Brief project description and issues encountered

Meetings were held on saturday mornings at a local

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deliverables so that the whole team would have access to it. Meetings were held on Saturday mornings at a local coffee shop to work on the deliverables and discuss the next stages of the project. It was decided that the best approach would be to have an expert present on the topic. This would not only facilitate a greater discussion and ability to answer questions but also give real world experience about the topic as opposed to theoretical knowledge. The selected contact was a representative from Pentair named Mike Bauman. He was involved in training employees on the process of lean manufacturing at Pentair. Finally the location was selected to be in the STSS building in room 330. This room was reserved by going to the university website for room reservations and booking the room. Finally the date was selected to be on Thursday December 1 st as it worked for the team and the Pentair representative to all attend.
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The project scope had stayed consistent throughout the semester. However, it became unclear one week after the due date of the first status report whether the representative from Pentair would be able to attend the seminar. Thus, the group spent a week creating a contingency plan between November 6 th and November 13 th . Time was spent researching and creating another presentation for the seminar in case the representative could not attend. The website was used as the primary source of information. At the end of the week, it became clear that the original presenter would be able to attend the seminar. These delays caused some activities to be postponed, which changed the Gantt chart. However, the activities contained a good amount of slack, so the project timeline was not affected much by the delays.
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  • Fall '08
  • LOPS
  • Project Management, major tasks, Pentair, lean manufacturing seminar, WebVista discussion board

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