Case Study – Quantum Telecom

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BSC (Hons) Engineering Management
BUS 3122F Project Management for Engineers Assessment 1 (50%) – Individual work Task:
Develop a project plan for an approved project of choice, implementing the material that you have covered and focusing on Scope, Time, Cost and Risk. The selected project preferably should be a real project example that you have been involved with previously or currently working on. The following is a list of areas that should be covered within the assignment, the Project Plan:

Brief description of what the project is;
Identification of owner, sponsor and project manager;
Project objectives, deliverables and outcomes in terms of scope, time and cost;
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Company politics always played an active role in decisions to terminate a project. Termination of a project often impacted the executive sponsor’s advancement opportunities because the projects were promoted by the sponsors and funded through the sponsor’s organisation. During the first two gate review meetings, virtually everyone recommended the termination of both projects.
Technical breakthroughs seemed unlikely, and the schedule appeared unduly optimistic. But terminating the projects this early would certainly not reflect favourably upon the sponsors. Reluctantly, both sponsors agreed to continue the projects to the third gate in hopes of a “miracle”. During the third gate review, the projects were still in peril. Although the technical breakthrough opportunity now seemed plausible, the launch fate would have to be slipped, thus giving Quantum Telecom a window of only six months to sell the products before obsolescence would occur. By the fourth gate review, the technical breakthrough had not yet occurred but did still seem plausible. Both project managers were still advocating the cancellation of the projects, and the situation was getting worse. Yet, in order to
“save face” within the corporation, both sponsors allowed the projects to continue to completion. They asserted


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