Project Management

In working out your responses to the Discussion Question, you should choose examples from your own experience or find appropriate cases on the Web that you can discuss. Credit will be given for references you make to relevant examples from real companies. Please make sure that you cite and reference all your outside sources properly, as per the Harvard Referencing System.

You are the project manager on a project to construct a flyover in the city to ease traffic congestion. Flyover construction should cause minimum disruption to the traffic until it is complete. Ensuring safety of the commuters and workers at the site is the responsibility of your company. The date of completion of the project is six months from now. This date cannot be extended because of an upcoming international summit in the city.

To achieve the overall project time lines, the following milestones must be achieved: * Identifying a temporary alternate route and making it ready for the commuters—within two weeks of the project * startGetting a final approval for the design and layout of the flyover, including a structural analysis—within four weeks of the project start * Completing all construction activities by the end of the fifth month * Cleaning up the construction infrastructure and finishing and painting the flyover by the end of five months and two weeks * Opening the flyover for a trial in the third week of the sixth month and gathering feedback * Placing traffic signs—entry and exit—in the fourth week of the sixth month * Completions of all activities involved in this project should take no ,more than six months You have to acquire resources for the project.

What type of resources will you require to successfully execute the project? Out of the factors that influence decisions on acquiring human resources, which factors do you consider to be the most decisive in the choice of human resources for this project? Please submit your initial response through the Turnitin submission link below in addition to posting it to the Discussion Board thread. Resource Requirements and resource type In order to determine the type of resources required for any project the requirements need to be considered. The requirements of the project are an abridged version of what constitutes the deliverables of the project which may either be a product or a service. (Wysocki, p. 60)

In this Flyover construction project scenario, the following deliverables given to meet project goals; * An approved design for the layout of the flyover, which will include a structural analysis – task A * Identifying a temporary alternate route and making it ready for the commuters before construction work begins – task B * Construct a flyover in the city to ease traffic congestion, while ensuring this construction work causes only minimum disruption to already congested traffic – task C * Ensure that constructed flyover is cleaned up, all finishing work done and flyover painted – task D * Open flyover for trial and gather feedback– task E Human resources will consist of skilled and unskilled personnel. The project team made up of the project manager, representative team from the project owner, team from the construction company and the sub contractors Heavy Equipment; Crane, bulldozer, cement mixer, roller supplied by construction company Materials; sand cement, bricks, steel rods, metal sheets, tar, etc The project is under a very tight schedule and huge importance is placed upon selecting a project that will deliver on time, thus the experience and performance record, type of projects handled are basis of selection of the project team.

There are three major inputs into the Human resource plan process to determine the human resource plan. i) Activity resource requirements which are the main items needed to plan the resources needed in the project ii) Enterprise environmental factor; this goes in respect of human resource that already exist in the organization and available for the project. iii) Organizational process assets. Here tools used include checklists, templates organizational standards and procedure, standardized role description and historical information from previous experiences. (Sanghera, p. 158-160) To obtain the human resource plan the resource requirements must be in view.

The success of the project leans hugely on the completion of all tasks within the given time frame. Thus the author considers organizational process assets to be one of the most decisive factors in determining the choice of human resources for the project. This is so because it dwell a lot on the history, past work experience and competencies of the personnel which is critical for performance. It uses checklists for common project roles and competencies, team ground rules and safety consideration. It also applies use of templates for organizational standards and procedure, standardized role description and historical information from previous experiences.

This way it is difficult to miss out anything in the course of executing the project. Uwalaka K. (16021693) List of References Franchina, T. Project Management plan Project Management Forum. Word press. com September, 2010. Assessed March 10, 2012 Jadlav, C. Practically discuss the Project Management of Flyover Bridge S. R. Luthra Institute of Management, Surat. Assessed March 10, 2012 Sanghera, P. (2010) PMP® in Depth: Project Management Professional Study guide for the PMP® exam. 2nd edition. Boston: Course Technology/Cengage Learning Wysocki R. K. (2009) Effective Project Management. Traditional, Agile, Extreme Fifth Edition. (Indianapolis): Wiley Publishing Hi Kristine, You state that you "...

Considers organizational process assets to be one of the most decisive factors in determining the choice of human resources for the project. " Can you elaborate further as to what you mean by organizational process assets? Regards, Dr. Denys Dr. D, According to Sanghera, there are three inputs into the process to develop the human resource plan. One of these is the organizational process assets; these are the processes that an organization will follow in order to build the human resource plan for a project. It include the use of standardized role description and historical information from past projects; use of checklists for common project roles and competencies required and the use of templates for project organizational chart (Sanghera, p. 158-160).

Following these processes will ensure that the right people are assigned to best-fit job roles in the project, haven taken into consideration their experience and history of projects as well as the training and competencies they are equipped with. Regards, Kristine Reference Sanghera, P. (2010) PMP® in Depth: Project Management Professional Study guide for the PMP® exam. 2nd edition. Boston: Course Technology/Cengage Learning Hi Neo, Great job with your DQ response. From my experience in my organization before we embark on a project, during the tender stage; the client wants to know the personnel that will be involved in the project and what kind of work experience they have had.

Here they would be able to identify if there are role or competency gaps and address needs for training or possible hire. The following extract from your write up is quite interesting; As mentioned by Murdick, R & Schuster F (1976) when improved financial and physical resources have approached their limit, Human resources could provide gains of up to 20-50% when well managed That is really huge and really says it all; no wonder human resource is considered always as number one asset in establishments. The Flyover project under discussion has a critical success factor which is the timeliness of completion of the entire project task. This drives up the need to match roles for the project to resources as best fit. Regards, Kristine