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Question;PROJ 586 (Project Management Systems)Complete Course DevryWeek 1Week 1: Project Management Overview and Project Initiation ? Discussion 1Projects and Project Management (Graded)This week, we will learn about project management as a discipline and a little history about the discipline. It is important to understand why projects and project management are important. How have you seen projects used in your company, organization, or personal life? What methods of project management does your company use? Do they work? Week 1: Project Management Overview and Project Initiation ? Discussion 2Project Selection and Project Charters (Graded)As organizations set their business strategy or establish their goals, there are new needs identified. Recognizing organizations may have a number of different needs, there are many projects to consider. How are projects selected? Why do you think it is important to evaluate potential projects before proceeding with implementation?Week 2Week 2: Planning the Project: Scope and Responsibilities ? Discussion 1Project Charters and Scope Statements (Graded)Why are the Project Charter and Project Scope Statement artifacts critical to the success of a project? Describe some of the key elements of these artifacts.Week 2: Planning the Project: Scope and Responsibilities ? Discussion 2Work Breakdown Structure and Resource Assignment (Graded)Assume you were appointed as project manager to lead a dozen of your classmates to write up an end-of-course summary guide that would be used to update all areas of the course (i.e. discussion questions, lectures, assignments, quizzes, and exams). You plan to form sub-teams to work each of these elements, each headed by a sub-team leader. How would you setup your WBS? What are some considerations you made when you decided on this structure?Week 2 Course Project:Week 2 Course Project, 2-Level WBS for Huntsvill ProjectWeek 2 Course Project, Project CharterWeek 2 Course Project, Project Scope StatementWeek 2 Quiz (3 Sets)Set 1 1. (TCO A) A project is defined as a ____ endeavor undertaken to create a ______ product, service, or result.2. (TCO A) Which step of the project life cycle produces all of the project deliverables?3. (TCO B) In the planning process, the _____ is/are the end product(s) that the project team must deliver.4. (TCO A) a) If the project schedule is shortened, what are the likely steps that the project manager would take with regards to the other triple constraints? (15 points) b) What is typically the impact on quality when the project schedule is shortened? Why? (15 points)Set 2 1. (TCO A) Projects have specific attributes. Which of the following is not an attribute?2. (TCO A) Which step of the project life cycle produces all of the project deliverables?3. (TCO B) For a project, the objective is usually defined in terms of which three items?4. (TCO A) a) If the project schedule is shortened, what are the likely steps that the project manager would take with regards to the other triple constraints? (15 points) b) What is typically the impact on quality when the project schedule is shortened? Why? (15 points)Set 3 1. (TCO A) Projects have specific attributes. Which of the following is not an attribute?2. (TCO A) Which step of the project life cycle defines the project scope?3. (TCO B) For a project, the objective is usually defined in terms of which three items?4. (TCO A)a) If the project schedule is shortened, what are the likely steps that the project manager would take with regards to the other triple constraints? (15 points) b) What is typically the impact on quality when the project schedule is shortened? Why? (15 points)Week 3Network Diagrams and Critical Path (Graded) Discussion 1 This week in the lecture, we are learning about activity dependencies and task durations. Activities in a project are often dependent on the completion of another activity. Those activities can be in the project you are completing or from another project or process. Remember, dependencies can be mandatory or discretionary. Understanding the concept of dependencies will help you build a network diagram to determine the critical path for the project. Why is it critical to the success of the project to understand the critical path? Week 3: Planning the Project: Schedule and Resources ? Discussion 2 Resource Utilization (Graded) Managing resources can be an interesting, and sometimes difficult, job. How have you managed resources on any of your projects? What do you find as the most difficult part? How have you learned to overcome these issues? If you haven't managed a project before, have you ever been a resource on a project? If so, what are some of the techniques your manager(s) use to balance their resources? What seems to be the most effective for you? Week 3 Course Project: Week 3 Course Project, Essay Questions Week 3 Course Project, MS Project Week 3 Homework: Week 3 Homework, AIB Problems 1 ? 4 Week 4Week 4: Planning and Monitoring the Project: Costs, Budget, and Earned Value ? Discussion 1Cost Planning (Graded)Cost planning starts with the proposal for the project, at which time project costs are estimated. And for budgeting purposes, it is best to keep the work packages or activities small in terms of scope and duration. What are some of the ways that a project manager can take these budgeting plans and track and compare them to actual data? In what sense is some cost reporting not reflective of the actual work performed? How can a project manager remedy this situation? Week 4: Planning and Monitoring the Project: Costs, Budget, and Earned Value ? Discussion 2 Earned Value Analysis (Graded)Once your budget is planned and allocated across your work packages, it is critical to monitor and control your project?s cost. Why is monitoring and controlling the project cost important for the success of the project? What are some key components to monitor the health of the project, as it relates to earned value? How is earned value management different than straight financial accounting? Week 4 Course Project:Week 4 Course Project, Essay QuestionsWeek 4 Course Project, Update MS Project with Costs Week 4 Homework Problems:Week 4 Homework, Crashing and Earned Value Problems 1 ? 