Project Management

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Spring 11 IE 5541: Project Management Homework #6
You can work on this assignment individually, or in a group of 2 or 3. If you work as a team, please turn in one copy of the assignment.

PROBLEM 1: A&D HIGH TECH (25 POINTS)
The product management aspect of this case is showing its age: published in 2006, and set in 2002 - 3. Some of you will question their technology choices. Do your best to focus on the PM aspects, assuming that their technology choices were appropriate for a conservative company at that time.

Objective
A major managerial challenge is analyzing project plans rendered in MS Project (or other software) and determining their chance of success. Rather than looking at the basic issues of a project, many managers
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Level Resources

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Your plan should deploy to production sometime in early November (Nov 4 – Nov 13, depending on some specifics of your schedule)2

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MS Project resource-leveling heuristics do not create an optimal plan in this case. If your information is spot-on, MSP resource leveling will give a deployment date of 11/7. This is a logical solution (and perfectly acceptable for class). However, if you are really into this, you can also level resources manually (add the Leveling Delay column and input the data from Exhibit 9. You will find that the new deployment date is 11/4.

Spring 11 IE 5541: Project Management Homework #6 o Return to Manage Project work package – you may need to adjust the Work to ensure that the PM starts on the 1st day of the project, and works through to the very end Just to make sure you are on track, your total cost should be in $940 K - $960 K range

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10. Set Baseline 11. Print the following reports and attach to your assignment o o o Project Summary report Budget report Gantt Chart (no more than two pages, with Critical Path marked3).

Analyze Project
Write answers to the following questions. This part of your assignment should be no longer than 1.5 – 2 pages. 1. Review the work breakdown structure from a best practices point of view. Identify 3 improvements you would suggest to Chris (5 points) 2. Chris Johnson has reviewed the plan in detail (as have you, at this point). Summarize the facts through

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