MAN 435 - 7A - MAN-435 Project Management Project...

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MAN-435 Project Management Project Management: Achieving Competitive Advantage, by Jeffrey K. Pinto, (Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice-Hall, 2007). ISBN-13: 978-0-558-39543-8 Written Assignment 7 This assignment covers text chapters 13 and 14. Some of the questions are adapted from Discussion Questions in the text. Be sure you complete all 5 questions. 1. The four components of any control model are discussed on page 411. Apply these four components for a simple project such as paving a driveway. (Objective 7.2) 1. Setting a goal. The project goal would be to pave the driveway. Initially we’d set a baseline plan for the project, followed by an accurate Work Breakdown Structure ( WBS) process. Establishing all the deliverables and work packages associated with the project, assigning the personnel responsible for the individual tasks, and creates a visual chart of the project from highest level down through the basic task and subtask levels. Laying out each task in a network diagram with resources and time durations. 2. Measuring progress. Implementing effective control systems would require accurate project measurement. Project managers would need an ongoing system to allow then to measure the ongoing status involved in paving a driveway, something that provides information quickly and efficiently with enough detail. MS project would be fine however, in this small single project a timeline calendar would work as well. 3. Comparing actual with planned performance. Once the baseline and a method for accurately measuring progress is established, we would then compare the two pieces of information. A gap analysis can be used as a basis for testing the project’s status. 4. Taking action. If deviations in the gap plan are suggested, corrective action to minimize or remove the deviation would be established.
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2. One means of measuring progress is milestone analysis described on pages 414 to 416. Shipbuilding is marked by milestones such as laying the keel, floating the hull out of the building dock, fitting out the hull alongside the dock, sea trials, and final acceptance. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using milestone analysis over S-curve analysis as a means of measuring performance? (Objective 7.3) The drawbacks to the S-curve in shipbuilding, when trying to measure performance, is that S-curves identify budget expenditure. With a milestone analysis a performance measurement would be taken measuring the significant accomplishments or important activity on the critical path of the project marking a direction toward the completion of ship building. 1. Milestones signal the completion of important project steps. – Important indicator of the current status of the project(s) under development. Providing the team with a common language to discuss project status. 2. Milestones can motivate the project team.
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