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SEITZ HUNTSVILLE PROJECT HUNTSVILLE PLANT REPORT Phi Yen Dang PM586
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INTRODUCTION Project planning is a key component to the success of any project. The Seitz Huntsville Plant Expansion project is a large project with a budget of $2.75M and an aggressive timeline of eighteen months. Janet Clark, the project manager for Huntsville project seems very determined in implementing this project to commit the project success. She has all the support of the board of directors, the company, the project sponsor and access to resources and technology at the corporate plant. Steve Pokorski, the Vice President of Operations, and Joe Downs, the Director of Plant Engineering, were also asked to help Janet in anyway to make the project a success. JANET’S STRATEGY The project sponsor asked Janet to furnish the Project artifacts before proceeding further and Janet’s approach was to convert her task list to Project Charter, Scope Statement, Project Schedule and WBS. Since she had already created a task list, it was easier for her to build a WBS but that certainly is correct path. Janet, to the best of my knowledge, should have created a Project Charter first with the help of her assistants. This is the most basic initiation of any project. A charter document is the “WHAT” of a project and if not planning properly, the project is destined to fail. Charter document is used to communicate between the Project Teams, Stake holders and the rest of the company about the Project. This document is the foundation of the Project. It authorizes the project manager to proceed with the project. After creating the Project Charter and seeking approval from the board of Directors, Janet already had the help from the headquarter plant’s Director and VP who could help her with staffing by promoting and moving employees to Huntsville. At this point, Janet should have called a project team meeting
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and discuss the Scope statement. If this was not possible, she could have asked for help from her assistants in building a Scope Statement and obtain approval from the stakeholders. In this case, the boards of directors are most probably the stake holders. After getting an approval on Project Charter and Scope Statement, Janet should have gotten help from her employees/assistants on identifying the work packages and collecting them as WBS. Scope should have been decomposed into work packages and then organized with indents and without dependencies. Over all, Janet’ approach towards
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