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Course Project

Objectives

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This Course Project will provide you with practical experience in applying the skills, tools, and methodologies contained in the coursework for PROJ592. You will be generating a detailed project plan, including a project scope statement, work breakdown structure, schedule, cost estimates, and corrective action plans. In Part 1 (CP-1), you will select a project that requires sufficient detail to demonstrate your understanding of course concepts and provide a scope statement and WBS for this project. In Part 2 (CP-2), you will be provided other details for a new project. In Part 3 (CP-3), you will create corrective actions plans for a project.

The Course Project requires modest use of Microsoft Project software that is available from the Student Software Store under Course Home. You may use either the 2010 or the 2013 version of MS Project–the differences are minor and do not impact the assignment. See also the Project Management Highlight Videos and tutorials rom the Student Resources tab to help you with the Course Project assignment.

Guidelines

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Course Project Part 1—Due Week 2

For Part 1 of the Course Project, assume you have been appointed project manager of a new project for your organization. Your first assignment is to create a scope statement and WBS for this project. 

For this part of the Course Project, you select a project of your choosing. This selected project will be used in Project Part 1 and Project Part 2. I suggest you verify with your instructor the suitability of your selected project by the end of Week 1.  

Select a project of personal interest. For example, select a project where you can identify realistic cost and scheduling concerns. Opening a small retail storefront or a franchise is one example. When selecting your project, keep in mind the goal of CP-1 is to create a scope statement and WBS. In Project Part 2, you will need to create a budget and schedule for this project. Choose something relatively straightforward. For example, simple start-ups, such as pizza or fast-food franchises, work well because information is readily available. It is preferred that you do NOT pick remodeling a house, but building a house or flipping a house is acceptable.   

The CP-1 Project Proposal will be structured with the following sections.

  • Cover page including assignment, project title, course, and student contact information
  • Executive summary that summarizes the content from the entire document with quantifiable highlights, such as overall cost, duration, and so on
  • Project scope statement describing the project
  • Resource loaded WBS and schedule with proper grouping, indenting, and coding for approximately 25 to 40 line items

Submission Requirements

  • The scope statement should be written following guidelines for writing a scope as found in the PMBOK® Guide in Chapter 5. 
  • The WBS should be created in MS Projects following standard indent and outdent practices used in WBS creation.  
  • The assignment should be submitted as two files: one MS Word file for the scope statement and one MS Project file containing the project WBS.