4 Practical Assessment
Assessment Title Continuous improvement (Individual Assignment)
This individual assessment item requires you to consider
• continuous improvement
...you must then write a 2,000 word ESSAY describing and justifying a high-level approach to continuous improvement plan for an organisation from a selected case study.
The case study will be supplied for a range of project domains:-
• Engineering and construction domain,
• IT Telecom Software domain,
• Financial and business services domain,
• Welfare domain.
You are encouraged to use assignment outputs that you may have developed from previous assignments and units, as examples in the appendix of your essay.
Your task is to consider the domains above and write an ESSAY illustrating and explaining continuous improvement plan
Your task is to consider the domains above and write an ESSAY illustrating and explaining continuous improvement plan for one case study.
Your plan must explain and justify itself within the context of the case study using the unit and peer reviewed material. You are encouraged to review Kerzner Chapter 21 and the PMI Managing Change in Organizations for an indication of the context and content of your plan.
You will be graded upon how well your continuous improvement plan has been completed and how well you argue that it reflects the requirements of the organisation in the case study that you select.
The primary purpose of this assessment item is to help you to develop skills in the contents and compilation of a continuous improvement plan for a project management methodology.
The secondary purpose of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to consider the role of a continuous improvement plan within the strategic project management plans of a selected organisation.
The assignment will also give you the opportunity to enhance your analysis and written communication skills; particularly in the areas of structured assignment writing.
Your submission should be made using Microsoft Office documents and the essay submitted as a separate 2,000 word Microsoft WORD document.
You should describe all of the required parts of your continuous improvement plan in as complete manner as you deem appropriate. A range of sample continuous improvement plan will be identified for you to study during the unit. If you wish to include examples of any parts you may do so in an appendix. You must not include pictures or diagrams in the body of the essay. You must provide an ILLUSTRATION OR DRAWING OF YOUR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT PLAN in the appendix of your essay.
Your essay should be a properly constructed academic essay. It should contain an effective introduction, body and conclusion. The introduction should introduce the essay and include your argument. The body should present the evidence you have collected to support your argument, and the conclusion should restate your argument, summarise the evidence and make a conclusion regarding your argument. The essay should contain a coherent. but necessarily restricted review of the academic literature on the project management topics in question. The literature review should be integrated into the essay, not a separate section. Do not include an executive summary or an abstract. A reference list formatted in the prescribed Harvard style is compulsory. Do not include a bibliography.
This assessment item involves researching your assigned topic to enhance your understanding of project management concepts and utilisation of academic literature. Whilst you use the recommended textbooks you may also refer to relevant peer reviewed, academic journal articles. You will be expected to present information and evidence from, and cite. at least twenty (20) times the unit resources but you can use other PEER REVIEWED sources where you can argue that they add greater relevance.