Computer Science

Assignment 1: Project Proposal

You have been selected to be the project manager (for a project of your choice). The project that you decide to use should meet all the key criteria of a project as outlined in the PMBOK, such as (a) having a beginning and an end; (b) results in something being delivered to someone; (c) requires a series of activities that must be done to complete the project; and (d) requires resources (e.g., people, materials) to complete the work. The project should be an information technology-related project, something related in an area of information technology that is of interests to you. If you need help in determining a project, please consult with your professor.

Write a 7- to 11-page paper in which you define the scope of your chosen project. In your paper you must:

1. Provide a brief summary of your chosen project.

2. Describe at least three project goals and three project objectives.

3. Identify the key customer(s) and at least two stakeholders for your project. Remember, you are delivering the project to your customer(s); however, there are others (stakeholders) who have a vested interest in your project.

4. Describe at least three key milestones and/or deliverables for your project.

5. Describe a high-level timeline that includes key tasks and deadlines.

6. Estimate the project’s overall cost, any key staffing/non-staffing resources needed, and how you plan to acquire them.

7. Identify at least three risks for your project and how you plan to manage them.

8. Identify how you plan to stay on track.

9. Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:

· Typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.

· 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.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

· Apply the project lifecycle to define a given project and develop its project charter and other necessary project documents.

· Evaluate the role and responsibility of the project manager, the project team, and key stakeholders.

· Develop the scope, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), and schedule for a given project and assign the appropriate budget/resources to it.

· Develop a process for controlling a given project to reduce risk and evaluate its performance against established criteria.

· Initiate the closure of a given project and complete all of the necessary activities related its closure.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

Points: 200 Assignment 1: Project Proposal
Criteria Unacceptable

Below 60% F

Meets Minimum Expectations

60-69% D

Fair

70-79% C

Proficient

80-89% B

Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Provide a brief summary of your chosen project.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely provided a brief summary of your chosen project. Insufficiently provided a brief summary of your chosen project. Partially provided a brief summary of your chosen project. Satisfactorily provided a brief summary of your chosen project. Thoroughly provided a brief summary of your chosen project.
2. Describe at least three project goals and three project objectives.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely described at least three project goals and three project objectives. Insufficiently described at least three project goals and three project objectives. Partially described at least three project goals and three project objectives. Satisfactorily described at least three project goals and three project objectives. Thoroughly described at least three project goals and three project objectives.
3. Identify the key customer(s) and at least two stakeholders for your project.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely identified the key customer(s) and at least two stakeholders. Insufficiently identified the key customers and at least two stakeholders. Partially identified the key customers and at least two stakeholders. Satisfactorily identified the key customers and at least two stakeholders. Thoroughly identified the key customers and at least two stakeholders.
4. Describe at least three key milestones and/or deliverables for your project.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely described at least three key milestones and/or deliverables for your project. Insufficiently described at least three key milestones and/or deliverables for your project. Partially described at least three key milestones and/or deliverables for your project. Satisfactorily described at least three key milestones and/or deliverables for your project. Thoroughly described at least three key milestones and/or deliverables for your project.
5. Describe a high-level timeline that includes key tasks and deadlines.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely described a high-level timeline that includes key tasks and deadlines. Insufficiently described a high-level timeline that includes key tasks and deadlines. Partially described a high-level timeline that includes key tasks and deadlines. Satisfactorily described a high-level timeline that includes key tasks and deadlines. Thoroughly described a high-level timeline that includes key tasks and deadlines.
6. Estimate the project’s overall cost and any key staffing and non-staffing resources needed.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely estimated the project’s overall cost and any key staffing and non-staffing resources needed. Insufficiently estimated the project’s overall cost and any key staffing and non-staffing resources needed. Partially estimated the project’s overall cost and any key staffing and non-staffing resources needed. Satisfactorily estimated the project’s overall cost and any key staffing and non-staffing resources needed. Thoroughly estimated the project’s overall cost and any key staffing and non-staffing resources needed.
7. Examine your project’s greatest challenge and provide a recommendation for addressing the challenge in question.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely examined your project’s greatest challenge and did not submit or incompletely provided a recommendation for addressing the challenge in question. Insufficiently examined your project’s greatest challenge and insufficiently provided a recommendation for addressing the challenge in question. Partially examined your project’s greatest challenge and partially provided a recommendation for addressing the challenge in question. Satisfactorily examined your project’s greatest challenge and satisfactorily provided a recommendation for addressing the challenge in question. Thoroughly examined your project’s greatest challenge and thoroughly provided a recommendation for addressing the challenge in question.
8. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting.

Weight: 10%

More than 8 errors present. 7-8 errors present. 5-6 errors present. 3-4 errors present. 0-2 errors present.

Discussions: 200 words each

1

“Value of a Project Charter”

Please respond to the following:

· You are heading up a project to move your corporate HQ office from Washington, DC to New York City (similar to this project https://wtop.com/business-finance/2018/01/discovery-leaving-silver-spring-new-york/). You insist that a project charter be created. Your Project Sponsor thinks this is a waste of time. Explain to your Project Sponsor the importance of this activity and what could go wrong if you skip this step.

2

“Developing the Project Scope Statement”

Please respond to the following:

· You have now completed the charter for your office relocation to NY from DC. The Project Sponsor wants to expand the scope of the project, but you are hesitant to do so per the constraints in place. Discuss why increasing the scope of this project is not a good idea. If you must increase scope, what additional considerations (costs, timeline) must be given to accomplish this scope change?

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