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FZMR05 Research Methods And Project Management

0 Download 7 Pages / 1,700 Words 04-11-2020
• Course Code: FZMR05
• University: University Of Reading
• Country: United Kingdom

Question:

This assignment is designed to test your capabilities with a range of PM analytical techniques.

Task

The planning phase for a Network Installation project has generated:-

• A Work Breakdown Structure. Table 1
• A probabilistic estimate of Normal, Optimistic and Pessimistic durations. Table 2
• A set of costs and durations for crashing purposes. Table 3
• A set of resource costing data. Table 4
1. Produce a basic schedule, using eg a Gantt chart which clearly shows:-
2. The project duration based on Normal task durations.
3. The project critical path.
• The total project cost.

Clearly state any decisions you have made, assumptions and outcomes.

The project sponsor would like the project to be completed by March 1st 2017.

When would you need to start in order to achieve this.

1. b) Apply a Probabilistic technique (PERT) and produce an AON network for the project using expected time. Explain/estimate:-
2. How (and by how much) this differs from the normal time predicted in a)
3. The probability of completing 3 days earlier than your normal time.
• The duration if you want to be 99% certain of completion.
1. c) The project sponsor would like to know the cost of completing the project up to  2 working weeks quicker.

Crash the project using EITHER a “manual” technique OR Excel Solver.

In either case provide an AoA diagram.

If you crash manually you will need to provide a concise narrative of the method you used and the final version of the network.

If you use the SOLVER you will need to provide evidence of the constraints used.

In either case, provide a copy of the cost v duration graph.

Table 1:- Work Breakdown Structure with resources for Network Installation Project

 WBS ID Task Name Duration Predecessors Resource Names 1 Phase I – Planning and design of LAN 1.1 Project start 0 1.2 Technical Specifications determined 10 1.1 Administrative Assistant,Chief Editor,Project Manager,Senior Programmer,Senior Writer,System Analysts,Systems Consultant,Vice President-Management Information Systems,Writers 1.3 Design Plan developed 3 1.2 Chief Editor,Project Manager,System Analysts,Vice President-Management Information Systems 2 Phase II – Preparation for installation 2.1 Equipment ordering 2 1.3 Administrative Assistant 2.2 System prototype 20 2.1 Programmers,Senior Programmer,System Analysts,Systems Consultant 2.3 Configuration 10 2.1 Programmers,Senior Tester,Systems Consultant,Testers 2.4 Testing 5 2.3 Senior Tester,Testers 2.5 Site analysis 5 2.1 Junior Programmers,Programmers,System Analysts,Testers 3 Phase III – Installation 3.1 Site installation 3 2.2,2.3,2.5 Project Manager,Senior Tester,System Analysts,Systems Consultant,Testers 3.2 Documentation set-up 10 3.1,2.4 Chief Editor,Senior Writer,Writers 4 Phase IV – Installation follow-up 4.1 Orientation for client 2 3.2 Administrative Assistant,Programmers,Project Manager,System Analysts,Systems Consultant 4.2 Support to client 5 3.1 Project Manager,Senior Programmer,Senior Tester,Senior Writer,Systems Consultant 4.3 Post-installation review 3 4.2 Chief Editor,Project Manager,System Analysts,Systems Consultant,Vice President-Management Information Systems 4.4 System acceptance 0 4.3, 4.1

Table 2 Uncertainty of Durations in the Network Installation

 WBS ID Task Name Predecessors Normal Duration Optimistic Duration Pessimistic Duration 1 Phase I – Planning and design of LAN 1.1 Project start 0 0 0 1.2 Technical Specifications determined 1.1 10 7 15 1.3 Design Plan developed 1.2 3 2 5 2 Phase II – Preparation for installation 2.1 Equipment ordering 1.3 2 2 2 2.2 System prototype 2.1 20 15 30 2.3 Configuration 2.1 10 8 24 2.4 Testing 2.3 5 4 8 2.5 Site analysis 2.1 5 3 5 3 Phase III – Installation 3.1 Site installation 2.2,2.3,2.5 3 3 3 3.2 Documentation set-up 3.1,2.4 10 8 15 4 Phase IV – Installation follow-up 4.1 Orientation for client 3.2 2 2 2 4.2 Support to client 3.1 5 4 6 4.3 Post-installation review 4.2 3 2 4 4.4 System acceptance 4.3, 4.1 0 0 0

Table 3 Crash Durations and Costs

 WBS ID Task Name Normal Duration Crashed Duration Crashed cost 1 Phase I – Planning and design of LAN 1.1 Project start 0 1.2 Technical Specifications determined 10 7 £54,700.00 1.3 Design Plan developed 3 2 £8,600.00 2 Phase II – Preparation for installation 2.1 Equipment ordering 2 2 £240.00 2.2 System prototype 20 15 £57,800.00 2.3 Configuration 10 8 £29,400.00 2.4 Testing 5 4 £7,900.00 2.5 Site analysis 5 3 £24,400.00 3 Phase III – Installation 3.1 Site installation 3 3 £7,680.00 3.2 Documentation set-up 10 8 £20,200.00 4 Phase IV – Installation follow-up 4.1 Orientation for client 2 2 £4,540.00 4.2 Support to client 5 4 £8,500.00 4.3 Post-installation review 3 2 £9,700.00 4.4 System acceptance 0

*Assume that all tasks can be crashed incrementally

Table 4 Resources and costs.

 Resource Name Initials Max. Units Std. Rate Ovt. Rate Vice President-Management Information Systems VPMIS 100% £500.00/day £0.00/hr Project Manager PM 100% £300.00/day £0.00/hr Chief Editor CW 100% £300.00/day £0.00/hr Senior Programmer SP 100% £250.00/day £0.00/hr Senior Writer SW 100% £250.00/day £0.00/hr Senior Tester ST 100% £250.00/day £0.00/hr Systems Consultant SC 100% £250.00/day £0.00/hr System Analysts (Team of 4) SA 150% £100.00/hr £150.00/hr Testers (team of 4) T 150% £120.00/hr £180.00/hr Writers (Team of 5) W 150% £125.00/hr £190.00/hr Programmers (Team of 4) P 150% £100.00/hr £160.00/hr Administrative Assistant AA 100% £15.00/hr £25.00/hr Junior Programmers (Team of 4) JP 100% £60.00/hr £90.00/hr

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