Case 1: Jackman Ltd is an organisation which provides saleable products to the educational sector. Schools, universities and commercial training organisations are regular customers. These products include: stationary, office furniture, and business attire. As part of your job as the Jackman Ltd special projects manager, you have produced a list of activities that need to be addressed to source a new range of soap dispensers for supply to the sector. The details are shown in the table provided. Please note: You must use the methodology detailed above table 1 headed �essential methodology�.
Task 1 (40% marks)
1) Draw the network diagram (use activity on the node). (8 marks)
2) Explain how you determined the timing of activities and the total float. (6 marks)
3) Explain how you determined the project duration and the critical path. (6 marks)
4) If the project starts on the Monday 5 September 2011 , what is the earliest date it can be completed using a 5 day working week? Assume no other holidays (explain how you calculated the figure). (4 marks)
5) If the following happened what would be the effect on the duration of the whole project? Explain the reasons. (6 marks)
a) Activity B is delayed 1 day.
b) Activity P is delayed 1 day.
c) Activity O is delayed 3 days.
6) Explain and discuss the purpose of Network diagrams. (10 marks)
Essential methodology (activity on the node):
� All the timings (i.e. earliest start, earliest finish, latest start, latest finish, total float, duration and activity) must be included within each node of your diagram. This essential methodology is detailed in the text: Project Management, Field and Keller (2007. p. 197,p.198 & p. 391)
� All timings must be in days � not dates
� To complete your network diagram assume that:
o If task A has a duration of 4 days (task A, earliest finish would be day 4), therefore, task B earliest start time will be day 4.
� This essential methodology is detailed in the text: Project Management, Field and Keller ((2007. p. 197,p.198 & p. 391),
Duration (days) Preceded By
A 4 -
B 3 A
C 1 A
D 6 A
E 3 A
F 1 E
G 12 B,C,D,F
H 5 G
I 4 H
J 3 H
K 5 I, J
L 9 K
M 6 L
N 1 M
O 1 B
P 6 N
Q 4 O, P
Case 2: Moss Ltd is a SME company specialising in the design and supply of promotional brochures. The organisations they are commissioned by includes: Local Authorities, SME enterprises, and - on rare organisations - large global companies. The company has been particularly successful since it started trading in 2005. They trade from a single main warehouse that also includes office accommodation (52,000 square metres). At present the company employs 1 General Manager, 3 Assistant Managers, 4 Administration staff, 5 sales staff, and 7 warehouse staff. They outsource their distribution functions.
As part of a strategy of expansion, Moss Ltd have employed you as a consultant to manage a one off special project. This project is concerned with the opening of a building which they recently acquired (75,000 square metres). This new building will allow the company to target and respond to large global organisations demands for service. Initially, the staffing structure at the new building will mirror the existing structure at the existing site.
As Project Manager responsible for the opening � for trade - the new building, you are contracted at the feasibility stage. You are required to prepare a report (2,000 words). From a project management perspective outline the activities required to successfully manage this new initiative, ensuring that it is on time, and within budget.
The analysis should include the skills and competencies required by the Project Manager, along with the project management process. Use examples of the concerns, stages, processes, leadership, administration and control problems associated with managing the lifecycle of this major project.
Task 1 (i.e. the network diagram information � (600 words) � completed as an individual task
Task 2 a report that is produced for task two (2000 words) � completed as an individual task
Thanks very much.