Chunnel Project

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Running head: Case Study 3: The Chunnel Project Case Study 3: The Chunnel Project University of Maryland University College Project Procurement Management, Semester Fall 09, Section 9041 Professor Michael C. Hagerman November 08, 2009 The Inception Stage Rating Scale: 5—Excellent, 4—Very Good, 3—Good, 2—Poor, 1—Very Poor Project Management Area | Development Phase | Scope Management | 2 | Time Management | 4 | Cost Management | 2 | Quality Management | 3 | Human Resource Management | 5 | Communication Management | 2 | Risk Management | 3 | Procurement Management | 3 | Integration Management | 3 | Procurement Management Rating Rationale During the inception phase, the project was marred with project scope challenges. A…show more content…
When problems arose during this project, there was not a sense of urgency to resolve them in time which resulted in scope creep (Anbari, p. 411). The lack of a defined scope hindered the project. There were no definitive designs or specifications that detailed the tunnels needs, such as air-conditioning. The lack of planning led to numerous project changes which created negative schedule variances (Anbari, p. 5). A risk strategy was not in place. . Cost: During the Chunnel Project enough time was not scheduled for proper planning which resulted in cost overruns. More time should have been allotted to allow for a more thorough needs assessment; this could have prevented some assumption errors and unforeseen risks. Despite the fact that the buyer and seller entered into three fixed- price contracts for different phases of the project, Chen & Frame (2006) stated that even with a fixed contract contractors and buyers need to adhere to the risks. This is because if the project has cost overruns, they may result in losses to the contractor as well as the buyers. It is essential therefore to have a favorable forecast of cost structures which must be near accurate and communicated with all stakeholders (p. 83). Communication: Proper communication channels need to be in place for a project to succeed throughout its life cycle. During this project too much time was wasted by the
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