Word limit: 3300 words (55% of course assessment weighting)
Due date (Adelaide Time)
18 Sep 2020, 5:00 PM
This assignment is designed to lead you through a methodical evaluation of a project. Your role is to critically analyse (not summarise) one real project* that has already been completed– not one still in progress. I want to see that you have thought about the project and offered critical comments and insights based on your understanding of project management and its concepts.
Search for a real project. You can choose a project that was completed successfully or one that was not completed successfully. Please note that we strongly encourage the selection of projects related to your field of
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study (i.e Health, Art, IT, Management, etc). However, you are free to choose any completed project.
You are encouraged to search the Web for the selected project and to collect any type of information about the project, making sure to cover different viewpoints. This could include newspapers, project management magazine and journals. As this project is a real case you are required to expand the information presented in the references (i.e. source).
Write a report that critically analyses how the project was planned and performed. The report should include:
1. Executive Summary
2. Brief introduction to the project.
(Please give an overview of your project. This should explain what the project was and the context in which the project occurred. Provide clear identification of the objective(s) and scope of the project).
3. A project stakeholder analysis(who were the key stakeholders; what were their respective interests; how well were they managed).
4. A brief description of how the project was initiated and planned(eg. strategy, key events, tools used etc).
5. Describe the implementation phase of the project.In particular, explain whether the project ran to plan – in which case explain the benefits of careful planning to the project manager. Alternatively, if the project deviated from plan, why did this occur and what was the impact of these deviations for the project?
6. A critical analysis of the project outcome(i.e. identify the critical factors that made this project a success or a failure).
7. Concludeby reflecting on the project, and what did you learn? What good practices will you, as a manager, take from this to future projects, and what activities would you not do in the future and why?
8. Recommendation/sfor future project managers for improving the project work based on deficiencies of the analysed project.
9. The report should be fully referenced.A minimum of 15 references drawn from the project management literature is required, of which a minimum of 5 must be from the course e-Readings. A Reference List is required that shows all sources cited in your assignment (a bibliography is NOT required).
10. Appendices:Appendices as appropriate.
The report shouldnotexceed 2500 words (excluding the references) and should be formatted using 1.5 line spacing and a font size of 12pt (Times New Roman). The word limit is counted from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion/recommendations.
The assignment will be assessed on the following criteria:
Content (50% component weighting)
-Background knowledge and context of the project issue
-Demonstrated application of project management concepts in appropriate setting -Demonstrated ability to define the project management issues
-Answers are well supported by logical reasoning and appropriate data/information evidence -Clear focus of the strategic issues and/or ramifications relevant to the project problem
Research/Analysis (30% of component weighting)
-Evidence of depth of research of the identified project
-Evidence of scholarship that supports appropriate theoretical concepts applied
-Demonstrated ability of critical analysis. Clarity in methodology in analysing and evaluating the project
Report Organisation (20% of the component weighting)
-Clarity in describing and documenting the report, including clear headings, themes and conceptual flow. Accurate spelling and grammar to clearly convey the message and meaning.
-Referencing (Harvard author-date system, thoroughly and correctly used); minimum 15 references from the project management literature, of which 5 are from the course e-Readings
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