Project Management

| July 16, 2015

Assignment:

 

You are the Project Manager in the Development Department. You are required to present your project plan at the next meeting.  This plan must include:

  • Schedule to installation and other key milestones + supporting rationale
  • Development costs (staff)
  • Staff requirements
  • Explanation/rationale why the new estimates are either reduced or the same as previous projects for each of the identified activities. This is to include both estimated time and resources used.

 

 

 

You must develop a plan that will complete the project in under 11 weeks (55 working days) and propose a cost (with justification/rationale – must be under $51,500) for your solution.

Prior projects:

  • #1 – New Line console Model 100, 6 yrs in the market
  • #2 – New Line console Model 200, 3 yrs in the market
  • NEW – The New Line console Model 400, w/application software is not yet developed.  (This is what you will build the plan for)

 

Prior Data:

Phase Task # 1 (Duration days) # 2 (Duration days) # 3 (Duration days)
Admin Project Launch 1 1 1
Site Survey 3 1 1
Design/

–          Part 1

–          Part 2

System Design 100 35  
      20
      15
Develop Coding/Testing 90 40 35
  Software Integ. 24 8 15
Manuf. Order Hardware 12 4 1
  Build 80 60 Contract 15 days
  Delivery 20 10 Contract 5 days
  Unpack/Assemble 12 8 6
Install/ Connect Switches 3 3 3
Integrate Cabling 15 5 5
  Integrate/Test 20 6 4
Test/ End-User Training 8 4 4
Acceptance User Acceptance Tests 2 1 1
  Closure Meeting 1 1 1

 

Sequence of Activities provided:

Task Definition Predecessor
01 Project Launch
02 Site Survey 01
03 System Design (Part 1) 02
04 System Design (Part 2) 03
05 Coding/Testing 03
06 Software Integration 05,08
07 Order Hardware 04
08 Build 07
09 Delivery 06
10 Unpack/Assemble 09
11 Connect Switches 10
12 Cabling 10
13 Integrate/Test 11,12
14 End-User Training 15
15 User Acceptance Tests 13
16 Closure Meeting 14

 

Information to use for building the Project Plan:

  • The times listed are based on 1 person working 8 hours/day, 5 days/week.  I.E., Site Survey required the use of 1 person for an 8 hour day.
  • You cannot add more than 12 additional people to the project (in addition to the people listed).
  • This project has members of a very strong union, so weekend work is prohibited.
  • Personnel working more than 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week are required to be paid 150% of wages (Overtime Rate) or on when working beyond the traditional 9-5 timeframe (evening times)
  • If a task is 1 day (8 hours) it cannot be compressed to less time
  • The times listed are based on 1 person working 8 hours/day, 5 days/week.  I.E., Site Survey required the use of 1 person for an 8 hour day.
  • When crashing a task, putting more people on the task reduces the efficiency
  • Assume an 80% efficiency rate when 2-4 people are assigned to a task, which means that the time required to complete “Order Hardware” was 1 person for 4 days or 32 hours.  If you put 2 – 4 people on this task, it will take a total of 40 hours, but elapsed time will be only 20 hours or 2 ½ days for 2 people.
  • Assume a 60% efficiency rate when you put more than 4 people on the task
  • Cabling contract is based on 1 person working just 8 hour days.  If working more than 8 hours, the cost increases to 150% rate.  Efficiency rate is not considered

Note: Build and Delivery task cannot be crashed as they are covered as part of sunk cost. So they do not cost anything but, use time. So in project for these two activities, do not account for person or cost. Only account for time.

 

Project Team Details:

  • Possible Project Team

–        Senior Engineer – Dick Heath

–        Senior Analyst – Jean Hampton

–        Analyst/Engineer – Mary Perkins (new)

–        Analyst – Patrick MacGregor

–        Analyst – Susan Ashland

–        Programmer – Alan Schuster

–        Programmer – Kurt Shaw

–        Programmer – Dave Lee

–        Service Engineer – Fred Smith

–        Programmer – Jim Jones (new)

 

–        Programmer – Jackie Wilson

  • Assigning Resources

–        Project Launch – PM

–        Site Survey – Dick Heath

–        System Design – Sr. Analysts

–        Coding/Testing – Programmers

–        S/W Integration – Patrick MacGregor, Jackie Wilson

–        Order Hardware – Dick Heath

–        Unpack and Assemble – Fred Smith

–        Connect Switch – Fred Smith

–        Cabling – 2 Cabling Subcontractors ($30/hr)

–        Integration/Test – Dick Heath, Jean Hampton

–        End User Training – Mary Perkins

–        User Acceptance Tests – PM

 

–        Closure Meeting – PM

 

  • Personnel Rates

–        Project Manager – $70/hr

–        Senior Engineer – $57/hr

–        Senior Analyst – $53/hr

–        Analyst – $50/hr

–        Engineer – $48/hr

–        Programmer – $48/hr

–        Service Engineer/Technician – $39/hr

 

Deliverable Content:

–        Executable file of solution in Microsoft Project 2007

–        Written analysis (4 to 5 pages) that will include the following

  • Start Date of Project and End Date of Project (total time not to exceed 11 weeks)
  • Project Total Cost
  • Rational associated with every task on how you crashed/reduced the time and why, provide details
  • Discussion on the personnel used, for the different activities, amount of time that they were used and why you decided to use each and everyone
  • Your assessment of MS Project

 

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