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Capstone Project Discussion Unit 1

Discussion – Unit 1

Discussion: Managing a Project – From Project Charter to Project Management Plan

Some projects have ambitious goals, and some fill in small pieces of a larger puzzle. An organization must evaluate whether a project is necessary to support the business vision and whether it is worth the time, money, and risk to implement. The organization must also assess the effect of any new project on other established projects.

An organization creates a Project Charter to help in the evaluation. This document summarizes the goals, benefits, risks, costs, and major stakeholders for the project. The Project Charter also names the Project Manager and, once signed by the Project Sponsor(s), allows the project to officially begin. The Project Manager creates and maintains the Project Management Plan, a compilation of living project documentation that tracks all aspects of project.

This Discussion enables you to exchange opinions with students about the role of the Project Charter and the Project Management Plan.

To prepare for this Discussion, read the provided Case Study document, which can be found in the Learning Resources, and create a list of project stakeholders.

By Day 3

Post your understanding of how two of the stakeholders might define project success based on the case study. Which major sections of the project management plan (Project Charter) would each of the two stakeholders you identified contribute to while creating the charter? Justify your reasoning.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 5

Respond to at least two of your colleagues who defined project success for different stakeholders from you. Respond in one or more of the following ways:

  • Ask a probing question.
  • Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.
  • Offer and support an opinion.
  • Validate an idea with your own experience.
  • Make a suggestion.
  • Expand on your colleague’s posting.

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.

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