Week 7 Tutorial: Project Time Management

One of your duties as the project manager is to lead your team in developing a schedule.Mike and Sophie are the information technology professionals. The marketing professionalsare Carlos and Joanna, and John is the purchasing specialist. Don’t forget that you have onlysix months to complete the project and a budget of $500,000. Dorian, the project sponsor,had told you that it is important to finish on time and within budget, but it is even moreimportant to provide a high-quality service and avoid any potential technical or userproblems after implementation. Blue Bank wants to attract new customers with remotedeposit capture and avoid losing current customers, so quality and customer service is key.The team decides to focus on key milestones in developing the schedule, being sure thatsuppliers know their roles on this project and that adequate testing is done.

Tasks

1. Review the WBS and Gantt chart you created for Tasks 2 and 3 in Part 2 above.Propose three to five additional activities you think should be added to help youestimate resources and durations. Write a one-page paper describing these newactivities.

2. Identify at least eight milestones for this project. Write a one-page paper describingeach milestone using the SMART criteria.

3. Using the Gantt chart you created for Task 3 in Part 2 above, and the new activitiesand milestones you proposed in Tasks 1 and 2 above, estimate the task durationsand enter dependencies, as appropriate. Remember that your schedule goal for theproject is six months. Print the Gantt chart and network diagram.

4. Write a one-page paper summarizing how you would assign people to each activity.Include a table or matrix listing how many hours each person would work on eachtask. These resource assignments should make sense given the duration estimatesmade in Task 3 above.

5. Assume that your project team starts falling behind schedule. Describe strategies formaking up lost time and avoiding schedule slips in the future.