MediCision is a specialist engineering company, based in the UK, which designs and manufactures innovative medical equipment for hospitals and other public and private health-care providers across Europe. The company has seen considerable growth in recent years and currently has a broad customer base and a full order book for the next twelve months.
Following a recent take-over of MediCision, by EuroMedisch, Europe’s market leeder, the EuroMedisch’s Project Management Office (PMO) is looking to harmonise the way in which projects are managed across the new, larger organization to improve the proportion of projects that are delivered successfully and to improve resource usage and efficiency. Projects within EuroMedisch have been managed according to Agile principles for a number of years, while projects at MediCision are managed on a “best-efforts” basis with no formal methodology being employed. By introducing a common Project Management methodology across the company, the PMO hopes not only to improve the quality of project management, but also to promote the mobility of project staff across the organization. EuroMedisch’s senior management support this initiative, which they hope will help to reduce lead times for new product development and increase customer satisfaction and retention.
Your first task is to prepare a project initiation document (2000 words), drawing on appropriate project management theory and frameworks, to present to the company’s board of directors for approval. The plan should consider the following aspects of the project:
? The project’s scope.
? An initial assessment of stakeholders and recommendations on how these stakeholders should be managed to maximise the chance of achieving the project’s objectives.
? An initial assessment of risks and opportunities presented by the project and the response strategies proposed.
? An outline project plan (Gantt chart) showing the main tasks and significant milestones, supported by a justification of your proposed approach. The Gantt chart needs to show a minimum of 10 tasks.
There is no need for you to prepare an outline business case and project budget, as this will be prepared by a colleague, based on the Gantt chart and budgetary estimates.
The design of your project initiation document should take into consideration both the soft and hard skills necessary to ensure the project’s success.
25% Research and selection of project management theory to support the assignment
40% Appropriate application of project management techniques
15% Clarity and credibility of proposals
10% Gantt chart
5% Structure, layout and presentation, including spelling and grammar
5% CU Harvard referencing and use of in-text citations
Please use the references below (must):
Maylor, H. (2010) Project Management 4th edn. Harlow, FT Prentice Hall
Pinto, JK (2016) Project Management: Achieving Competitive Advantage, 4th Edition, Pearson.
Use the references below (if needed):
APM (2012) Body of Knowledge, 6th Edition. Association for Project Management.
Andersen, E.S. (2008) Rethinking Project Management: an organisational perspective Harlow, FT Prentice Hall
Gardiner, P. (2005) Project Management: A Strategic Planning Approach Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan
Larson, E. W. and Gray, C. F. (2011) Project Management: The Managerial Process. 5th edn. New York, McGraw-Hill.
Lock, D. (2013) Project Management. 10th Ed. Aldershot, Gower Publishing (available in the library in previous editions and as an e-book)
Newton, R. (2009) The practice and theory of Project Management: creating value through change Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan
Koster, K. (2013) International Project Management Thousand Oaks: SAGE
Please use CU Harvard referencing, I will upload a guide for you to follow.
Please follow the structure on the checklist document, it will be uploaded
Please use the Gantt Chart system that the school provided, and screenshot for the coursework: