Course Project: Final Report
Each student in Advanced Project Management (PROJ430) will choose a project that will be used to develop various documents that are developed and used throughout the project lifecycle. The project documents will be completed and submitted in eight parts due in each week throughout the course.
The topic you select should be a project that will take between six months to two years to complete. Choose a business or community related project topic in which you are interested, and have knowledge, to make it easier for you to complete these assignments.
The intent of the Course Project is that the project will be sufficiently complex to require consideration of a number of project management issues. In completing the sample project documents for this course, consider the full breadth of the project work required, but remember that you will develop the details to a lesser depth than would be required in reality.
As a reminder, your project topic MUST be a business or community-related project topic. This will allow you to complete all sections of the project. Try to find a project at your workplace or community organization that you can use as a basis for completing these assignments.
You should keep in mind that your project must meet all of the characteristics of a project:
A specific and defined objective A defined life span with a definitive start and a definitive end Involving multiple departmental organizations and professional staff members Doing something unique, not having been done before Defined and specific schedule, budget, and quality/performance requirements
Project Lifecycle Area(s)
Information and Activities
Initiate, Define, and Organize Your Project
Establish the project organization, Define Project Parameters, and Plan the Project Office and Framework
This week, you are defining and organizing your project. This is the first step in analyzing your concept by gathering information needed for all the project documents that are created during the Project Management process. Often an organization will require months to complete this work. For this course project, you will be creating sample documents that give you an idea or example of the type of information needed to create similar types of project deliverables.
Download the Course_Project_Week_1.docx from Doc Sharing to start this assignment. The Course_Project_Week_1.docx template contains all the sections that you will need to complete, including instructions to help you work through this part of the course project. You will submit this deliverable to the Week 1 Course Project Dropbox.
Continue to Define and Organize Your Project, and Start the Planning
Define How the Project Team Will Work Together, and Define Major Deliverables and Milestones
This week, you are continuing to define and organize your project. Your focus will be on the project team (members and team organizational structure), and how the team will function. You will also define and describe the major project deliverables (and sub-deliverables) and milestones.
Download the Course_Project_Week_2.docx from Doc Sharing to start this assignment. The Course_Project_Week_2.docx template contains all the sections that you will need to complete, including instructions to help you work through this part of the course project. You will submit this deliverable to the Week 2 Course Project Dropbox.
Define WBS and Work Packages
Develop the WBS with Schedule, Resources, and Costs using Microsoft Project
This week, you will be using Microsoft Project to develop the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and work packages for your course project. You will also be developing the project schedule and project budget. You can access Microsoft Project from theiLab under Course Home.
You will submit your Microsoft Project file to the Week 3 Course Project Dropbox.
Plan your Project by Analyzing Resources
Analyze Resources and Optimize Trade-offs
This week, your focus is on resource planning. This includes work resources (people) and material resources. Being thorough and complete is very important, and you need to analyze if you identified all the resources you need and the workloads for each. You will use your Microsoft Project file to perform the analysis and complete this week’s assignment. You can access Microsoft Project from the iLab under Course Home.
Download the Course_Project_Week_4.docx from Doc Sharing to start this assignment. The Course_Project_Week_4.docx template contains all the sections that you will need to complete, including instructions to help you work through this part of the course project. You will submit this deliverable to the Week 4 Course Project Dropbox.