Week 3 DiscussionDiscussion Topic Overdue – Last Fri at 12:59 AM
The discussion assignment provides a forum for discussing relevant topics for this week based on the course competencies covered.
For this assignment, make sure you post your initial response to the Discussion Area by the due date assigned.
To support your work, use your course and text readings and also use outside sources. As in all assignments, cite your sources in your work and provide references for the citations in APA format.
Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible. Respond to at least two of your classmates. Participate in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with a rationale, challenging an aspect of the discussion, or indicating a relationship between two or more lines of reasoning in the discussion. Complete your participation for this assignment by the end of the week.
Planning the Project
The PMBOK® Guide states that the planning process includes actions necessary to define, integrate, and coordinate all subsidiary plans into a project management plan. This implies that in bottom-up planning, the summary project plan being the consolidation of subsidiary plans is drawn independently.
Based on your understanding of the project planning process, answer one of the following bullet points:
- Is bottom-up planning appropriate or should the project plan be developed top-down by developing the subsidiary plans based on the documentation (charter and scope statement) that has been produced to this point? Explain. Is there any other approach you would recommend?
- List the nine components of planning sequences for software project planning. Any successful project plan must contain nine key elements. List these items and briefly describe the composition of each.
- Describe the “even planning process” and explain why it is helpful. What is shown on a linear responsibility chart? How is it useful to a project manager? In what ways may the WBS be used as a key document to monitor and control a project?
Project Plan and Planning
Project planning is an extension of a trail of planning efforts preceding the project itself. At the top of the hierarchy are the vision and mission of the overall organization,
followed by an articulation of the overall organizational strategy. You have learned the justi�cation for a project must be linked to, and supportive of the overall
organizational strategy, as well as a speci�c project. Therefore, the project should share a common purpose with several other projects. It can take a lot of planning and
coordination to make this happen.
The project vision is what the project is all about and why it matters. The vision and mission, objectives, or goals of a project tend to be speci�cally for that project. A good
starting point for developing a project vision is the sponsor’s reasons for undertaking the project. The project sponsor produces the project charter as part of this
A project charter is an important, but often overlooked, document. The project charter is a document that:
Justi�es the project’s existence.
Authorizes distribution of organizational assets for its accomplishment.
Clearly delineates the project’s top level objectives.
It is important for you to begin the execution of a project with a credible plan available to all members of the project team. The success of the execution is dependent on
both the quality of the plan and the acceptance of the plan by the project team.
Planning has traditionally been thought of as a senior management imperative, but today it is widely accepted that collaborative efforts produce great plans too.
Collaborative planning provides a common and coherent understanding of what work needs to be done. It encourages each team member to make the necessary
commitment to the group to ensure success. Either way, planning is the most important responsibility of the project manager.
View a Pdf Transcript of Project Planning Hierarchy (media/week3/SU_MGT3035_W3_L2_G1.pdf?_&d2lSessionVal=aVaTmfHd5UkmjmVnoP1XalSFd&ou=85477)
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