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Congratulations! The project sponsor has approved your business case. You are to proceed to the next step: develop a project management plan.
The project management plan is a stand-alone document that the Project Sponsor will use to assist in obtaining Project Stakeholder sign-off. Amongst other things, it presents the concept (scope, cost, time, quality), notes the project’s feasibility and sustainability, and indicates how risk and quality levels will be identified and addressed.
Because the advancement of your project could really depend on this plan, you’ll want to make sure that it is as succinct, accurate, informed, and of course, as professionally presented as possible.
Submission Details
Word Count Maximum 10,000 words (excluding appendix
Value 30% of final mark
Format and delivery Your submission needs to be professionally presented using the following format:
• A single MS Word document
o Any attachments will not be marked.
o PDFs will not be accepted.
o Embedded links will not be accepted.
• Only one submission per group. The APM in Week 11 is to submit.
• In the header/footer of each page, include the following:
o Page number,
o Group name or number
o Group members’ surnames & student numbers
o (Ex: Group X: Hetfield -123456, James - 654321, etc.)
• Line spacing at 1.5
• 2cm margins
• Font size 12 Arial
• Nominate who worked on each section of the report in each heading, (both in table of contents and in body of document.)
o Ex: SWOT Analysis – James Barnes, Paul Kelly)

Use the following structure for your report with sub-headings as appropriate:
1. Title Page
a. Project title (i.e. the name of the company)
b. Group details presented in a table with names, student numbers and APM period (with corresponding dates)
2. Table of Contents Page
a. In addition to writing names against the headings in the body of the document, next to each heading, note the name of each person that contributed to that section,
? (Ex: 4. Executive Summary – James Barnes, Paul Kelly.)
b. Include listing for graphs, charts, pictures, etc.
3. Executive Summary (approx. 1-2 paragraphs):
a. Project Justification – (what is the issue that the product / service is trying to address)
b. Project Aim – (what the product / service sets out to achieve)
c. Project Scope –
a. Inclusions – What the product / service is about,
b. Constraints – What the project is not about (Ex: It could be about building an office building but not the adjacent parking lot)
c. Assumptions – these are things that are a given (ex: a day will be defined as 8 hours, a work week will be defined a five days and Monday to Friday)
d. Key deliverables of the product / service –What are things that need to be completed in order for the project to be considered successful (ex:
d. Purpose of the Project Management Plan – how this specific document relates to your project, and what it covers.
4. Background
a. Describe the issue / problem / opportunity / market gap that the project is set to address.
a. Provide sufficient detail to prove that the project is not misguided, (i.e. recognise project’s constraints and context).
? Remember: “Say it. Explain it. Support it.”
b. Don’t just list the?details – explain to the reader how and why they are related to the project.
b. Describe how and why existing or similar approaches, products, technologies and/or projects might be applicable and/or relevant to your project. These could be competitors, and / or complimentary services.)
a. Use a table to indicate how these projects are similar. (How you choose to label the table is up to you.)
5. Evaluation of Alternatives (i.e. your weighted scoring model)
(Note: Depending on what alternatives were considered, it may make more sense to include this section before, within, or after, the ‘Project Concept’ section. This is up to you.)
a. Briefly describe the alternative projects that were presented for evaluation
b. Briefly explain and justify the criteria, rankings, weightings, and rating schemes used in developing the Project Selection Matrix.
c. Present the final Project Selection Matrix developed for the evaluation.
d. Provide a summary and analysis of the outcome.
6. Project Concept
a. Describe the project. Explain it in a way that someone completely unfamiliar with the industry, concept, or product would understand.
a. Include whatever pictures, sketches and/or drawings that you think best convey the project concept.
b. Start with an overview and then discuss the various aspects and components in more detail.
c. Mention the basic elements required to complete the project (e.g. for a construction project you’d provide a general list of materials, functionality, required equipment, etc.)
b. Project objectives
c. Project requirements and deliverables – both for the plan and project.
d. Project Key Performance Indicators (Identify at least five (5) KPIs)
a. (I.e. how you will now that project is a success.)
7. Project Feasibility
a. Discuss the feasibility and sustainability of the project, and identity key areas of strength and weakness.
a. Include a detailed and defined SWOT analysis
b. How likely is it to penetrate the market? How sustainable is it in the market?
b. Approval requirements
a. (Ex: ISO, government, professional associations, etc.)
c. Project assumptions - (Identify at least 5 assumptions about the product / service, not the project as noted in section (3. c)
d. Known constraints - (Identify at least 5 constraints about the product / service, not the project as noted in section (3. c)
e. Possible improvements / going forward - (Identify at least 5 improvements.)
8. Project Stakeholders Management:
a. Describe the specific target(s) / users of your project, (This is where you establish the suitability & fit of your project), including:
? Who would use it?
? What would they use it for?
? How would they use it?
b. Describe the additional internal and external stakeholders within the project
c. Stakeholder register
d. Project organisational chart?
e. Communication Matrix?(external and internal)
f. Other information related to HR and Communications Management:
? Change control processes
? Enterprise Environmental factors
? Organisational process assets
? Stakeholder communication requirements
? Info to be communicated (format, content and level of detail)
? Person responsible for communicating info
? Methods of communication (e-mail, fax, etc.
