M 402 Technology Project Management:Final Project/Paper Project management is an essential skill in today’s business world. “Today’s project manager has more of an understanding of technology than a command of technology, but has an excellent knowledge of the business” (Kerzner, 2014, p. 114). Additionally, organizations are faced with increasing pressure to complete more complex business and technical projects with smaller budgets and within shorter time frames(Thamhain, 2005).
Professionals need a method to alignall projects with the strategic plan of their organization to ensure their success. While students maynot pursue a career as a project manager, all of you will at some timebe involved in a project. This may be as the project leader, a project team member, or as a business expert collaborating on the initial plan, execution, or review process.This assignment is designed to provide you with experience in applying project management concepts through designing,planning, and executing a small project. This project integrates information from different courses fromyour Technology Management program, businesselectives,and general education required courses. The final project will result in a high-level project overviewand will demonstrate your understanding of the concepts and methodologies necessary for a project’s success.Project Management softwareis not required to complete the phases of the project; however, if you are familiar with the software or would like to try it out, feel free to incorporate some of the activities into your paper(e.g. Gantt chart).
The computer labs in Sill Hall contain Microsoft Project Management software or you can download the free Open Source Project Management software.This project is broken down into the five-phaseproject lifecyclebased on A Guide to the Project Management Institute’s Body of Knowledge (PMBOK): Initiate, Plan, Executing, Controlling, and Closing(Project Management Institute [PMI], 2015). Because this is a class assignment with limited time and resources, the project you choose must be smalland manageable; do not select enterprise-wide projects. Please select a project that you would like to study for your project. This can be based on your existing company(you may change the name), a past company, or a company that you would like to start. You will need to have my approval for the organization that you choose. This feedback is particularly helpful to ensure that your project is small, focused, and achievable.If you need assistance selecting a project, please let me know.
Each of you works in a different industry, thus your projects will be varied in concept as well as complexity. Examples of past projects include: building a small structure, designing a new online game, designing and implementing a small website, selecting/implementing a new technology product/feature forthe organization/division, or designing/implementing a new product/invention.
When you consider your project, it is important to keep in mind a project’s unique characteristics:•A project has a unique set of activities•A project has a specific goal•A project has to be completed by a specified date•A project has to have some standard of quality•A project requires a sequence of activities(Lientz & Rea, 2011)Project Milestones.Project Approval Assignment:This assignment is a written proposal outlining your project. You will receive feedback from fellow students as well as the instructor.Phase1: Initiate -Project Charter.This phase is to identify the project, identify a high-level overview of the project, and gather the commitment required to get it started. Phase 2: Planning –Scope, Time, ResourcesThis phase is to devise and maintain a schedule of tasks and resources needed to fulfill the business need theproject will address.Phase 3: Executing -Scheduling and Estimating/Work Breakdown Structure.
This process identifies a method for coordinating the people and resources needed to execute the project tasks.Phase 4: Controlling -Risk Assessment/Mitigation, Communication.This process ensures the project objectives are met by monitoring and measuring the progress of the project. Also, addressing risks and unexpected hurdles in a timely manner is necessary for the project’s success. Phase 5:Closing -Status Reporting/Closing, Lessons Learned, Best Practices.
When the project is complete and all deliverables met, the closing phase formalizes the completion of the project. Final Paper: The final paper willconsist only of the five phases you previously completed; however, all corrections must be made and the final paper must be well written/formatted. What you’re doing is combing those five phases into one paper. You will be expected to make the needed corrections/additions to the different assignments based on your own research or any feedback you received.See other guidelines below.
Guidelinesfor the Assignments:•To better organize your paper, use appropriate headings. Unless otherwise directed, your response must be in a narrative/paragraph formatwith complete sentences. Do notsubmit a list of bullets.•All assignments must be submitted in APA format. This includes the content/text, citations, references, and formatting.•Points will be deducted for spelling and grammar errors.Guidelines for the Final Paper:•Include a cover page with your name and a name of the organization•Include page numbers, a table of contents, and a Reference page.•Must be in APA format –this includes the content/text, citations, references, and formatting.•Must contain at least 3citations from the textbook and 3differentcitations/references from outside research. Thus, at a minimum, you will have 6citations and 4different sources in your reference area(textbook & 3other sources).•Points will be deducted for spelling and grammar errors.References:Kerzner, H. (2014). Project management best practices: Achieving globalexcellence(3rded.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley& SonsLientz, B. P. & Rea, K. P. (2011). Breakthrough technology project management (2nded.). San Diego, CA: Academic PressProject Management Institute. (2015). A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. Retrieved from http://www.pmi.orgThamhain, H. (2005). Management of technology: Managing effectively in technology-intensive organizations. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons
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