You have been asked to be the project manager for the development of an information technology (IT) project. The system to be developed will allow a large company to coordinate and maintain records of the professional development of its employees. The company has over 30,000 employees who are located in four sites: Atlanta, GA; Houston, TX; Chandler, AZ; and Schaumburg, IL. The system needs to allow employees to locate and schedule professional development activities that are relevant to their positions. Sophisticated search capabilities are required, and the ability to add scheduled events to the employees’ calendars is desired. The system needs to support social networking to allow employees to determine who is attending conferences and events. This will promote fostering relationships and ensure coverage of conferences that are considered of high importance.
Once an activity has been completed, employees will use the system to submit the documentation. The system should support notifications to management personnel whenever their direct reports have submitted documentation. The system should also notify employees if their deadline to complete professional-development requirements is approaching and is not yet satisfied. Before the solution can be fielded, a Project Plan (below) must be completed to identify the work breakdown structure, resources, and project schedule needed to execute the project. This should be in Section 3 “Project Plan” of your overall project. Include Sections 1 and 2 from Unit 1, along with updates made based on instructor feedback.
For Section 3: Project Plan, complete the following:
- Step 1 (in MS Word): For the selected solution, explain the project plan to stakeholders and discuss its important components. (Note: You do not need to deliver a project plan but instead speak to its critical components.)
- For Section 3 within the project plan, include the following (in MS Word via an embedded table): Develop a work breakdown structure (WBS), and include the task name, duration (days), start date, and finish dates for the selected solution. Keep in mind, this project plan will only contain two sections: An intro speaking to the importance of the plan and its components and the WBS. It will not contain all of the possible components of a project plan due to the restriction on the length of the course.
- Step 2: Write 5 user requirements at a high level that will establish the key functionality needed by the solution. They do not have to be testable. For example: “The system will e-mail the client a copy of the receipt.”