28 Pages 7053 Words Project Management Methodologies

| May 16, 2019

2 Written Assessment Assessment Title Project Management Methodologies Task Description Introduction Businesses need to be innovative and creative to create a niche for their business operations. As competition is ever increasing, survivability of an organisation will depend on how well they respond to these challenges. One possible solution is project management. Good project management practices can help organisations to better plan, organise, manage and control work, which leads to better performance and increased productivity. The project management methodologies of organisations may vary but nonetheless will have a common project management language and framework across the organisation, often adapted from external standards like those of the PMI. However, management structures are different in every organisation and therefore one project management methodology does not fit all. Selecting a standard methodology that does not fit within the framework of the organisation may not achieve its promised benefits. Scenario You are a project management consultancy and have been hired to advise three separate organisations on the best choice of project management methodology for each of their respective organisations. Details of the organisations are provided in assessment information accessible from the Assessment block in the unit Moodle site. Task You are to present your recommendations for the most appropriate project methodology for EACH of the three organisations to adopt. The methodologies can be chosen from one of the two most commonly known methodologies (i.e. PMBOK developed by the Project Management Institute or PRINCE2,developed by the Office of Government Commerce in the UK) or any other project management methodology that you think best suits the relevant organisation’s needs. Your recommendations must be supported by detailed explanations and must also address the following questions: • Is implementing a project management methodology considered a management level activity? Who should be involved? • Should the chosen project management methodology be implemented in its entirety? Please support your decision with an implementation plan. • What issues might you encounter when implementing the chosen project management methodology? • What should be done to address the difficulties faced in attempting to implement the methodology? • What benefits do you attribute to the use of the chosen project management methodology Your submission should be made using Microsoft Office documents and the essay submitted as a separate 2,500 – 3,000 word Microsoft WORD document. Supporting diagrams / figures may be presented in other formats – Excel, PowerPoint slides, PDF documents, as part of the appendix and will not count towards the essay’s word limit. Tables should be placed in the essay and shall be included in the word count. You should describe all of the required parts of your methodology in as complete manner as you deem appropriate. A range of sample methodologies will be identified for you to study during the unit. If you wish to include examples of any parts you may do so in an appendix. You must not include pictures or diagrams in the body of the essay. You must provide an ILLUSTRATION OR DRAWING OF YOUR METHODOLOGY /IES. in the appendix of your essay. Your essay should be a properly constructed academic essay. It should contain an effective introduction, body and conclusion. The introduction should introduce the essay and include your argument. The body should present the evidence you have collected to support your recommendations, provide your assumptions, summarise the evidence and the conclusion should restate your recommendations on a high level. The essay should contain a coherent, but necessarily restricted review of the academic literature on the project management topics in question. The literature review should be integrated into the essay, not a separate section. Do not include an executive summary or an abstract. A reference list formatted in the prescribed Harvard style is compulsory. Do not include a bibliography. This assessment item involves researching your assigned topic to enhance your understanding of project management concepts and utilisation of academic literature. Whilst you use the recommended textbooks you may also refer to relevant peer reviewed, academic journal articles. You will be expected to present information and cite at least twenty (20) times from relevant course material or other PEER REVIEWED sources. ________________________________________ Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (18 May 2018) 11:55 pm AEST AEST ________________________________________ Return Date to Students Marks for this assessment will be released 2 weeks after the submission (01 June 2018) ________________________________________ Weighting 40% ________________________________________ Assessment Criteria Your assignment will be assessed on the extent and quality to which it meets each of the following criteria: • A pictorial illustration of the methodology is supplied? (10%) • A high-level textural overview of the methodology is provided? (10%) • An implementation plan has been explained that is an accurate reflection of the case study? (10%) • The methodology/ies should reflect the following:- o The methodology/ies reflects an ability to use and apply fundamental concepts and skills of the unit, going beyond mere replication of content knowledge or skill to show understanding of key ideas, awareness of their relevance, some use of analytical skills, and some originality or insight in relation to the learning outcomes of the assignment. (25%) o The methodology demonstrates awareness and understanding of deeper and less obvious aspects of the unit, such as ability to identify and debate critical issues or problems, ability to solve non-routine problems, ability to adapt and apply ideas to new situations, and ability to invent and evaluate new ideas. (25%) o The methodology/ies has been presented with imagination, originality or flair, based on proficiency in all the learning outcomes of the unit; work is interesting or surprisingly exciting, challenging, well read or scholarly. (10%) • Clarity of expression, grammar and spelling? (10%) ________________________________________ Referencing Style • Harvard (author-date) ________________________________________ Submission Online Group ________________________________________ Learning Outcomes Assessed • Explain reasons why organisations adopt Project Management Methodologies • Critically analyse the impact of Project Management Methodologies upon stakeholders • Explain and justify the major elements of a Project Management Methodology that might meet the needs of an organisation. ________________________________________ Graduate Attributes • Knowledge • Communication • Cognitive, technical and creative skills • Research • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

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