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How might changes to project scope affect the project’s schedule, and how would a project manager formally communicate such variances to project stakeholders
Successful completion of this assessment will result in achievement of the following subject learning outcomes:
1. Evaluate and apply a range of project scope, cost and time management planning techniques and practices to address the needs of complex project briefs, including global, paying particular attention to issues impacting project outcomes.
2. Present and justify budgetary and planning outcomes to a globally diverse range of stakeholders who represent competing interests in order to obtain agreement and commitment to action
The backbone of a project manager’s work is the Project Management Plan. This plan is the document which describes how the project will be executed, monitored and controlled. It integrates and consolidates all of the subsidiary plans and baselines from the planning processes. In this subject, you will be creating components of a Project Management Plan for your selected Case Study.
Project Scope Management includes the processes required to ensure that the project includes all the work required, and only the work required, to complete the project successfully. Managing the project scope is primarily concerned with defining and controlling what is and is not included in the project.
Project Time Management includes the processes required to manage the timely completion of the project. Plan Time Management is the process of establishing the policies, procedures, and documentation for planning, developing, managing, executing, and controlling the project schedule.
Effective scope management is one of the key factors determining project success. Failure to accurately interpret a client’s needs or problems will produce a misleading definition (scope of work). If this causes rework and additional effort, there may be project cost and time implications. Therefore project success will be self-limiting if the scope of work is not adequately defined.
Part A – Module 2 Discussion Activity
How might changes to project scope affect the project’s schedule, and how would a project manager formally communicate such variances to project stakeholders?
Provide an initial discussion of approximately 250 words by the first half of Module 2. Respond with approximately 250 words for each feedback/comment to at least one fellow student’s discussion by the end of Module 2 (Total 500 words for Assessment 1 Part A).
Part B – Scope and Time Management Plans
In this subject, you will be creating key components of a Project Management Plan using the information found in your selected Case Study. The case study (or a selection of) will be provided by your learning facilitator at the commencement of the subject.
In modules 1, 2 and 3, you will work individually or in a group of 2-3 students on a given/approved Case Study. For Assessment 1 Part B, you are responsible for submitting the following components of your project scope and time management plans that contain:
Project goals and objectives
Project scope statement
Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
For the project scope statement and WBS, you can use the templates found in this module’s Learning Resources or a format of your own. For the project schedule, you are responsible for submitting a schedule and a network diagram using the critical path method (CPM). Your schedule can be created using scheduling software e.g. ProjectLibre or Microsoft Project. Your network diagram can be hand-drawn and scanned or created using drawing tools e.g. in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint.
Your written project goals, project objectives and scope statement should consist of 800 words/student.
Complete and submit your Scope and Time Management Plan individually or in a group of 2 to 3 students by the end of Module 3. If your submission is in group, only one group member to submit the assessment. Each group member is required to submit a contribution form.