Prior to beginning work on this assignment,
- Review Chapters 9, 11, and 12 from the course textbook, Contemporary Project Management.
- Read Are You Throwing Money in the Trash? Occupational Risks, Environmental Hazards and Operational Inefficiencies in Waste Management are a Triple Threat to your Bottom LineLinks to an external site..
- Read Exploring the Value of Risk Management for Projects: Improving Capability Through the Deployment of a Maturity ModelLinks to an external site..
- Watch PMP® | Introduction | Project Quality ManagementLinks to an external site..
- As the project manager for International Logistics Services’ (ILS) new logistics services in your selected country, you have previously completed a project charter and elements of a project management plan (PMP). In this final assignment for the project management portion of this course, you will develop a complete PMP using your work from the prior two weeks and new work for Week 3.
To complete the Final Project Management Plan, you may modify the previously submitted scope baseline, schedule baseline, and the project budget. Then, develop a final plan for submission to the director of logistics services (DLS), the country business development manager, the country human resources manager, and the project team.
In your Final Project Management Plan,
- Appraise your Week 2 project scope. (Include the final scope in this PMP.)
- Appraise your Week 2 project schedule. (Include the final schedule in this PMP, and include an appendix showing the detailed schedule in ProjectLibre and copied to a PDF file).
- Appraise your Week 2 project budget. (Include the final project budget in this PMP, and include an appendix showing the detailed budget in an appendix, whether in ProjectLibre—if in ProjectLibre, copy to a PDF file—or MS Excel.)
- Discuss your leadership approach for this project bearing in mind the culture of the country the newly acquired logistics service is in.
- Recommend an approach to allocate human resources to the project and any trade-offs with day-to-day operations.
- Describe the solutions to improve operations, reduce waste and costs, and ensure a safe work environment and contribution to protecting the planet.
- Create a risk management plan.
- Describe your approach to ensure high quality results are delivered.
- Describe how change control will be managed going forward.
- Summarize the PMP for senior leadership.
- Include solutions that may appeal to Walmart.
Again, use the discussions and assignments in Weeks 1 and 2 to complete the Final Project Management Plan.
Assume that the proposal outlined in the Proposal for New Project Requirements Role-Play discussion forum this week was deferred.
The Final Project Management Plan paper
- Must be five double-spaced pages in length (not including appendixes, title, and references pages and formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA StyleLinks to an external site. resource. APA Style headings should be included for each item.
- Must include a separate title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Microsoft WordLinks to an external site..
- Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
- Must use at least three scholarly, peer-reviewed, or credible sources in addition to the course text.
There are different opportunities associated with the addition of new requirements late in the project planning process. Firstly, it will increase the efficiency of vendor managed inventory system. As a result, there will be seamlessness in the working relationship between vendors and Walmart. Vendors will have the ability to accurately determine the timing and quantity of goods needed when restocking their inventory. Secondly, the change will lower the inventory costs for Walmart. That is because the company will not run out of products to sell once the new system is implemented. The third opportunity is that International Logistics Services will make additional revenue when implementing the new requirements.
Even so, there are threats associated with introducing the alteration to the project scope late in the planning stage. Firstly, the change might lead to instances of miscommunication between the stakeholders involved in the project. That is because they were accustomed to planning for the project in s specific way. There might be cases of resistance to change, resulting in instances of miscommunication. Secondly, there might be a scope creep risk (Kloppenborg et al., 2019). Specifically, the additional feature associated with the change will increase the costs of undertaking the project. In many instances, the cost change is unavoidable and might lead to stalling of the entire project. Thirdly, there might be a threat of operational risk. That is because the integration of the change into the planning process might require an increase in the number of people working on the project. When people are added, there will be a need for training and informing them of the present stage of the planning process. That might result in a stalling of crucial operations in the project. Lastly, the changes might lead to decreased performance among stakeholders in the project. That is because of the disruption to the workflow.
Kloppenborg, T., Anantatmula, V., & Wells, K. N. (2019). Contemporary project management (4th ed.). Cengage Learning.