Overview and Rationale
For this assignment, you will create a project Scope Management Plan (SMP). Planning how you will collect requirements and develop the project scope is critically important to ensure the project scope development process is well thought out and meets customer’s business needs.
Program and Course Outcomes
This assignment is directly linked to the following key learning outcomes from the course syllabus:
· Define and identify examples of project “scope” and “requirements”
· Identify common components of the project scope management plan
· Develop a high-level project scope management plan
In addition to these key learning outcomes, you will also have the opportunity to evidence the following skills through completing this assignment:
· Critical thinking and analysis
· Problem solving
What is a Scope Management Plan (SMP)?
Like any plan, a scope management plan is a set of defined processes that are used ensure that the project includes all the necessary tasks for a successful project.
The SMP focuses on defining how project scope is explained, developed, structured, verified with the customer and managed.
By using a scope management plan, project managers can define and map their project, so it remains within the agreed-upon scope.
The scope management plan helps project managers better allocate project resources in such a manner that the project can finish on time, within budget and with the quality expected by stakeholders.
As we learned in class, project scope management is about:
· Planning the process to define the work that must be done over the course of the project,
· Controlling and monitoring those processes,
· Documenting and tracking to avoid scope creep when approving or disapproving project changes,
· Closing, including an audit of deliverables and assessing the outcome against the plan.
Essential Components & Instructions
This individual assignment consists of the following activities:
a. Review all instructor-provided project case studies found in your W1 readings.
b. Select 1 case study to develop the scope management plan. Reminder: You will use this case study for your remaining individual assignments.
c. Conduct online research on your case’s industry and also on relevant business functions to understand the organization’s value chain activities. (Examples of business functions are: Finance, Information Technology, Manufacturing/Operations, Marketing, Distribution, etc.)
d. Develop Scope Management Plan (SMP) for your chosen project. Please see SMP template with instructions for students:
e. Please submit finalized SMP to Blackboard assignment tab on due date.
Below are some key guidelines you will want to ensure you follow in creating this assignment.
Think of this short list as a quality control checklist, along with the attached grading rubric.
· SMP template must be complete, pls submit in Ms Word (.doc, .docx) or .pdf formats
· You should format the documents professionally
· Please ensure that you remove all instructions (in red) and any examples provided within the template
Please be sure to review the attached rubric. It along with these assignment instructions will ensure you have a solid understanding of the assignment requirements.
|Assessment Element||Above Standards||Meets Standards||Approaching Standards||Below Standards||Not Evident|
|Scope Management Plan (SMP) Content (70%)||Scope Management Plan (SMP) Content was in-depth, logical and represented effective understanding of the project and scope management processes.||Scope Management Plan (SMP) Content was effective, logical and represented a good understanding of the project and scope management processes.||Scope Management Plan (SMP) Content was mostly effective, mostly logical and represented mostly effective understanding of the project and scope management processes.||Scope Management Plan (SMP) Content was not well developed nor effective. SMP content was lacked consistent logic and represented minimal understanding of the project and scope management processes.||Scope Management Plan (SMP) Content was not developed and not effective.
Understanding of the project and scope management processes was not evident.
|Critical Thinking (15%)||Professional insights into depth and breadth of assignment – goes WELL beyond assignment SMP requirements.||Demonstrates a comprehensive understanding SMP purpose and scope management processes.||Demonstrates a basic understanding of SMP purpose and scope management processes.||Does not evidence a base understanding of SMP purpose nor scope management processes. .||Evidences a very poor SMP purpose and scope management processes.|
|Grammar & Clarity
|All work grammatically correct with no misspellings or grammatical mistakes. Expresses ideas and opinions clearly and concisely in a manner appropriate to the assignment.||All work grammatically correct with rare misspellings.||Minimal errors in spelling, grammar, sentence structure and/or other writing conventions but the reader is able to understand what the writer meant.||Frequent errors in spelling, grammar, sentence structure, and/or other writing conventions that distract the reader.||Writing contains numerous errors in spelling, grammar, sentence structure, etc. that interfere with comprehension. The reader is unable to understand some of the intended meaning.|