PROJ6003 Project Execution and Control

Context:

During project execution, project managers ensure that project work is completed as specified in the Project Management Plan and according to project requirements. Requirements may change throughout the course of a project. Changes need to be controlled, ensuring all of their impacts upon the project are managed effectively and are incorporated into existing management plans and project baselines.

The process of directing and managing project work requires project managers to take on numerous responsibilities and to exhibit characteristics such as attention to detail, constant communication and effective leadership.

Instructions:

For this Assessment refer to the assessment case study found in Key Learning Resources.

There are two parts for this assessment: 1 Discussion Forum (Part A) that prepares students to write a Change Management Plan (Part B).

Each student will construct an initial response in approximately 350 words to the following questions and post on the Module discussion forums. Students will be graded individually on how students demonstrate/share project change management theories and contribute to the general discussion of the topic over weeks 2, 3 & 4 as well as their 250-words written response. The initial and responding posts must be submitted by the end of Module 2 (Total 600 words).

Part A: Module 1-2 Discussion Forums

Managing Project Changes

Why is change management a necessary component of project management? What processes or strategies do you think would work best to analyse, assess and manage changes to the given project? Recall any tools or techniques you have used to stay organised and keep professional projects on track. How have these tools and techniques helped you to manage change? Perhaps you created schedules using software like ProjectLibre or Microsoft Project. Or, potentially, you created a task list using MS Word or an application on your mobile device. Maybe, you used an issue tracking software to monitor progress.

Output:

Part A – Complete your posts by the end of Module 2.

Part B: Change Control

Based upon the given/approved case study, in groups or as an individual, develop a report on change control. In your report:

  1. Identify what processes are involved in submitting a request to deal with the changes necessary from your understanding of the case study.

  2. Identify and critically analyse changes required and the impacts on scope, time, cost and quality of the project and the techniques used to manage them.

  3. Identify and discuss options to satisfy the change request and any associated risks for each change.

  4. Complete the change request/control form provided or one that is used from a workplace.

The written part of your change control report should consist of 1000 words/student.

If you work in group, nominate a group leader and this group leader will submit the assessment on behalf of the group.

Output:

Complete and submit your change control report by the end of Module 3.

Learning Resources:

Heldman, K. (2013). PMP Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide (7th ed.). Indianapolis, IN: Wiley

  • Chapter 8: Developing the Project Team (Read the section on ‘Directing and Managing Project Work’)

  • Chapter 10: Measuring and Controlling Project Performance (Read the section on ‘Managing Perform Integrated Change Control’)

  • Chapter 11: Controlling Work Results (Read the sections from ‘Managing Cost Changes’ to and including ‘Validating Project Scope’)

    ProjectLibre. (n.d.). ProjectLibre: Open source replacement of Microsoft Project [Software download]. Retrieved from http://www.projectlibre.org/home

    Project Management Institute. (2013). A guide to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK Guide®) (5th ed.). Newtown Square, Pennsylvania: Project Management Institute.

  • Section 3.5: Executing Process Group

  • Section 3.6: Monitoring and Controlling Process Group

  • Section 4.3: Direct and Manage Project Work

  • Section 4.4: Monitor and Control Project Work

  • Section 4.5: Perform Integrated Change Control

  • Section 5.5: Validate Scope

  • Section 5.6: Control Scope

  • Section 6.7: Control Schedule

  • Section 7.4: Control Costs

  • Section 11.6: Control Risks

Snyder, C. S. (2013). A project manager’s book of forms: A companion to the PMBOK guide (2nd ed.). Indianapolis, IN: Wiley.

  •   Change Log Template (Word document)

  •   Change Management Plan Template (Word document)

  •   Change Request Template (Word document)

    Wysocki, R. K. (2012). Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme (6th ed.). Indianapolis, IN: Wiley.

  •   Chapter 6: How to Launch a TPM Project (sections ‘Recruiting the Project Team’ to ‘Assigning Resources’).

  •   Chapter 7: How to Monitor and Control a TPM (Read the sections from ‘Managing Project Status Meetings’ to and including ‘Putting It All Together’).

 

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