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PROJ586 All Course Projects Latest 2016 November

PROJ586 Week 1 – Course Project – Project Charter Latest 2016 NovemberWeek 1 Project Guidelines – Charter For this Course Project, you may choose a project that is of interest to you, or you may choose one to assist you in your senior project. When selecting a project, avoid picking one that is either too big or too small. For example, do not decide to build a new stadium for your local sports team (too big) or to plant your summer garden (too small). Projects may vary from a few hundred thousand dollars to a few million dollars. Projects should last somewhere between 6 months and 2 years. Be sure your selection is an actual project and not routine work. Pick a project you have some experience and familiarity. Do not pick a topic, such as a construction project, unless you understand construction well.I suggest you negotiate with your instructor this week until the two of you agree on a reasonable project for this Course Project. Do not begin work on a project charter until the instructor has approved your project idea. Good luck and have fun!Some successful project ideas.The opening of a coffee shopAn open house for a local social service agencyA meditation pool and platformA redevelopment of a local playgroundDesign and installation of a computer network for a small businessSoftware development projectA project to build a house is NOT acceptableInstructions: Project CharterUsing the project that you chose, create a Project Charter using the Project Charter Template listed in the Templates section.Project NameProject NumberProject ManagerPrioritizationOwner(s)Start Date:Scheduled Completion Date:Mission/ PurposeWhat is your project going to accomplish? How does this project relate to overall goals and objectives of the company?It is part of a program or larger project?SOWWhat will this project create? What is the product of the project? At a high level, how do you plan on doing the work of the project?What are the high-level deliverables for this project?ObjectivesWhat objectives, if any, of the company is this project designed to meet?Business NeedWhy should we do this project?What will be gained, changed, or modified?Is there a financial or business reason to do this project?This area should contain any feasibility studies, NPV, PI, PB, or PBD used to advance the project.Project Manager and StakeholdersWho will lead this project? Who are the major stakeholders?MilestonesWhat are the key milestone dates associated with the project?BudgetWhat is the order-of-magnitude budget for this project?User Acceptance Criteria/QualityWhat are the minimum success criteria as defined by the key stakeholders?High-Level Project AssumptionsWhat are the assumptions on which the project is based?High-Level Project ConstraintsWhat are the major limiting factors that affect the project?Exclusions and BoundariesWhat are the boundaries of the project? What is to be included and what is to be excluded from the project?Major RisksWhat are the major risks affecting the project?KEY STAKEHOLDERSProject Manager Authority LevelProject Core TeamSubject Matter Experts (SMEs)(include company and channel designations if applicable)APPROVALSType NameSignatureDateProject Manager Approval:Customer/Sponsor Approval:PROJ586 Week 2 – Course Project – Scope Statement Latest 2016 NovemberWeek 2 Project Guidelines – Scope Statement and WBSCongratulations, your project charter was approved by management or the project’s customer. It is now time to write the project scope statement. This week’s lecture will be of great help in creating this document. Please read the lecture before starting this assignment.Project Scope StatementUsing the information established in the project charter and additional research, create the Project Scope Statement using the template provided in the Week 2 Lesson.WBSFollowing the sample from the Project Templates above, create a WBS for your Project.Project Scope StatementProject NameProject NumberProject ManagerPrioritizationOwner(s)Statement of Work—Project DescriptionandProject ProductThis section is typically a detailed amplification of the project SOW and mission from the Project Charter.This also includes how you intent to accomplish the project.“We intend to do this. . . and here are the steps we intend to use to accomplish the project.”This section is typically a detailed amplification of the SOW product description from the Project Charter.What will the product of the project look like or what should it be able to do when completed?Project DeliverablesWhat are the tangible outputs or services of this project? What big-picture items will have to be created or performed in order to accomplish the statement of work?These are the deliverables to be found in the WBS.Project ObjectivesWhat are the cost, schedule, and quality objectives of this project?Project AssumptionsWhat are the assumptions on which the project is based?Project ConstraintsWhat are the major limiting factors that affect the project?ExclusionsWhat are the boundaries of the project? What is to be included and what is to be excluded from the project?Acceptance CriteriaWhat must the product be able to do when completed to be acceptable to the customer?What standards or regulations must the product meet? What performance specifications must the product meet to be acceptable to the customer?Technical RequirementsHow should the product work?What features should it have?What functionality must it have?APPROVALSType NameSignatureDateProject Manager Approval:Customer/Sponsor Approval:Week 3 Project Guidelines – Microsoft Project Congratulations! You have just completed the project charter and scope statement. Now that you know what needs to be done, as the Project Manager, you are now ready to begin planning your project schedule.This week, you will have two deliverables to complete for the project.Using MS Project, create a project schedule and align resources—35 pointsAnalyze project schedule and resource