6Week 5Week 5: Project Risk, Communication and Documentation ? Discussion 1 Risk Management (Graded)This week, we learned about risk management. Now let's apply our learning to an example. Suppose you are the project manager of a team of software specialists working on a project to produce a piece of application software in the field of accounting. Identify some items that might go wrong during this type of project (i.e., what are some of the risks in this project), and discuss how you, as the PM, would assess and respond to such project risks. Week 5: Project Risk, Communication and Documentation ? Discussion 2 Project Communication (Graded)This week, we learned about a communication plan. The first step in building a communication plan is to identify your key stakeholders. How would you identify a key stakeholder? Then, once you have identified that key stakeholder, how would you determine which form of communication to use? Can (and should) you have multiple forms of communication going for each of your key stakeholders? Discuss. Week 5 Course Project:Week 5 Course Project, Effective Project Status MeetingsWeek 5 Course Project, Communication PlanWeek 5 Course Project, Risk Matrix & Response PlansWeek 6Week 6: Project Close and Organizational Structures ? Discussion 1 Project Close Out (Graded)Why is it considered a best practice to properly close a project? What about a project that is abruptly terminated? What are some good approaches for documenting the entire project? How does this occur? Week 6: Project Close and Organizational Structures ? Discussion 2 Selecting an Organizational Structure (Graded)Scenario: The hospital has extensive experience and capability in implementing medical systems and has some expertise in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) scanners. It has not ever used one, however. In addition, the hospital has very limited expertise in the facilities and operations of NMR devices. It normally involves five internal departments in the installation of a new system. For this project, the hospital will need to bring in functional experts from five different technical specialties. It will use consulting companies to do this. The technology is very new, and there will be extensive coordination and communication requirements between the five consultants.What organizational form (Functional, Project, or Matrix) would you recommend to effectively manage a project for a major hospital to evaluate and select a new nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) scanner? Week 6 Course Project:Week 6 Course Project, Project Organizational StructureWeek 6 Course Project, Self-Reflection EssayWeek 7Week 7: People: The Project Manager and The Project Team ? Discussion 1 Stages of Team Development (Graded)There are four stages a team goes through as part of the team development process. Think of a team in which you have participated (project team at work, sport team, etc.). Think back on how the team formed from the first day until the end of the project, or sporting season. Describe what took place. How did you progress into the next stages of team development? Week 7: People: The Project Manager and The Project Team ? Discussion 2 Managing Individual Performance (Graded)What are some specific things a project manager can do to create an environment in which the project team would remain motivated?Week 8Final Exam Set 1Page 1 1. (TCO A) In the _____ organization structure, the project manager is responsible for the project results, whereas the functional manager is responsible for providing the resources needed to achieve the results.(Points:5)2. (TCO H) What is the longest phase of the project life cycle? (Points: 5)3. (TCO B) The lowest level item of any one branch of the WBS is called a(n) _____. (Points: 5)4. (TCO D)A _____ is a predefined set of actions that will be implemented if the risk event occurs. (Points: 5)5. (TCO F) ____the project involves measuring actual progress and comparing it to planned progress.(Points: 5)6. (TCO C) If _____ is positive, it represents the maximum amount of time that the activities on a particular path can be delayed without jeopardizing the completion of the project by its required completion time. (Points: 5)7. (TCO G) Which of the following is not an advantage of using project management software? (Points: 5)8. (TCO A) Which of the following is not an example of a project? (Points: 5)9. (TCO C) Why are activities drawn in a serial relationship on a network diagram? (Points: 5)10. (TCO F) The project cost estimate is allocated to _____. (Points: 5)Page 2 1. (TCO B) Describe the benefits of including the people who will be involved in performing the project when planning the project. (Points: 10)2. (TCO E) Part 1: What are some common barriers to team effectiveness? (15 points) Part 2: Describe an example of a team project that would include barriers to success. (15 points) (Points: 30)3. (TCO C) A project to remodel an office area has the following activities. (Hint: You will need to build an AIB diagram, perform a forward pass, and perform a backward pass to answer this question.)4. (TCO A) Part 1: Compare and contrast the responsibilities of a functional manager and a project manager in a matrix-type organization. (10 points) Part 2: A company manufactures furniture. Which organization structure is the most suitable? Why? (10 points) Part 3: An organization builds custom houses for urban-renewal areas. Which organization structure is the most suitable? Why? (10 points) (Points: 30)5.