Case Study 1: The Glasgow Science Center Tower Project
University of Maryland University College
Project Procurement Management, Semester 1102, Section 9043
Professor William C. Anderson
March 19, 2011
The Inception Phase
Rating Scale: 5—Excellent, 4—Very Good, 3—Good, 2—Poor, 1—Very Poor |Project Management Area |Inception Phase | |Scope Management |2 | |Time Management |1 | |Cost Management |1 | |Quality Management |2 | |Human Resource Management |3 | |Communication Management |2 | |Risk Management |2 | |Procurement Management |2 | |Integration Management |2 |
Procurement Management Rating Rationale
The inception phase of the project is critical to any project’s procurement management. Besides the cost savings, procurement management also save valuable time and can make the most effective use of the resource task assignment. A good procurement management plan eliminates many repetitive steps involved in purchasing, making many unnecessary or automated. The project team on the Glasgow Science Centre project seemed to have not spent adequate time in defining their procurement management plan. As a result it appears that most of the project management areas did not have the advantage of strong procurement plan. Many of the issues encountered could have been avoid through proper evaluations of suppliers and contractors. This would have lead to the identification of weak areas in the project as defined by potential vendors or availability of existing material or skilled resources. This is reflected in the low ratings of the project phases.
Project Management Area Strengths
During the inception phase of the project, the project team was able to identify the potential technical risk associated with the defined scope of the project. This is a strength that many projects lack or fall short due to overly optimistic project teams. In addition to the risk identification, the project team exercised effective communications management. Considering the rushed nature of the project combined with the challenges in the scope management, the team was able to effectively communicate objectives, issues, and concerns to project team members and project stakeholders. Furthermore, the project team was able to convey and support a convincing argument for the need and funding of the science center tower to potential investors.
Project Management Area Opportunities
In the inception phase there were many opportunities for improvement. In terms of scope management, the project manager could have monitored this phase more aggressively to ensure scope constraints were considered at all points in the planning. The lack of accountability and an effective change control process complicated the team’s ability to meet the stakeholders’ desired expectations for the project. It is critical to get the scope defined as early as possible and then stick to the...