Assignment

NIT 12034 Assignment Group Project

TASK Part A: Microsoft Project Design Implementation

  1. Milestones
  • Requirements analysis
  • Software design
  • Software development and testing
  • Hardware: ruggedized data entry tablet
  • Field trial 1 with ruggedized tablet and s/w
  • Field trial 2 after modifications
  • Production approval
  • Produce batch of tablets foe use in field
  1. Resource Allocation

Based on the undertaken project, different team members including system analyst, electronic engineer, software engineer and environmental scientists are required to handle this project. All the resources will be allocated in the above mentioned milestones to complete different activities. For this, available and required number of the resources is summarized as below:

ResourceNumberRequired
EE24
AN55
ES22
SE14

 

  1. All other tasks and summary task
  2. d) Make sure that the holidays described in the “additional information” are not included in the available working days for your project.

The holidays described in the “additional information” are not included in the available working days for project. There are no days for an annual holiday period between 23/12/16 to 4/1/17.

5.TASK Part B: Description and Justification of Project Constraints

Project Schedule PartA1

  1. How long would the project take?

This project will take 343 days.

  1. What are the start and finish dates of the project?

The start data is 20 June 2016 and finish data will be 11 October 2017.

  1. List all the tasks that are on the critical path.
  2. Requirements analysis
  3. Tablet hardware
  4. Tablet requirements
  5. Data requirements
  6. Review and approve
  7. Rules for coding in tablet
  8. Tablet
  9. Application layer
  10. Review and approval
  11. Tablet software
  12. Application layer
  13. Tablet testing
  14. Install software on ruggedized
  15. Testing with ruggedized tablet
  16. Tests of report generation
  17. Review
  18. Modifications and testing
  19. User interface
  20. Tests of report generation
  21. Review
  22. Modifications and testing
  23. Production approval
  24. Produce batch of tablets
  25. d) Did the annual holidays make any difference to the end date of your project?

Explain why/why not.

The annual holidays did not make any significant difference to the project end date as it was considered in the project scheduling where the working and non-working days and time (hours) were defined for team members along with start and finish dates.

These will not affect the project end date as there are no tasks and milestones scheduled during this period and no end dates for any activity/ tasks takes place during these holidays.

Thus, the company annual holiday’s period from 23/12/16 to 4/1/17 was considered as non-working days during developing the schedule and allocation of resources to reduce its impact on the timely completion of the project.

  1. e) If you were asked to complete the project 3 weeks earlier by reducing the duration of some of the tasks in the project, what tasks would you target for reduction and why? In your answer, include specific suggestions about how you could reduce the duration of those tasks.

To complete the project earlier by three weeks, the duration of following tasks will be reduced first is the task of planning (resources, budget), developing MS schedule and gathering requirements, project approval, inspection and preparing documentation.

The planning stage is chosen as it takes longer duration and other tasks are selected as they can be performed parallel with other tasks with affecting the quality, cost and scope of the project (Mubarak, 2015).

The task will be reduced by reducing the task work on critical path, giving more flexibility to scheduling, breaking the planning, and procurement, inspection and documentation tasks into smaller task to be attached with other tasks at same time by different team member.

Thus, to reduce the duration of the identified tasks the project time will be reduces by the method of fast-tracking. In this method, the project tasks will be re-arranged with other tasks so that the tasks are carried out by team members in parallel but in sequence.

The fast-tracking method is preferred as it will allow the project manager to reduce the project schedule by changing the activities sequence without changing or reducing the project scope (Kerzner and Kerzner, 2017).

Thus, the activities/ project tasks will be performed corresponding with other tasks with same resources so that project cost does not get affected. The activities will be performed parallel to each other so that project complete earlier.

Project Schedule PartA2

  1. Describe how you used/would use Microsoft Project to resolve any resource overallocation issues?

Microsoft project software is used for planning and scheduling the stages of project management and during this process, it is found sometimes that resources are overallocated.

In this case, through the Microsoft project, the task can be delay by changing its lead or lag time and at this time, another task is done that help to resolve the resource overallocation issues.

In addition, Microsoft project can also control the resources availability in whole the project and the other resource within the available time that can also be beneficial for the project manager who is facing the problem of resource overallocation in the project (Kerzner and Kerzner, 2017).

  1. In your Word document, list the tasks that are now displayed as “critical”.
  2. c) Do the resource constraints have any impact on your project duration and end date? Explain.

It has been seen under the project that resources play an important role to accomplish it on time and with more effectiveness.

In this way, it is clearly mentioned that resource constraints are the causes of project delays because, in absence of sufficient resources, the project cannot be completed on time due to inability to complete all the stages of the project that is why the delivery date of the project has to change within the organization.

In addition, this inability to meet the deadlines creates the huge pressure on the project team to complete it on time that is not possible without enough resources (Mubarak, 2015).

References

Kerzner, H. and Kerzner, H.R., (2017). Project management: a systems approach to planning, scheduling, and controlling. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.

Mubarak, S. A. (2015). Construction project scheduling and control. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.

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