allocation: two essay questions—20 pointsPlease provide these two deliverables (MS Project file and MS Word document) to the Week 3 Dropbox. Please refer to the course Syllabus for your due date.To help guide you through these deliverables, please follow the three step process below.Step 1: Update MS Project with Resource InformationThe following steps should be followed when setting up your Course Project with Microsoft Project 2013.Set the basic project informationOpen MS Project. Click on the File button (top left), select Save as and enter the file name as (your name) cp1. For example, SmithJanecp1.mpp.Click on the Project tab and select Project Information. In the Project Information dialogue box, set the start date of your project.Leave other dates as is. Click on OK.Set basic Gantt chart format (use also for tracking Gantt chart view).Right click on the mouse in the gray area of the Gantt chart on the right side of the screen where the dates in month and days are for the menu and select Timescale.In the Timescale dialogue box:Select the Middle Tier tab set Units to Quarters.Select the Bottom Tier tab set Units to Months.Click on OK.Setup the default task units to weeksClick the File tab, and then click Options.In the Project Options dialog box, click Schedule.Under Scheduling options in this project, set the following.New tasks created select Auto ScheduledDuration is entered in select WeeksDefault task type select Fixed DurationClick OK to close the dialog box.Set up the Resource Sheet.Once you have set the defaults, we are ready to move on. If you have not done so already, you need to create the project’s work packages and activities from the Project’s WBS. Once this is done, insert your project name, deliverables, work packages, and activities in the column Task Name in MS Project.Enter the task durations in the Duration Column.Enter the predecessor(s) for each task in the predecessors column. If there is no duration or predecessor listed, leave the column blank. Note: If you do not see the Predecessors Column, move the vertical line between the Entry Form and the Gantt chart to the right to reveal the column. Click on the line and drag to move it. Columns can be expanded or contracted individually to accommodate information the same way column width is adjusted in MS Excel.Analyze your Schedule and Network DiagramTo see the network diagram, click on View, then select Network Diagram. Activities on the Critical Path are outlined in red, while noncritical path activities are outlined in blue. You will need this information to answer the essay question in Step 3.Step 2: Allocate ResourcesOnce you have the WBS created in MS Projects, you need to assign resources to each activity. Remember only assign resources to activities, not other items on the WBS. Before you can do this, you need to create a resources sheet in MS Projects. To create a Resource sheet, click on View, Resource Sheet. Enter the Resource name, whether it is a human resource, a cost, or a material. Once this is finished, one can tie these resources to individual activities. Don’t worry about costs, as that is next week’s work.To assign your resources to the aligned tasks in MS Project, follow the steps below.Assign hourly resources and costs to the tasks that you have already entered.Choose View—Gantt Chart. Place active window on the first task.Click on the Double Headed icon on the upper tool bar (Assign Resources), or click Alt-F10.In the resource assignment window, select the appropriate resource for each activity.Repeat for all resources and activities according to the Resource List above.Analyze Your Resource Allocation and AssignmentsThere are several methods to check for over-allocated resources.Click on View, Resource Sheet—Resource(s) in red color are over-allocated.Click on View, Resource Usage—Resource(s) in red color are over-allocated resource(s) by date.Click on Project, Reports. A dialog box appears, click on Assignments then Select. Then click the report for Overallocated Resources, and then Select to print or view.Remember with resources you need to assign how much time (by a percentage) each resource will be allocated to each activity. Simply lowering a given percentage may clear an over-allocation, but in real life this is not possible. One must come up with a better method do clear resource over-allocations.You will need this information to answer the essay question in Step 3.Step 3: Answer the Following Essay QuestionsNow that your project schedule has been created and your resources have been allocated, please analyze your results and answer the following essay questions. In your analysis, be sure to identify the critical path and relate any time reduction opportunities to specific activities in the WBS.Essay Question #1: Now that you have created a WBS and resource loaded schedule in MS Projects, what is your critical path? Does this critical path make sense? Do your predecessors make sense? How accurate are your durations? What could be done to improve the accuracy of your durations?Essay Question #2: Are there any resources over-allocated? If yes, during which month(s) and what are some ways this might be addressed? Do not simply lower the percentage allocated to an overallocated activity.Using your own words, I am looking for a one- to three-page essay report that addresses the essay questions above.Remember, the report must be to a level of clarity and depth that would be readily understood by the executive management; in other words do not repeat the questions, avoid a simple yes or no answer. Do support your analysis with both in-text citation and references from the textbook, The PMBOK® Guide or other juried sources.In addition to the one- to three-page essay, include a cover sheet and a reference page. Use APA style format, double-space, one-inch margins, Times New Roman, and 12-point font size.Week 4 Update Microsoft Project Most projects have fixed costs to account for. These are such things as mortgages and other costs that do not change with production. Fixed