Scenario – Project case study
You have secured employment in a large manufacturing organisation based in the Midlands, which has 1,250 employees on this site. The organisation has staff employed in a range of different roles, including office staff and factory workers. The offices and factory are on an extensive site in various buildings. Currently there is no onsite catering.
You work as a member of the Project and Programme Office, which is responsible for delivering the change programme for the organisation. As part of your induction and personal development plan, your new line manager has asked you to plan and manage a theoretical in-house project. She believes this will help to you to gain a thorough understanding of how in real terms the organisation translates business objectives into the identification of specific development projects and their planning and completion.
Two of the relevant business objectives for the current financial year are:
- Reducing the movement of staff from the premises during the lunch break which is currently creating congestion issues in the local area
- Helping staff to develop a healthy life style which the organisation believes is part of their CSR and will also reduce staff absenteeism.
Your line manager has asked you to analyse these business objectives in order to identify feasible projects and apply the project life cycle to this project, and to review and critique the application of the PLC. You are to provide theoretical and/or conceptual arguments to justify the use of project methodologies, tools and leadership within the given project.
You are to produce a portfolio of evidence containing a set of documents which summarise the following stages of the PLC:
• Project initiation.
• Project planning.
• Project execution.
• Project closure.
This could include information on the following:
1. An overview of the case study you have been given.
2. A description of the PLC and an explanation of each stage.
3. How each stage of the PLC applies to your given project, including supporting documentation for each stage (e.g. business case, the project plan, cost-benefit analysis and work breakdown structure). 4. Critically evaluate the effectiveness of the PLC in application to your project using the appropriate theories, models and concepts.