Essay on Project Management

1183 Words May 28th, 2011 5 Pages
Spring 11 IE 5541: Project Management Homework #6
You can work on this assignment individually, or in a group of 2 or 3. If you work as a team, please turn in one copy of the assignment.

PROBLEM 1: A&D HIGH TECH (25 POINTS)
The product management aspect of this case is showing its age: published in 2006, and set in 2002 - 3. Some of you will question their technology choices. Do your best to focus on the PM aspects, assuming that their technology choices were appropriate for a conservative company at that time.

Objective
A major managerial challenge is analyzing project plans rendered in MS Project (or other software) and determining their chance of success. Rather than looking at the basic issues of a project, many managers simply
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However, on p.5, it has become May 2003. Please use 2003 (the (B) part of the case continues with the 2003 assumption)

Spring 11 IE 5541: Project Management Homework #6
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6. Input your Material Resources (p 5 “Physical Infrastructure”) Add Workstation and Server as Material Resources (be sure to include the unit in the resource name) Accrue at = Start Be careful. Dr Jeffery (the case author) wrote created the case using MP Project 2003 (which did have a higher number of odd behaviors). In fact, the instructors’ guide for this case states: … MS Project [can seem] ‘buggy’…. [T]he problem is … often that MS Project is not calculating duration correctly, given the number of resources for each task. We suggest that students sense-check this manually for each task of the final project plan. I don’t seem to have problems with this assignment using MS Project 2007. In the past, a few students have had problems with unbalanced work packages (W  D * Units). The problems often occur in the lines Design Capture Customer Profile Page and Design View & Search Product Cart. Take care and work carefully with multiple backups. If you have trouble that can’t be easily resolved: clear leveling (if you have already leveled resources), delete the problematic line, carefully re-add the line. 8. Assign Material Resources to Work Products o We can assume that the Workstations and Servers are readily available. Add them as…

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