EPM5600: PRINCIPLES OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT
SEMESTER 2Tri 2017
MAJOR ASSIGNMENT – BRIEF FOR Stage 2
Thank you for your comprehensive due diligence report setting out the strategy, costs, and timing of AIPM’s National conference. It is with pleasure that we advise your organisation of our intention to proceed with Stage 2 – Project Delivery.
AIPM would like to proceed with the AIPM National conference in October 2017 following presentation and approval by the AIPM Board of a Project Management Plan (PMP) prepared by the Project Manager.
REQUIREMENTS OF STAGE 2 – PROJECT DELIVERY
Your team has recently been appointed as Project Manager by AIPM for the delivery of the AIPM National conference. As Project Manager you are required to prepare a PMP for the successful delivery of the project and secure client approval before implementation.
This PMP is your first significant project ‘deliverable’ and should communicate your intentions for an effective planning and control framework to guide the successful delivery of this project.
It is expected that the Project Manager will submit and present the PMP to the client. Following client feedback the Project Manager shall make appropriate changes and resubmit the final PMP for client approval and implementation.
The objective of a successful PMP is that it clearly sets out a plan for ‘management’ of the project and can be clearly communicated to the project team, the client and relevant project stakeholders. Marks will be discounted for padding or excessive detail as this would reduce the Project Manager’s ability to get buy in and ownership of the PMP by the project team/stakeholders.
Below is an extract from the original project brief to remind you of the importance of this exercise in terms of ensuring seamless planning and delivery:
The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) is a professional association that represents the interests of Project Management as a profession across all sectors and disciplines. Its focus is on maintaining the professional reputation of Project Management as a philosophy, provides useful information to its members, runs various training courses and upholds industry recognised accreditation standards.
Following the success of recent regional conferences, the board of directors has decided to hold an AIPM National conference in October 2017. AIPM does not have the inhouse capacity to coordinate such an event. As the governing body for Project Management, AIPM acknowledges that this event needs to be meticulously planned and delivered to the highest standard possible.
REQUIREMENTS OF THE PMP
This PMP sets out the plan for delivering the project and should, as relevant for this particular project, concisely respond to each of the key questions set out below:
• What is the project’s Background?
• What is the project’s Objectives?
• What are the project’s Success Criteria and how will the Achievement of the success criteria be Measured?
• What is the Scope of the project?
• Who fulfils the Key Project Roles?
• Who is responsible for the Project’s Governance?
• Who are the Internal Resources on the project?
• Who are the External Resources on the project?
• Who are the Internal Stakeholders on the project?
• Who are the External Stakeholders on the project?
• Who will receive Project Communications?
• How is the project being Approached?
• How will the project Risks be identified and controlled?
• How is the project being Controlled?
• How are Procurement activities being planned and who is responsible?
• How will the project be Implemented?
• When are the Project Milestone Dates?
• When are the key Meeting Dates?
• When are Key Decisions due?
5) How Much?
• How much money is available in the Project Budget to achieve the set objectives and fulfil the success criteria?
The PMP is a Project Control Document that needs to be approved by the Client. It is also a live document and will be updated as the project progresses through the key Project Milestones. Revisions to the PMP need to be formally tracked and approved by the Client.
You will be assessed on both the written report and the verbal presentation. The report counts for approximately 2/3 of the total mark.
The project is primarily an academic exercise designed to expose students to realistic situations.