costs need to be accounted for in projects. If your project has fixed costs, follow the following steps.Step1 Update Microsoft Project with Fixed Cost InformationResource Fixed Cost List Instructions Microsoft Project 2013The following steps should be followed when setting up your project fixed costs with Microsoft Project:Go to the gray area at the top of the project on the Duration column and Right Click and choose Insert Column. Type in Fixed Cost and hit enter.Enter the fixed costs above in the fixed cost column as listed adjacent to the appropriate tasks.Step 2 Update Microsoft Project with Variable Cost InformationVariable Resource List Most projects have variable costs. These are costs that change with the amount of work being done. These are commonly seen as dollar per hour costs. Most of your resources will be dollar per hour costs. Follow the steps below to enter this data. Resource Variable Cost List Instructions for Microsoft 2013Using this information, go back into the Resource Sheet to update the hourly rate for each resource.Click on the View tab. Click on the Resource Sheet icon under the Resource Views section. The resource sheet icon is the middle icon on the right of this view with two heads. Check to make sure the Type field is Work and enter the dollar amount above for the hourly rate for each resource in the Std. Rate column.To access various reports with cost and other information select Reports under the Project Step 3 Answer the Following Essay QuestionsAnswer the Following Essay QuestionsNow that your project schedule has been created, your resources have been loaded, and your resource costs have been allocated, please analyze your results and answer the following questions. After you enter all of your resources, answer the following questions.What is your total budget for this project? Does this budget make sense? (15 points)What can be done to lower the budget and reduce the project’s duration? (15 points)Formulate the above responses into a two- to three-page essay report. Remember, the report must be to a level of clarity and depth that would be readily understood by the executive management. Do support your analysis with both in-text citation and references from the textbook, The PMBOK® Guide, or other juried sources. Include a cover sheet and a reference page. Use APA style format, double-space, one-inch margins, Times New Roman, and 12-point font size.Week 5 Course Project DeliverablesGreat job planning out your project, so far! You and your project team are well underway with planning your project, and you know that it is very important to perform risk management. This week, there is one deliverable:Create risk matrix, and address how risk response plans would be addressed – 20 pointsTo help guide you through this deliverable, please follow the six step process of risk management found in the Lesson. Using the Risk Matrix linked under Project Templates near the top of this page, identify five positive and five negative risks that could occur on this project, and complete the risk matrix. Write a five page essay to describe, in your own words, your risk management plan to include the risk matrix, risk responses, and how you will monitor and control these risks.Week 6 Course Project DeliverablesWow! Your project is moving along nicely. Now let’s look at communications and meetings for your project. This week, there are two deliverables.Create communication plan—discuss the types of meetings that would be needed – 15 pointsCreate a meeting agenda for a status or progress meeting with your team – 15 pointsPlease provide these two deliverables (MS Word documents) to the Week 6 Dropbox.Step 1: Using the Communication Plan template above, identify the types of meetings that will need to take place for this project. Complete the communication plan. Write a one page essay to describe, in your own words, the communication plan, and why it is important for this project. Step 2: Write a one to two page essay on what you will do as the project manager to hold an effective progress meeting with your team members. Include your approach to prepare for the meeting, describe what you will do during the meeting, and the actions you will take after the meeting. In addition, provide a one page sample meeting agenda that you will use during this progress report meeting. Remember, the essay report must be to a level of clarity and depth that would be readily understood by the executive management. Do support your analysis with both in-text citation and references from the textbook, The PMBOK® Guide or other juried sources. Include a cover sheet and a reference page. Use APA style format, double space, one inch margins, Times New Roman, and 12 point font size.Week 7 Course Project DeliverablesWow! Your project has been successfully planned, and you are ready to move into the performing stage! Before you do, take a closer look at how this project is fitting into the broader organizational structure, and how you see this project being structured within the organization.This week, there are two deliverables:Discuss the organizational structure and how this may have helped the project – 20 pointsDiscuss how you did on this project and any lessons learned for you. Self reflection – What did you learn? – 20 pointsPlease provide these two deliverables (MS Word documents) to the Week 7 Dropbox.To help guide you through these deliverables, please follow the two step process on the following pages. Step 1: Write a one to two page essay addressing the type of organizational structure you see this project operating under, and why. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this operating structure, compared to the other structures? Step 2: Now that you have worked through this Course Project, what did you learn? Write a two page essay and describe what you learned as you went through this project. What will you take away from this course, and what will you apply to your projects or personal life?

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