1. Formulate appropriate project life cycle and integrate project management process groups to deliver successful project outcomes.
Imagine the voluminous processes which are needed to successfully complete a project. As a project manager, you must see the big picture and coordinate the integration of these processes throughout a project life cycle (PLC). You begin by considering common elements to most projects. In addition, you reflect on the process of integration by considering the steps necessary for beginning a project. For good project management, it is not only necessary to work towards a successful final project. Each phase of PLC must be designed, evaluated and assessed based on specific project management approach. As a project manager, you determine how project management process groups are incorporated into each phase of project life cycle. These decisions might be based on the ultimate goal and characteristics of the project, the stakeholders’ objectives or the budget, among other elements.
In this assessment, students are to work individually or in groups of 3-4 to complete a project management report to Executive Management using PMBOK (PMI, 2013) as a guide. Students assign project management roles and responsibilities to the group members. This assessment is divided into 2 parts.
Part A – Discussion activity:
Change requirement and Project life cycle To begin Assessment 1 Part A, students will be given a scenario based on approved project. They will identify change requirements of the project and critically analyse how the requirements introduce changes to the project management plan, process groups and life cycle of the project. Students are encouraged to analyse the case and share personal thoughts with group members in the class, and actively seek feedback and inputs from facilitators. The individual and group should organise discussion notes and upload it on the Blackboard accordingly. Assessment 1 Part A is due by the end of Module 2.
Part B – Individual / Group Report
After the proposed changes to the project management plan and the formulation of project management processes and life cycle, students (individual or in group of 3-4 students) will elaborate and incorporate discussion outcomes from Assessment 1 Part A into a report. The report should be structured using an appropriate business style / format with maximum of 3000 words. The key contents of the report should include but not limited to: Change request analysis; Change details in the project management processes and each stage of project life cycle; Integrated change control; and justifications to the required changes that occur. Assessment 1 Part B individual/group final report is to be submitted at the end of Module
3. For the group final report, each group must nominate a group leader to upload the group final report on Blackboard. Only one submission is required for each group.