Part 1: Case Studies Directions: Identify the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria that you notice in the case studies below and explain how the client meets the criteria. Include the diagnosis that….
As a first step, you should discuss with your internship supervisor regarding a potential project to complete during your Internship.
As a first step, you should discuss with your internship supervisor regarding a potential project to complete during your Internship. Your supervisor or manager may not actually call your internship work a “project,” but if it is a piece of work that will produce at least one defined deliverable (a product, service or result) and has an expected delivery date (i.e. it is not Helpdesk work or similar ongoing work) then it is still a ‘Project’. If your internship does not have a clear ‘Project’ definition or does involve a more ongoing functional role, then you need to work with your supervisor to agree upon a small project with a more limited and defined scope that can operate effectively within your broader internship role definition/agreement.
From a Project Management point of view, it is more likely that you will be a project team member in a given situation and not the Project Manager. However, for this assessment activity, you may be required to take on the project manager role. No matter how huge or overwhelming your project may seem at the beginning, it will, at most, be a SFIA Level 4 project and “manageable” in normal Project Management terms. Meaning, it is best managed by an “agile” Project Management method, i.e. one that focuses more on the result than the means of getting there.
Understanding and Agreeing to Your Project Scope
At the start of a project, you (as Project Manager) will discuss with the client what they expect the project to deliver, then you will document the client’s expectations in detail. This detailed document is called the Scope Statement, and it includes both the items that have to be produced by the project (the deliverables), and the work required to produce them. You will then discuss the scope statement with the client to ensure that you are in agreement with what will be produced, and eventually, when an agreement is reached, you and the project sponsor (probably your internship manager), and the client sign the scope statement (it is now authorised). The signed scope statement is also known as the “scope baseline”. You will then prepare a schedule (showing what will happen and when) and a budget for controlling costs, as well as other plans. All these plans need to be authorised too, and then they will become baselines as well.