The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the process of proper project management. Project management consists of organizing, planning, and scheduling activities to meet cost and time constraints. Project plans in an organization are initiated to make a positive change in the organization. This paper will focus its discussion on project management aspects that erSoftware is working on using Microsoft Project 2007. It will cover all aspects of project management, including a description of the project, problem statement, project scope and a measure of project success.
erSoftware is a third party vendor that customizes and installs internet application solutions. After failing to correctly develop and install software to three clients within the contracted timeframe, erSoftware decided that it is necessary to increase application time in order to remain profitable, maintain their market leader status, and fulfill the company mission of providing the guaranteed service with a specified time. If erSoftware cannot continue to meet deadlines, clients will not recommend or hire the services of erSoftware in the future. Description of project
The board and CEO at erSoftware looked to Team B, in the IT Department, to arrive at a solution to decrease application and development time. Team B’s recommendation is to standardize the .NET Development Environment. By standardizing, application time can be decreased by fifteen to twenty percent. Therefore, for erSoftware to remain profitable, Team B’s project is to standardize the .NET Development Environment to decrease application time for development and installation to outside vendors. This project will be accomplished by April 20, 2008, at a cost of approximately twenty thousand dollars ($20,000). Management at erSoftware feel this is a small investment compared with the potential outcome for the company. Problem/Result Statement
In the current global, competitive environment, technology is critical. Therefore, correct development and installation of software applications is crucial to remain competitive and profitable. If a corporation contracts with a company to customize and install software applications, the corporation expects the contracted company to fulfill their contractual obligations. If erSoftware continues to exceed costs and deadlines for vendors, revenue decreases and profits fall. This project, therefore, is important for Team B to complete successfully for erSoftware to continue as a company corporations look to for software applications services. Mission Justification
A mission statement is a general statement that provides the purpose and direction of the project. It is very important to the success of the project, giving the project team a clear understanding of the direction the project is going. erSoftware’s mission is to be the premier company which provides information technology solutions to enhance client revenue and efficiency. The .NET Development Environment project aligns with the mission of the organization and the project. Company mission is to provide premier services and, currently, erSoftware did not fulfill that mission with the previous three clients. Completing this project within the specified time frame will ensure that the company remains profitable and fulfills its current mission.
There are four Team B members. Each member will have responsibility for certain tasks and those are labeled in the Responsibility Matrix in Appendix A. Scope
The scope of a project is the sum of products and services that the project provides (Kerzner 2003). This includes the total work involved in the project at all levels. The deliverables of the project should be defined as clearly as possible for all participants and end users. Upon completion of the .NET project, erSoftware will continue to serve their clients software needs more efficiently, which was not accomplished with the...