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1 Running Head: CASE STUDY ANALYSIS OF THE ORION SHIELD PROJECT

Case Study Analysis of the Orion Shield Project

Mark H. Komori University of Maryland University College

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Table of Contents Executive Summary ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3 Section One: Technical Issues ………………………………………………………………………………………… 3

1.0 Project Integration Management …………………………………………………………………….. 3 2.0 Project Scope Management ……………………………………………………………………………... 4 3.0 Project Time Management ……………………………………………………………………………..… 4 4.0 Project Cost Management …………………………………………………………………………….….. 5 5.0 Project Quality Management ………………………………………………………………………….… 5 6.0 Project Human Resource Management …………………………………………………………….. 6 7.0 Project Communications Management …………………………………………………………….. 6 8.0 Project Risk Management …………………………………………………………………………………. 7 9.0 Project Procurement Management ………………………………………………………………….. 8 Section Two: Ethical Issues ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 8 Section Three: Legal and Contractual ………………………………………………………………………………. 9 Section Four: Recommendations ………………………………………………………………………………………10 Section Five: Responses to case study questions ………………………………………………………………11 References ………………………………………………………………………………………….…………………………….15

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Executive Summary The basic concepts of project management calls for proper planning, organization and the management of a variety of resources in order to successfully achieve a certain goal. One of the most important objectives of project management is the ability to deliver a product or service within a certain time constraint or “on time” as well as being fiduciary responsible or “within budget.” Thus, it can be seen that good project management makes efficient use of time, money, personnel, materials and supplies, and methods of communication in order to successfully complete a project. Unfortunately, these basic methods of project management were not used by Scientific Engineering Corporation in the Orion Shield Project. This paper has compared Scientific Engineering Corporation’s (SEC) project management techniques to the nine project management knowledge areas as outlined in the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) 4th ed., 2008. According to PMBOK (2008), there are only five process groups- initiation, planning, execution, control and monitoring, and closing. A good project manager must implement a project control system plan that encompasses these five process groups. The plan should be initiated right from the beginning in order to ensure that the project proceeds on time and within budget. Failure to have a sound project control system will lead to a huge disaster. This was the case for SEC’s program manager- Gary Allison and the Orion Shield Project. A comparison of the key nine technical management areas of project management as well as the ethical, legal and contractual issues that were created as a result of SEC’s project management style have been discussed in this case study analysis concluding with a list of recommendations. Section One: Technical Issues 1.0 Project Integration Management In reference to the PMBOK (2008), process integration management includes developing a project charter, developing a preliminary project scope statement, developing a project management plan, directing and managing project execution, monitoring and controlling project work, integrating change control and lastly closing the project. According to Milosevic (2003),”winners clearly spell out what needs to be done in a project, by whom, when and how.” In regards to Orion Shield Project, it can be clearly stated that SEC’s Director of Engineering -Henry Larsen and Gary Allison- Larsen’s hand-picked program manager for the Orion Shield Project did not follow Milosevic’s statement. Larsen did not have any formal project plan in place nor did he attempt to acquire any type of project integration management...
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