(TCO D)A firm hosts data-mining servers and performs data mining for other companies that do not desire the costs of hardware, software, or expertise to data mine their data. The firm is planning to roll out faster data-mining software that will reduce the time to sift through customers' data by a fraction of the present time. Part 1: List and discuss the major risk-management functions from a project-management perspective for the data-mining software project. (15 points) Part 2: Describe a risk event, the consequences, and the risk-response plan for the data-mining software project. (15 points)6.(TCO F) Analyze and compare the costs of the two projects in terms of performance efficiency, budget, and schedule. Make sure to show your calculations and analyze and explain the results. (Note: Providing just numbers will receive only partial credit.) Project A: The budgeted cost of work performed is $72,000, and the actual cost of work performed is $75,000. The budgeted cost of work scheduled is $73,000. (15 points) Project B: The budgeted cost of work performed is $48,000, and the actual cost of work performed is $100,000. The budgeted cost of work scheduled is $122,000. (15 points)7.(TCO B) An environmental consulting firm has been hired to clean up contaminated ground water beneath the site of a former chemical factory. The cleanup design process consists of evaluating several alternatives, preparing a conceptual design for the most appropriate alternative, evaluating the conceptual design by performing a small-scale pilot test on site, and, based on the results of the pilot test, preparing a final design. Installation of the cleanup system will be performed by subcontractors under the supervision of the consultant...........Number the WBS codes so that the level of each activity is clearly identified. Do not worry about indentation. Final ExamSet 2Page 1 1. (TCO A) In a _____ organization, the project manager does not have complete authority over the project team. (Points: 5)2. (TCO H) What is the longest phase of the project life cycle? (Points: 5)3. (TCO B) A(n) _____ is defined as a piece of work that consumes time. (Points: 5)4. (TCO D) All of the following are risk response types except _____. (Points: 5)5. (TCO F) The two most common types of project reports are _____. (Points: 5)6. (TCO C) The _____ time is the latest time by which a particular activity must be finished in order for the entire project to be completed by its required completion time. (Points: 5)7. (TCO G) Which of the following is not an advantage of using project management software? (Points: 5)8. (TCO A) Projects are identified and selected in the _____. (Points: 5)9. (TCO C) In addition to showing the technical constraints among activities, how does the network diagram logic also take into account resource constraints? (Points: 5)10. (TCO F) The budget for each work package is _____. (Points: 5)Page 2 1. (TCO B) Describe the benefits of including the people who will be involved in performing the project when planning the project. (Points: 10)2. (TCO E) Part 1: Discuss some types of conflict that might arise during a project. (15 points) Part 2: Describe two examples that have these types of conflict. (15 points)3. (TCO C) A project to remodel an office area has the following activities. (Hint: You will need to build an AIB diagram, perform a forward pass, and perform a backward pass to answer this question.)............... a) What are the critical path activities? (5 points) b) What is the project's scheduled completion time? (5 points) c) What is the slack or float for Activity B? Show your calculations. (5 points) d) What is the slack or float for Activity C? Show your calculations. (5 points) e) What is the slack or float for Activity E? Show your calculations. (5 points) f) What is the slack or float for Activity H? Show your calculations. (5 points) (Points: 30)4. (TCO A) Part 1: Compare and contrast the responsibilities of a functional manager and a project manager in a pure project-type organization. (10 points) Part 2: A company builds state-of-the-art barges for riverboat companies. Which organization structure is the most suitable? Why? (10 points) Part 3: An organization builds custom greenhouses for desert-climate cities. Which organization structure is the most suitable?Why? (10 points)5. (TCO D) A firm hosts data-mining servers and performs data mining for other companies that do not desire the costs of hardware, software, or expertise to data mine their data. The firm is planning to roll out faster data-mining software that will reduce the time to sift through customers' data by a fraction of the present time. Part 1: List and discuss the major risk-management functions from a project-management perspective for the data-mining software project. (15 points) Part 2: Describe a risk event, the consequences, and the risk-response plan for the data-mining software project. (15 points) (Points: 30)6. (TCO F) Analyze and compare the performance of the following two projects in terms of cost, schedule, and efficiency. Make sure to show your calculations and analyze and explain the results. (Note: Providing just numbers will receive only partial credit.) Project A:The budgeted cost of work performed is $72,000, and the actual cost of work performed is $75,000. The budgeted cost of work scheduled is $73,000. (15 points) Project B: The budgeted cost of work performed is $48,000, and the actual cost of work performed is $100,000. The budgeted cost of work scheduled is $122,000. (15 points) (Points: 30)7. (TCO B) Based upon the results of traffic-load forecasts, a state department of transportation has decided to proceed with the design and construction of a new highway. However, prior to starting design work, a funding proposal must be prepared that justifies the design and construction expense. If the proposal is approved, a detailed survey will be performed on the proposed right of way (ROW). After the survey is completed, ROW clearance activities will be performed that include utility relocation, easement acquisition,.........(Points: 30)

 

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