Note: This is the third of three assignments which, as a whole, will cover all aspects of the project life cycle relevant to your selected project.Now, it is time for you to discuss your project’s challenges (e.g., risks); performance management plan (e.g., earned value management); and proposed plan for closing the project when it is done.Write a four to six page paper, in which you define the execution, control, and closure aspects of your chosen project. In your paper you must:Provide a brief summary of your chosen project.Identify and discuss your project’s greatest challenges (at least three) and provide a recommendation for addressing each of the challenges.Examine how you manage your project performance via earned value management. Identify at least three key EVM metrics you will use for your project.Discuss your plan to properly close your project when it is over.Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar websites do not qualify as quality resources.Your assignment must follow these 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 and the reference page are not included in the required page length.The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are: Develop a process for measuring the progress of a project, providing oversight, coordinating project closure, and determining project effectiveness.
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Running head: PROJECT PROPOSAL: INITIATING & PLANNING
Assignment 1: Project Proposal: Initiating & Planning
Bennie Carter
BUS 517: Project Management
Steven Englehart
Monday, November 11, 2019
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PROJECT PROPOSAL: INITIATING & PLANNING
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Project Proposal
The proposed project involves building an e-commerce software for retail companies.
The e-commerce software will help e-commerce companies to offer their products through an
online platform. Through the use of e-commerce software, the company will list all the products
it sells. The e-commerce software will allow customers to select the products of their interests
and order them. It is important to have goals while undertaking the project. The goals indicate
the direction that the project will follow and what will be achieved at the end. Antolić, (2008)
argues that an individual must develop measurable and achievable goals. Some of the goals of
the e-commerce software are as follows.
The first goal is usability. The e-commerce software is intended to be simple to use.
According to Bassil, (2012), e-commerce software should be very easy for four customers to use.
The software will allow the customers to view the products that the company sells, select, and
purchase them. For electronic commerce, the customers want needs the website that will be easy
to interact with and able to view the fine details of the products that are sold in terms of the size,
price, and amount. The second goal is functionality. The project will meet the functional
requirements. The e-commerce software will help the business sell its products to its target
customers. The third goal of the software is efficiency. The software will work perfectly as it is
intended.
Some of the objectives of the e-commerce software are as follows. First, e-commerce
software projects will improve customers’ experience. They will easily and quickly access what
they want from the business. Secondly, the software is intended to manage customers and orders.
Thirdly, it is intended to simplify marketing. The software intended to increase company sales
within one year. On the other hand, the key customers for the project will be the supermarkets.
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Ideally, the supermarket offers a variety of products to its customers, which makes them qualify
for electronic commerce. Secondly, it will target retail stores. Key stakeholders include, the
business owners, and customers.
The project will be marked with various key milestones. The first milestone will be the
initiation stage. This phase will involve id edifying an opportunity in the business. To verify the
viability of the opportunity, the data will be collected. Both qualitative and quantitative data will
be collected. This ensures than the customers’ requirements are well captured to avoid software
requirement-based errors. The second milestone will be planning.
In this milestone, the work
will be divided among different IT professionals. Also, the resources needed in the project will
be identified. Also, the cost of making software will be identified. The third phase will be the
implementation of the project. In case the project will be executed. At this stage, the
collaboration and communication with other team members will be crucial. The customers will
be regularly contacted to make sure that the project complements the customers’ needs. The last
phase will be closing. At this phase, the software will be delivered to the customers. The
maintenance will be undertaken to ensure that all bugs are eliminated.
The project will be undertaken for a period of four months. The first month will
incorporate the initiation phase. At this phase, the relevant data will be collected. All the
relevant research will be conducted to ensure that all feature of the e-commerce software is
integrated into the software. The second month will involve planning. In this time, the prototype
of the software will be developed. Also, it will involve assigning the responsibilities of each
team member. All resources needed to complete the project will be identified. In the third month,
the software will be programmed to meet the customers’ requirements. The time and the budget
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will be considered at this phase. The project testing will be carried out in the last month. This
period, any bugs will be identified and corrected.
Some of the costs that will be incurred in the projects include the following. Some of the
key resources that will be needed in the project include funds, human resources, time, and
hardware to test software. In order to attain the success of the software development project, the
project manager will be needed to supervise the project (Kwak & Stoddard, 2004). The project
manager will assign various tasks to the team members. The technical lead will be responsible
for translating the requirements of the customers to a solution. The technical developers will be
involved in creating the deliverables and communicating with the technical lead. Moreover, the
software testers will be allowed to test the software developed and detect any bugs in the
software.
