Managing Projects

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Faculty of Business and Law Level: 3 Module: SIM335 Managing Projects Assignment Code: SIM335 Module Leader: Michael Cassop-Thompson Return date: Friday 19th October 2012 Contribution to module assessment: 100% This is an individual assignment – complete both tasks 1 and 2 Background: The assignment is intended to bring out the benefits and limitations of different approaches to project planning and control by relating these to the circumstances in the cases outlined. It is also intended to allow students to demonstrate their learning and competence in respect of the management of resources generally, but in particular elements of scope, schedule, quality, and cost. Case 1: Vobien Ltd is an organisation which provides consultancy advice to the service sector. Consultancy the company provides includes advising upon: process and product innovation, automation of work design, and selection and use of social media. As part of your job as the Vobien Ltd special projects manager you have produced a list of activities that need to be addressed to source a technological solution for monitoring access and egress within a local authorities library service. The details are shown in the table provided. Please note: You must use the methodology detailed above table 1 headed “essential methodology”. Task 1 (40% marks) Draw the network diagram (use activity on the node). (8 marks) Explain how you determined the timing of activities and the total float. (6 marks) Explain how you determined the project duration and the critical path. (6 marks) If the project starts on the Monday 4 February 2013, what is the earliest date it can be completed using a 5 day working week? Assume no other holidays (explain how you calculated the figure). (4 marks) If the following happened what would be the effect on the duration of the whole project? Explain the reasons. (6 marks) Activity E is delayed 1 day. Activity P is delayed 1 day. Activity Q is completed 1 day…

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