Management assignment – project management-plan

You are a project manager in the IT department of a company. You have been asked to develop a customised software application for the sales department of your company. You have already gathered the requirements, documented the specifications, and developed a project schedule. The head of the sales department wants the user interface of the software to be generated early in the project so that she can provide feedback that will enable you to make adjustments to the user interface. After seeing the user interface, the head of the sales department suggests a number of changes and some new features to be added to the software.

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On the basis of the project information, complete the following tasks:

  1. Construct a project schedule to determine the overall cost of and time for the project.
  2. Identify the finish date.
  3. Calculate the total cost.
  4. scribe the process that was followed to review and approve the change request.
  5. Identify the new finish date after the approval of changes.
  6. Calculate the new total cost after the approval of changes.

Use the following information for arriving at your answers:

 

Task #

Description

Duration

Predecessor

1

Gather requirements

10 days

 

2

Write use cases

5 days

1

3

Get client approval

2 days

2

4

Write specifications

5 days

3

5

Create high-level design

5 days

4

6

Create detailed design and schedule

5 days

5

7

Create user interface

15 days

6

8

Get client feedback

1 day

7

9

Create database

5 days

6

10

Write support modules

30 days

6

11

Unit test support modules

5 days

10

12

Write high-level functions

45 days

6

13

Unit test high-level functions

10 days

12

14

Integration testing

5 days

13,11

15

Acceptance testing

5 days

14,8

 

Required resources are as follows:

 

Tasks

Required resources

Gather requirements

Product manager and project manager

Write use cases

Project manager and product manager

Get client approval

Product manager

Write specifications

Project manager

Create a high-level design

System architect

Create a detailed design and schedule

System architect and project manager

Create a user interface

User interface programmer

Get client feedback

Project manager and user interface programmer

Create a database

Database programmer

Write support modules

Coder

Perform a unit test of support modules

Coder

Write high-level functions

Programmer

Perform a unit test of high-level functions

Programmer

Perform integration testing

System architect, programmer, and coder

Perform acceptance testing

Project manager and system architect

 

Resource hourly rates (in €/hour) are:

 

Resource

Hourly Rate

Project manager

45.00

Product manager

40.00

System architect

40.00

User interface programmer

35.00

Database programmer

30.00

Programmer

30.00

Coder

25.00

 

The start date for the project is 12 October. All Saturdays and Sundays are non-working days. Calculate the Saturdays and Sundays on the basis of the current calendar year. Additionally, the following are non-working days:

  • 30 November
  • 25 December
  • 28 December
  • 1 January
  • 4 January
  • 17 March
  • 2 April
  • 5 April
  • 3 May
  • 31 May
  • 12 July

At the close of the client feedback session (task 8), the head of the sales department wants some changes to be made, and as such, makes a formal change request that day. It takes 14 working days for the change request to be approved.

An analysis of the impact of the change reveals the following:

  • Changes to the database module will require 5 days.
  • Testing of the new database module will take 5 days following the changes.
  • Changes to the support modules will require 7 additional days of work.
  • Changes to the high-level functions will require 10 additional days of work.

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