PROJECT PROPOSAL: INITIATING & PLANNING
References
Bassil, Y. (2012). A simulation model for the waterfall software development life cycle.
Antolić, Ž. (2008). An example of using key performance indicators for the software
development process efficiency evaluation. R&D Center Ericsson Nikola Tesla, 6.
Kwak, Y. H., & Stoddard, J. (2004). Project risk management: lessons learned from a software
development environment. Technovation, 24(11), 915-920.
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Running head: PROJECT PROPOSAL – WBS & PROJECT SCHEDULE
Assignment 2: Project Proposal – WBS & Project Schedule
Bennie Carter
BUS 517: Project Management
Steven Englehart
Monday, November 25, 2019
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PROJECT PROPOSAL – WBS & PROJECT SCHEDULE
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Work Breakdown Structure
Building an e-commerce software for retail companies
Initiation Phase
Data Collection
Identifying
business
opportunity
Planning phase
Identify resources
needed
Assign responsibilities
to team members
Develop software
prototype
Creating project
plan
Requirement specifications
Project
Development
Program the
software
Project testing
Identify the bugs
Correct the bugs
PROJECT PROPOSAL – WBS & PROJECT SCHEDULE
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Project Schedule
Phase
Initiation
phase
Planning
Phase
Tasks
Identifying
business
opportunity
Data collection
Creating
project plan
Requirement
specifications
Develop
software
prototype
Assign
responsibilities
to team
members
Activities
Identifying the system to
be developed
Schedule
Start
Finish
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Resources
Human
resources
Determine the data
collection method
Conduct research
Analyze results
25/11/2019
26/11/2019
Human
resources
Money
Data
analysis
tools
Human
resources
Human
resources
Research
tools
Human
resources
Human
resources
Human
resources
27/11/2019
9/12/2019
8/12/2019
14/12/2019
Prepare reports
15/12/2019
16/12/2019
Determine schedule for
project completion
Conduct feasibility study
17/12/2019
18/12/2019
19/12/2019
21/12/2019
Deriving the
requirements
Requirement validation
22/12/2019
22/12/2019
23/12/2019
24/12/2019
Define goals of the
project
25/12/2019
25/12/2019
Create design on paper
26/12/2019
30/12/2019
Discuss the design with
team members
Edit the design using the
feedback provided
Transfer the designer
from paper to the
computer
Determine the tasks to be
done by each member
31/12/2019
1/1/2020
2/1/2020
4/1/2020
5/1/2020
7/1/2020
8/1/2020
9/1/2020
Human
recourses
Determine how the tasks
relate to each other
Determine how to coordinate the activities
10/1/2020
11/1/2020
12/1/2020
13/1/2020
Human
resources
Human
resources
Paper,
pencil
Human
resources
Pencil,
paper
Computer
PROJECT PROPOSAL – WBS & PROJECT SCHEDULE
Identify
resources
needed
Project
Development
Project
Testing
Program the
software
Identify the
bugs
Correct bugs
done by the team
members
Identify the resources
4
14/1/2020
15/1/2020
Determine the
availability and cost of
the resources
16/1/2020
18/1/2020
Determine the computer
language to be used
Develop the IT
infrastructure
Generate programming
code
Write test cases
19.01/2010
21/01/2020
Data
analysis
tools
Computer,
internet
connectivi
ty
Computer
22/01/2020
27/01/202
Computer
28/01/2020
18/02/2020
19/2/2020
21/2/2020
Computer.
software
Computer
Component testing
System testing
Acceptance testing
Analyze results
22/2/2020
28/2/2020
5/3/2020
12/3/202
27/2/2020
4/3/2020
11/3/2020
14/3/2020
Analyze user feedback
Prepare a report
Fix the bugs
15/3/2020
17/3/2020
19/3/2020
16/3/2020
18/3/2020
3/4/2020
Test the system to
determine whether there
are any more bugs
remaining
4/4/2020
10/4/2020
Fix any other problem
11/4/2020
18/4/2020
Computer
Computer
Computer
Computer
software
Computer
Human
resources,
software,
computer
Computer
Human
resources,
computer,
software

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