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Assignments for CIS8010 for S2-2016

Due Date:   Assignment 3 (16 Sept)

Assignment 5 (Due 24 Oct )

Student requirements

The objective of this assignment is to assess your understanding of basic project management concepts and your proficiency in using project management software to produce project documentation. In particular, the assignment focuses on the following PMBOK knowledge areas:

Project integration management;

Project scope management;

Project time management, and;

Project cost management.

 

Your task is to develop a PowerPoint presentation (Assignment 3) followed by a report (Assignment 5) for a major Theme Park Company. This business has several parks around Australia and attracts approximately 200,000 families per month. The parks appeal to all types of individuals (both nationally and internationally) including children, adults, teenagers and senior citizens.

The existing corporate information systems are quite dated. Several of them utilise superseded or legacy technologies. Management reporting out of these systems is difficult to produce and

General growth is constrained by the limitations of these underlying systems.

Recognizing the fact that the systems are not meeting management, frontline staff or customer needs, the board has endorsed a “Digital Transformation” strategy, with the high level goal of modernizing its information systems.

As an initial project, you have been requested to initiate a replacement of the Customer Relationship Management system and associated “park pass”. The current application is a thick client (limited to operating on a PC), with no mobile or web capabilities. There is also no integration between the current CRM and “park pass” (a payment card that is used to access to rides and purchase refreshments and souvenirs while in the park). In addition, each park has their own customer systems, which are not integrated across parks or with other management systems. A team of analysts collate extracts monthly to produce overall performance reporting.

From the customer side, there is no way to reward families that are loyal visitors to multiple park brands. The board would like to see customer be able to use their park pass to book online and through a newly developed mobile app.

The immediate task on hand is to develop a business plan including financial modeling aspects, human resource requirements, scheduling tasks, and solution scope. The management board would like to see an integrated, up-to-date system being developed that is accessible anywhere and hosted externally, away from the company’s data centre (i.e. cloud).

 

There are 1500 employees, made up of:

250 back office (operations, finance, etc.) staff, who need insight to customer data and park performance from their primary work computers

50 park and corporate managers, who are highly mobile and primarily need performance information (e.g. customer profitability) on mobile devices

 

1200 park employees, who need customer insights such as cross sale and discount points at point of sale systems or on mobile devices at ride kiosks, etc.

 

Assignment 5 (35 % Marks) (Due Date 24 Oct 2016)

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Objectives Covered

 

  • understand the project life cycle: initiation, planning, executing, controlling and closing
  • describe project management knowledge areas and process groups
  • Apply project management software to help plan and manage information technology projects.

 

You are required to provide a professional business report to the CEO and board of directors such that they are able to formulate strategies and allocate resources for the implementation of the project. This is a report for the implementation plan and it must not exceed 2000 words. This is a business report, fully researched and developed with supporting arguments sourced from credible journals. This component should be validated through a plagiarism software. It must contain:

 

  1. a comprehensive pre and post implementation plan of the new customer systems for the organisation;
  2. An implementation plan detailing time, cost and resource schedules. This is a project management document and you must fully demonstrate your skills in presenting a project management plan;
  3. an identification of resources required to implement the above project plan;
  4. a highlighting of potential risks (including challenges) and how these risks can be mitigated;
  5. strategies to tracking project progress (including cost) for the project; and
  6. A set of recommendations as to how the project can be successfully implemented.

 

The above components are to be presented to the CEO, and therefore need to be succinct and meaningful. The assignment should be thoroughly researched, with evidence provided through references. The CEO is keen to see a well-argued case, highlighting insights as to the key aspects, and would like to see strong points arguing your case as to the tactics and strategies for project tracking.

The above documents should be developed clearly using project tools that are available to you. As per the presentation, use your imagination to make any assumptions necessary for your report (e.g. solution cost) – you are required to state your assumptions clearly and package the documents in a professional report to management for their consideration.

 

Assignment 5 Brief

Two main sections:

  • An Executive Report – utilising your knowledge identify some of your key recommendations on how to deliver the project successfully.
  • A Project implementation Plan – a project deliverable from the methodology that the organisation has, a brief plan on the Planning, Implementation & Closing Stages of the project.

Combine together into one document, submit as a PDF.

The Assignment Scenario & Requirements document highlighted 6 key requirements – which are matched to their applicable section in red.

Executive Report (Approx. 250 words total)

  • Management Report, written like a report
  • References!

Introduction (150 words)

  • Brief Background
  • Reference Presentation
  • Reference Financials

Recommendations (1000 words)

  1. a set of recommendations as to how the project can be successfully implemented.

4 – 8 key management tactics/strategies for successful implementation of the Project

  • External Quality Assurance
  • Scope Change Management
  • Communications Management
  • Organisational Change Management
  • Development Approach (e.g. Waterfall or Agile)
  • Team Formation (HR Management)
  • Any other item from the course you believe execution of will assist successful implementation
  • Sponsors/Steering Committee Roles, etc
  • Scheduling techniques
  • Any other area of study from the course you feel is important for successful project delivery!

Conclusion (100 words)

  • Brief Wrap-up

 

Project Implementation Plan (Approx. 550 words total)

  1. a comprehensive pre and post implementation plan of the new customer systems for the organisation;
  2. an implementation plan detailing time, cost and resource schedules. This is a project management document and you must fully demonstrate your skills in presenting a project management plan;
  • Plan covering the Planning, Implementation & Closing Process Groups
  • Concise Project Management document. Focus on clarify of communication (e.g. tables, Bullets, Numbered lists)
  • Referencing allowed, but likely most your referencing is in the previous section

Planning Assumptions

  • In house Build or Buy
  • Contract or Internal Staff

Plan Pre-requisites

  1. an identification of resources required to implement the above project plan;
  • Resources
  • Budget Allocation
  • Stakeholders

Monitoring and Control

  1. strategies to tracking project progress (including cost) for the project; and

How will the project schedule, budget, etc be monitored over the life of the project?

Plan Budgets

Covering time and cost, including provisions for risks and changes

Plan Risk Management

  1. a highlighting of potential risks (including challenges) and how these risks can be mitigated;

Identify Risks to the Plan and recommend mitigation strategies

  • Key Resources
  • External Vendor
  • Requirements Quality/Completeness

Schedule

  • Make sure you include Planning, Implementation & Closing Stages

 

References (not included in word count)

  • Standard USQ Style

 

Appendices (not included in word count)

  • Work Breakdown Structure/WBS Dictionary
  • Financial Analysis
  • Other Artefacts from Assignment 3 relevant to this document
  • Other models/etc

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