Assignment 2: Project Initiation and Planning

Assignment 2: Project Initiation and Planning

Due Week 6 and worth 140 points

Note: Please use the project from Assignment 1 to
complete this assignment, which requires that you provide the necessary
scope for your project.

In Assignment 1, you have defined the objectives of the project in
terms of a problem which it solves or an opportunity on which it
capitalizes. You have also created a Scope Statement (or Statement of
Work) which outlines the basic components of the project. It is now the
time to create a charter, have it approved by the sponsor / client, and
with charter in hand, start the planning process. First, a Work
Breakdown Structure (WBS) is created followed by a project plan /
network.

Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you will:

  1. Discuss the value of a project charter and, based on your research,
    include an outline of the components which you deem necessary for your
    project. Note: You do not need to write a charter.
  2. Specify the stakeholders for the project, and analyze the position
    of each for the project, in terms of their influence, as well as their
    attitude toward the project (i.e., positive, neutral, or negative).
  3. Create a WBS for your project using the proper format (MS Word, MS
    Excel, Visio, or any other applicable format) to depict WBS graphically
    (see the example on page 110 of the textbook). Alternatively, you may
    use a coded format using MS Word (see example on page 115. The example
    is in MS Project format but the same could be done in MS Word).
  4. Create a project plan / network using the proper format (MS Word, MS
    Excel, or any other applicable format) to depict the project network
    (example on page 173). Be sure that all typical components on a project
    network are included, and critical path is properly depicted.
  5. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.
  6. Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
    1. Typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
    2. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the
      student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date.
      The cover page is not included in the required page length.
    3. Include a reference page. Citations and references must follow APA
      format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Develop a project plan including the critical elements of project
    scope, priorities, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), and communication
    plan.
  • Formulate a WBS using principles of project scheduling and
    budgeting, and develop cost and time estimates and allocate resources.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in project management.
  • Write clearly and concisely about project management using proper writing mechanics.

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