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Running head: THE ORION SHIELD PROJECT ANALYSIS The Orion Shield Project Analysis Amanda Kiebler University of Maryland University College
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THE ORION SHIELD PROJECT ANALYSIS 2 Executive Summary Gary Allison was working as a talented project engineer for 14 years at Scientific Engineering Corporation (SEC). He was given an opportunity to be a Project Manager on an incoming project, the Orion Shield, by his manager, Henry Larsen. Henry Larsen insisted on having an experienced engineer and someone who would be easily manipulated, as the Project Manager. Gary Allison had no prior experience in project managing, but accepted the position anyway. This paper takes a close look at the technical, ethical, legal, contractual and other project management issues Gary Allison faces as he tries to work through the Orion Shield Project. Gary was seen spending way too much time doing various aspects of the project and not enough time managing. There were numerous oversights and failures by Henry Larsen and Gary Allison that led to delays in the project schedule and ended up way over budget. Gary Allison was given absurd tasks to complete by Sarah Wilson at SIT, which backed up the R&D on Gary’s end. The Orion Shield Project should have been handled by an experienced project manager, not someone like Gary Allison who had no formal training or knowledge of project management. Gary was unable to plan the scope, schedule and cost of the project due to lack of knowledge and eventually cost him his position as a project manager.
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THE ORION SHIELD PROJECT ANALYSIS 3 Introduction Gary Allison was chosen to be a project manager on a new project at Scientific Engineering Corporation (SEC), the Orion Shield Project. Gary had no prior experience in project management, as he worked for 14 years as a project engineer. Henry Larsen, the Director of Engineering, wanted Gary Allison for the position so he could manipulate him in running the project his way, unethically. We’re going to take a look at the technical, ethical, legal, contractual and other project management issues that Gary faced during his time on the Orion Shield Project. Technical Issues Way before the Orion Shield Project was started, before the proposal was even written and accepted, there were issues. One of the main requirements was the material used needed to withstand conditions of between 65F to 145F. Gary Allison knew the materials they had could withstand conditions of 130F max. Henry Larsen told Gary to state in the proposal the materials could withstand conditions of 155F [The03]. The next technical issue they encountered is Henry
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