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AIPM Assignment 1 (March 2012)

AIPM Assignment 1 (March 2012)

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Project Management Assignment 1: Network Analysis and Scheduling This assignment has been developed in order to meet the

needs of the various engineering disciplines of students undertaking the course. There are two distinct options for students – one intended for civil engineers, the other for other engineering students. Option 1 You have been tasked to act as the Project Manager for an engineering project in a company based in Christchurch, New Zealand. The project can be tailored to your particular area of engineering expertise – mechanical, electrical, civil, etc. The total budgeted value of $10m. I am your (extremely demanding) client. When the project is 20% complete I decide that I would like to include some additional features and functionality in the performance of the delivered project. This necessitates substantial rework of the current system, its architecture and its delivery schedule. Also as a result of unforeseen critical material importation problems from their source in China, a further two week delay in delivery of the first unit has been imposed. The cost of these additions and additional works is budgeted for $500k. Required:1. Create a logically linked network (precedence chart) for the construction of the project. The network should contain between 40 and 45 activities. Ensure that you include those staggered starts, delayed finishes and start to finish logical relationships that reflect the reality of the construction process. Use project planning software (e.g. Pertmaster, MS Project etc) for the network analysis and Excel for the Gantt chart if you wish. Students may be required to justify/defend the overall period of build. You may wish to research potential best practice approaches both here and in the wider world. Select an appropriate scale and produce a Gantt chart derived from the network constructed in 1 (above). The start date for the project prior to the delay was to be the first working Monday after your Birthday this year. Adopt NZ industry standard holidays (Xmas, Easter, ANZAC day etc) Using estimates of the total cost for each of the work packages in your network, develop a resource chart showing the weekly spend as the project progresses. The project is now 75% complete. Using the elements from 1-4 above, along with any other project control measures you are familiar with, develop a progress report for me as the client. Indicate the likely delays and finish date for the project. Develop your recommendation, based on critical and sub-critical activities and the likely availability of resources, on those activities you may wish to pay additional ‘crash costs’ in order to accelerate their completion. Develop a team plan that incorporates individual development for the members and who you are going to allocate critical responsibilities to. Develop a communications plan for the project identifying who are the critical players in the project and who are the key stakeholders (including in the supply chain). Analyse the level of influence and control you have with these stakeholders and consequently identify the potential risks for the project.

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N.B. This coursework is an individual piece of work and students must NOT work in collusion or in teams. Standard University guidelines for plagiarism and collusion apply.

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