following information:
    • Briefly describe the TPM waterfall method.
    • Briefly describe one or more Agile project management approaches.
    • Compare and contrast TPM and Agile methods, emphasizing the strengths and

       weaknesses of each.
    • Discuss what kind of projects would be more appropriate for TPM approaches

        and what types would be more appropriate for Agile approaches.
    • Discuss how a project approach is selected for different types of project.

Provide an example by selecting an approach for one of the following projects, and explaining your rationale for the selection. Remember to focus on the project approach and not get involved in the technical details of the project.
    • Converting a large enterprise from using IPv4 to IPv6.
    • Managing a Business Process Reengineering (BPR) project to modernize and

       integrate a major company's business systems (accounting, sales, logistics,

        manufacturing, etc.) into an enterprisewide unified architecture.
    • Building a new data center for an international business.
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Supporting Activity

  1. What leads to uncertainty in an IT project?
  2. What is project risk management?
  3. What are the seven IT project risk management processes?
  4. What is risk monitoring and control?  

Supporting Activity

  1. You are asked to make a copy of a magazine article and include it in new software you are writing.  You see that the article has a copyright notice.  What is the best thing to do?
  2. Your company is in competition to win a major project for the government of country X.  You are told that you must make a large payment to the foreign minister in order to be considered for the project.  What is the best thing to do?
  3. You provide a project estimate for the project to the project sponsor.  The project sponsor is unhappy with the estimate, because the project sponsor thinks the price should be lower.  The project sponsor asks you to cut 15% off the project estimate.  What should you do?
  4. What is wrong with the idea of just expecting people to adapt to a new system by compliance?
  5.  What are some best practices for measuring project success?