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This report examines a project involving moving a boiler and redecoration of a bedroom. It details the plans and budget for the project, and how the concepts of time-management, task performance and motivation will be applied to assist in the implementation of it. This report concludes that the project is feasible and within budget, and that the aforementioned concepts will significantly improve the outcome of the task.  CONTENTS

1. Introduction4
2. The Project4
2.1 Feasibility4
2.2 Project plan5
2.3 Budgeting8
3. Project implementation9
3.1 Time-management10
3.2 Managing task performance10
3.3 Motivation11
4. Conclusion12
5. References12

1. Introduction

This report details how I am going to manage a home renovation project, and how I have planned it. I will also discuss the three key management ideas of time-management, managing task performance and motivation, and how I aim to use these to help the project run smoothly.

2. The Project

The third bedroom in my house is tiny and I need to increase the size to allow me to fit a set of bunk beds into it. There is a cupboard in it which houses the central heating boiler and I realised that by moving the boiler and ripping the cupboard out, an extra two square metres of floor space would be created.

2.1. Feasibility

The three main concerns I had when considering whether this project could go ahead were:
(a) was it possible to move the boiler,
(b) Where could I move it to,
(c) How much would it cost?
After consultation with a gas-fitter, it was clear that the boiler could easily be moved into the loft. However, it would cost £750.00 to move it, and as 10% of boilers fail after being moved, I would have to be prepared for an extra cost of £620.00 should that happen. As this was more than the £1000 I had saved up, I decided to put the project on hold until February, while I saved up the extra money required.

2.2 Project plan

The major task in this project is to move the boiler. This requires the room to be cleared out, the cupboard to be ripped out, and a power supply fitted in the loft. After that the room will need complete redecoration. As my partner is a painter, he can do a lot of the work himself, with me helping as well. However, we need a registered gas-fitter and electrician to carry out the plumbing and electrical work. Time is also a major factor in this project, as my son will have to sleep on the floor as works are carried out.

Table 1 Detailed plan for my project
ActivityDependent tasksDurationResource
1Order materials and furniturenone1 dayme
2Clear roomnone½ dayme
3Rip out cupboard and wall2½ dayme & partner
4Power supply to loftnone½ dayelectrician
5Move boiler into loft2,3,41 ½ daysgas fitter
6Reboard ceiling and wall1,2,3,51 daypartner, plasterboard, screws, scrim 7Redecorate room1,2,3,5,61.5 dayspartner
8Build bunkbeds and other flatpack furniture1,2,3,5,6,7½ daypartner, me, flatpack furniture 9Hang curtains, make beds, put toys, clothes etc. back into room1,2,3,5,6,7,8½ dayme

The Gantt chart below identifies who is doing each task and the time, in days, each task will take to do. As can be seen it will take 9 days to do the job

Figure 1 Gantt chart to show my project plan
1 Order materials & flatpacks
2 Clear room
3 Rip out cupboard and wall
4 Power supply into loft
5 Move boiler into loft
6 Reboard walls and ceiling
7 Redecorate room
8 Build furniture
9 Put toys and clothes back

Key Me and partner
Gas fitter

The critical path analysis, shown in Figure 2 below, shows that any delay between tasks 2 and 8 will delay the project. I do have a degree of flexibility with...
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