Project Management Assignment

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Assignment 2
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157.246: Project Management and Systems Implementation

PURPOSE1
INTRODUCTION TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT1
INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT PROJECT2
FORMAT OF THIS ASSIGNMENT3
USING MICROSOFT PROJECT IN PC COMPUTER LABORATORY3
File SAVE and BACKUP requirements3
Starting Microsoft Project4
THE PALMERS GOLF COURSE PROJECT4
Project background4
Setting the Project Start Date4
Setting default values5
Set Current Date5
Set the Calendar5
Set the Working Time6
Set the Project Calendar7
Set the Gantt chart bar display8
Enter tasks in the schedule8
Durations and Milestones10
Set Milestones10
Set Durations10
Designating tasks and sub-tasks11
Setting milestones15
Formatting the Deliverable16
Deliverable #1: Initial Gantt Chart17
Deliverable #2: Report19
Create a resource list20
Practical example of resource application22
Task constraints23
To change the relationship between the tasks with lag and lead times:23
Allocating resources to Palmers Golf Course Project24
Entering resources for each task24
Entering and changing unit percentages26
Slack Time27
Budget28
Deliverable #3: Resource Management29
TRACKING PROGRESS30
Updating the project schedule31
Deliverable #4: Final Gantt Chat and Budget Report32
SUMMARY32
ASSESSMENT32
Assessment33

PURPOSE
This assignment is designed to provide you with practical experience in applying project management concepts. Specifically, the objectives of this assignment are:

* To learn fundamental skills in the use of project management software – in this case, Microsoft Project. * To produce key elements of a project management plan, including the adjustment of a project proposal to fit within a schedule. * To practice some professional communication skills as you write a memorandum to the Project Manager to explain your project plan and make recommendations for action.

You will follow this approach in completing this assignment:

* Learn to use the application. Use this assignment and the on-line tutorial to learn how to use Microsoft Project. * Apply what you learn from the tutorial to prepare a project plan then adjust that project plan to meet the adjusted requirements. * Prepare a memo that describes your revised project proposal. This will challenge your ability to explain and justify complex program changes in a brief memo with specific recommendations for action. * Finally, submit your assignment by the due date.

Microsoft Project will help you plan, manage, consolidate and communicate information about your projects efficiently, by combining the critical path method of scheduling with a graphical environment. It is used to construct Gantt charts, PERT (Project Evaluation Review Technique) charts and different types of both Task and Resource reports.

You are expected to work through this assignment in your own time, using either the PC computing laboratories or your home computer. If you have questions or problems with the Microsoft Project software or in completing the assignment, you should ask the tutor for assistance in the allocated lab times. INTRODUCTION TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT

At its core, project management is simply the planning, organizing and managing of tasks and resources to accomplish a defined objective, usually with constraints on time and cost. Most projects, whether they are large and complex or small and simple, can be planned by breaking the project into small, easily manageable tasks, scheduling the tasks, and then tracking the tasks as work progresses.

Project management helps you answer questions such as:
* What is to be done?
* Who will complete the task?
* When must it be done?
* How much will it cost?
* What happens if work isn’t completed on time?

Typically, project management involves...
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