? Frequency of communication (daily, weekly...)
? Escalation process (for issues that can not be dealt with at a lower level)
? Methods for updating and refining communication plan ?
9. Project Schedule Management:
a. Schedule milestones?
b. Project WBS to at least 3 levels of decomposition (work packages). Include activity and activity attributes
c. Project Gantt Chart?(MS Project 2010 or other PM software)
d. Describe how the schedule will be managed during the project (How will you measure it, suggest, implement and record changes?)
e. Other information related to time management:
a. Project schedule network diagrams (which used if applicable)
b. Resource breakdown structure
c. Model data schedule
d. Change Control documents (though these can come much later in the semester)
e. Level of activity listed
f. Activity resource requirements
g. Enterprise environment factors
10. Project Cost Management:
a. First pass estimated costs of in Australian dollars. (For our purposes, costs need only be approximate for large-scale projects.)
b. Provide justification or basis for cost estimates. Where did your numbers come from?
c. Describe how the costs will be managed during the project. (How will you measure it, suggest, implement and record changes?)
d. Other information related to cost management (not all will apply or be relevant:
a. Change control processes
b. Tools for estimating (Software, prior projects, estimating, Rawlinsons Handbook, etc.)
c. Rough order of Magnitude (ROM) – what are the parameters?
d. Tools and techniques used for estimating
e. Cost baseline parameters
f. Variable costs vs. fixed costs?
g. Specific performance measures (EV, CPI, etc.) and their acceptable parameters
h. Enterprise environmental factors
i. Marketplace conditions
j. Commercial databases
k. Organisational process assets
l. Cost estimating policies (does organisation have a policy on ?estimating?)
m. Organisation’s cost estimating templates
n. Historical info, prior files, existing knowledge, etc.
o. Project scope statement
p. Constraints that can limit cost estimating
q. Delivery dates
r. Skilled resources
11. Project Quality Management:
a. Briefly describe the quality items that will be measured during the planning, executing and monitor/control phases of the project. (Identify at least 7 quality items.)
b. Briefly explain and justify the measurable items and units of measure in a Quality Definition Table.
c. Present the final Quality Definition Table developed for quality management.
d. Provide a summary and analysis of the outcome.
e. Other information related to Quality Management:
a. Change control processes
b. ISO
c. Total Quality Management
d. Six Sigma
e. Cost Benefit Analysis – cost-benefit trade-offs
f. Benchmarking – comparing actual with others
g. Design of Experiments – statistical method for developing optimal conditions
h. Cost of Quality (COQ) – cost incurrent for preventing non-conformance
i. Additional quality planning tools - such as matrix diagrams, etc.
j. Quality Management Plan – how it will be done and addresses
k. Quality ?control and quality assurance (if relevant)
l. Group Work Activities
? Brainstorming?
? Benchmarking?
? Charting processes?
? Ranking
? Defining control?
? Undertaking Benefit/Cost Analysis?
? Processes that limit and/or indicate variation
? Control charts?
? Flowcharts?
? Histograms?
? Pareto charts?
? Scattergrams?
? Run charts
m. Others?
? Validity of the methodology?
? Change management approaches and strategies?
? Adherence to review and acceptance procedures
? Resolution of emerging issues?o Monitoring of progress?
? Engaging appropriate project personnel and skills
? Maintenance of documentation and records?
? Outputs that meets agreed customer requirements
? Adherence to budget within time and cost
? Quality metrics – how it will be measured?
? Process improvement plan
12. Project Risk Management:
a. Complete a risk register for the project including development issues and operational issues. (Identify at least 5 risks.)
b. Provide a risk matrix with the above-mentioned risks and explain your reasoning.
c. Other information related to Risk Management:
a. Risk management planning
b. Risk identification
c. Qualitative risk Analysis
d. Quantitative risk analysis
e. Risk response planning
f. Risk monitoring and control
g. Risk analysis techniques used
h. Risk acceptance parameters/criteria
i. Risk categories
j. Change control processes
k. Enterprise Environmental factors
? Risk tolerance, etc.
13. Project Procurement Management:
a. Briefly describe the various types of required contracts for all relevant elements related to your product / service
b. Provide the make-or-buy analysis for relevant items (including office space, computers, etc.)
c. Other information related to Procurement Management:
a. Plan purchases and acquisition
b. Plan contracting
c. Request seller responses
d. Select sellers
e. Contract administration
f. Contract closure
g. Evaluation criteria
h. Weighting system
i. Screening system
j. Seller rating systems
k. Proposal evaluation techniques
l. Risk acceptance parameters/criteria
14. Conclusion
Summarise the above, including a sentence about each section.
15. References ?
Must be CDU Harvard method, with correct formatting refer to:
16. Attachments ?
a. Copy of Project Proposal
b. Copy of Weighted Scoring Model
c. Copy of your Group Contract