You are required to analyse and prepare a written report on the use of specific planning, execution
and control capabilities in a real-world project.
1. Briefly describe the organisation(s) involved in the project, the specific planning, execution and
control tools and methods and the overall project goals in terms of schedule, cost and product
definition. Analyse the relationships between the three and assess the fit between the planning and
control methods and tools, the organisation(s) involved and the overall project goals. This section
should be brief, but provide the context for your subsequent analysis.
2. Select a particular planning, execution and control problem / opportunity within the project and
characterise it. Be specific and focus on a single problem / opportunity. Contrast your observations
and the information you collected with the methods and tools discussed in the module material. It is
best to identify a problem with which the organisation is having trouble (e.g. running over the
initial budget or initial schedule) or an opportunity for improvement (e.g. compressing the project
delivery time or preparing a cost monitoring system). If you find a specific problem / opportunity,
you will have a target for your analysis. Avoid the temptation to analyse the entire organisation.
3. Develop recommendations and specific ways to help the project organisation to improve the planning
and resource management capabilities. Your target audience for the recommendations should be the
people responsible for the problem / opportunity in the organisation you are studying. Make specific,
actionable recommendations. Present critically the value of your recommendations, assuming they are
The format of the final report may include specific deliverables (e.g. a CPM chart, cost estimating
technique, or earned value analysis technique) in the body of the report. You should select the format
that best meets the needs of your client organisation. Be constructive and helpful in your report.
Adopt a professional attitude and think of the organisation you are assisting as the client. If you
develop a specific deliverable, you should plan to spend time with your client during its development
working out the bugs and accommodating changes they suggest. The deliverable should be turned in with
annotations indicating how it works.
Report Composition Guidelines
Your report must include a literature review comprising at least 10 REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES. All
references must be cited in the text appropriately and be contained in full in the References section.
Refer to Study Skills Support for help with this. Citations from books, Internet, newspapers,
magazines etc are additional.
The outline of your report is as follows:
Executive Summary (300-400 words)
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