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Assignment 2

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It is WMU’s ongoing effort to recruit and retain students. President Montgomery asked your help to find ways to attract additional 500 students in 12 months starting 7/1/2018. Since state funding has been shrinking, there is not much money available for this project. There may be many ideas to accomplish this goal, and several of them can be done concurrently. In order to control the scope of this assignment, you will work on only one idea. Keep in mind that your idea should be implementable, with a clear result, and does not use tons of money (unless you have also identified funding sources for your idea).



  1. Project scope statement
  2. Project requirements (business requirements, quality requirements, functional requirements, non-functional requirements, etc.) Clearly list these requirements in sub-sections.
  3. Your idea in detail.
  4. Double-check if your project constraints cover all three aspects of triple constraints.
  5. Assumptions must be reasonable. If they incur extra cost just to implement your project, then your project is not going to be feasible.
  6. Project risks. Make sure major project risks are included.
    Keep in mind that project risks are those issues that may happen during the project life cycle (i.e., there is a probability for a risk to happen). You will be able to manage them before they happen and when they happen. This is the reason for the risk management plan in later chapters.
  7. WBS (see breakdown techniques in KCH11)
    1. Feel free to present your WBS in bullet points or a hierarchical chart.
    2. WBS must have at least three levels of the breakdown below level one.
    3. Double-check if further decomposition is still needed for tasks at lowest level of WBS. Pay attention to the following rules we have discussed in KCH11 when determining if a work package needs a further breakdown:
      1. Do you think the actual work can be clearly defined at this level? If not, break it down further.
      2. Do you think a clear picture of budget can be defined at this level? If not, break it down further.
  • 80-hour rule
  1. Is the duration longer than the reporting period? Let’s assume that we need to report our project progress once a month.
  1. Each WBS item should be numbered.
  2. Pay special attention to the 100% rule. Points will be taken off if the WBS has missing tasks for the scope.
  1. Project schedule in MS Project. Note the following requirements for the schedule.
    1. Before working on this item it is very important to practice the exercises in the CCH book. Chapters 4, 5 and 6 are most related to this item of the assignment, but chapters 1 – 3 are there to get you ready for these later chapters.
    2. Make sure the project plan is complete (resources are assigned, durations are estimated, task dependencies are defined, etc.)
    3. Most students find it very useful to use automatically scheduled tasks for ALL tasks in the project plan. See the textbook or search online for how to set all tasks to be automatically scheduled BEFORE you enter the first task.
    4. There should be some resources that work less than 100% of capacity on your project. Build this into your project plan in MS Project.
    5. Define a resource named John Wilson who works in the morning only (8 a.m. – noon) during the weekdays.
    6. Define a resource named Jane Smith who has multiple off days in her calendar.
    7. Define Joe Johnson who works 10 hours a day Tuesday through Friday, but has Monday off.
    8. There should be cost resources defined and used.
    9. July 4th is a holiday. Make July 5th and July 6th non-working days to give the team a longer holiday.
    10. All resources defined should be assigned to one or more tasks. Some tasks may need multiple resources.
    11. Additional pointers and reading (CCH book):
      1. See p. 85 for how to handle equipment resources.
      2. See p. 61 for more about how task duration can be more accurately measured. Ask yourself what the 8/80 rule is.
    12. Paste a screenshot of project statistics (e.g., duration, start date, end date, cost, etc.) to MS Word. See CCH 1 & 2 for details.


  1. Submit both MS Word and MS Project files to the Dropbox area on e-learning.


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