| May 18, 2015

Assignment Questions

In the role of the Senior Project Officer you are required to develop a report (including academic references), structured along the following lines:

Part A – General overview (60%) – approx. 2,500 words

Critically evaluate the relationships between a project management office (PMO) and project process management. What steps can be taken to improve the overall performance of project process management at ECL? What are the key weaknesses roles of a PMO? What are the key measures and tactics to implement a PMO?

Part B – Project Planning (20%) – Gantt Chart report (added explanations approx. 250 words)

Given the importance of your report, develop a one-page project plan in Gantt chart form (as if the project had not commenced) for the 4 month duration. The chart should clearly indicate the critical tasks and the planned end date but ignore progress and resources at this point. Include the Gantt chart as appendix Part B.1.

Suggest any tactical options to reduce the project duration to 3 months.

Update your planning and include a second updated Gantt chart as Appendix Part B.2.

Part C – Budget creation (20%) – Excel report and approx. 250 words of added explanation

According to below part C is progress management and budget creation part D

Assuming that the project will run perfectly to the schedule outlined  in Part B.1 with all contract personnel working as defined on the tasks indicated, generate an overall budget planning for the report. Include the 2 secretaries and 2 consultants, accommodation costs at £650 per week inclusive, your own salary at £ 5,250 p.c.m. (per current month), all new PC hardware (total fixed cost: £35,000) and project planning software (total fixed cost: £27,000), and total miscellaneous fixed costs of £25,000. Create budget positions for meetings, travel costs and other activities at your discretion within the overall budget limit. Show all calculations and totals via suitable report formats. Include as Appendix C.1

Word limit

The written element of the report relating to part A should be approximately 2,500 words in length.

Explanatory notes supporting the creation of information using MS Project (Parts B and C) should be approximately 500 words in length.

Note that the total word count for all elements should not exceed 3,000 words. For details regarding the word limit (e.g. exclusion of tables) please refer to the Academic Regulations.


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