Option #1: Project Proposal
The Portfolio Project for this course is a practical example of your skills developed throughout the entire Master’s course of study in project management. Module lecture information is a refresher for information you learned in the entire program of study, so you will not be able to simply use the modules to complete your portfolio project. The format for the Portfolio Project follows the project management documentation of process groups from the 6th edition of the PMBOK® Guide. It is strongly suggested that students use the PMBOK® Guide as a resource during the development of the Portfolio Project. It is expected that you will revise and improve upon work completed each week culminating in a final Portfolio Project in Week 8. Review the Portfolio Project description, and grading rubric in the Module 8 area in Schoology. Each week, your critical thinking (CT) assignment and your Portfolio Project milestone will complement each other with your CT assignment showing your academic mastery of project management process groups while your Portfolio Project milestone shows your ability to apply your knowledge.
In this option, you will develop, compile, and write important project documents for a service type project with an international component in a for-profit or non-profit firm that you have selected. You must clearly detail the international component of your selected project. It may be that the project is executed in a country other than the United States, or that the supplier is hired from a company headquartered outside the United States. The company or organization can be one that you work for, one with which you are familiar, or one you find through research. The project must be a real project, not yet started, and for delivery of a service. Service projects may include IT software development, healthcare delivery, or fundraising among many others. The project must be a new project that you will plan and must not be an existing project within the organization, nor one you have used in any previous courses in the program. Your instructor will use Turnitin to ensure all work is your own (20% match in Turnitin) for this section of this course. You must select a project that is complex enough to allow you to demonstrate an understanding of the learning objectives for this course, and that allows you to deliver on all the project management components required in this portfolio project.
Your assignment milestone is as follows:
Project Initiation – Your project plan must include an introduction of the company and the scope of the project. Your project initiation portion of the portfolio project is to include an explanation of those inputs, tools, and techniques that result in a project charter, and stakeholder register. It is strongly suggested that you consult the PMBOK Guide® (Project Management Institute, 2017) for further detail on the deliverables for this section of your Capstone Project.
Project Statement of Work (SOW) – including the business need, product, service, or result scope description, and the strategic plan to show how the project aligns with the organization’s vision, goals, and mission.
Project Charter – which will formally authorize the project and use of resources.
Business case – including information relative to the market demand, organizational need, customer request, technological advance, legal requirement, ecological impact, or social need.
Stakeholder analysis – including analysis of relationships, quantitative, and qualitative information regarding interests of the parties and documented in a power/interest grid, power/influence grid, influence/impact grid, or salience model.
Stakeholder register – including the identification information, assessment information, and stakeholder classification.
Procurement documents – including contract information for key stakeholders and suppliers, and supplier lists.
Optionally, please include (in your appendices):
Agreements – which define the initial intentions captured in a memorandum of understanding, service level agreement, letters of intent, or other written or verbal understanding of the project.
Enterprise environmental factors – including governmental standards, organizational culture, organizational structure, and market considerations.
Organizational process assets – including organizational standards, policies, templates, or processes, and historical information that informs the project team.
Tools and Techniques – including expert judgement and facilitation techniques.
Meetings – including information describing the profile analysis meetings.
Project Planning – It is strongly suggested that you consult the PMBOK Guide® (Project Management Institute, 2017) for further detail on the deliverables for this section of your Capstone Project. To finalize your work to deliver the requirements for this portion of your portfolio project, you must include the following subsections:
Project Management Plan – including project baselines for scope, schedule, and cost; subsidiary plans for scope management, requirements management, schedule management, cost management, quality management, process improvement management, human resource management, communications management, risk management, procurement management, stakeholder management; other items such as description of how the work will be performed, change management plan, and information on how key management reviews will be conducted.
Traceability Matrix – including information on project requirements, rationale for inclusion, source, priority, and status.
Project Scope Statement – including scope description, acceptance criteria, deliverable, exclusions, constraints, or assumptions.
Optionally, please include (in your appendices):
Tools and Techniques – including interviews, focus groups, decision-making, prototypes, benchmarking, or other tools and techniques.
Resource requirements – including resource calendar, resource breakdown structure, resource constraints, and resource leveling.
Human resource management – including organizational charts and position descriptions, responsibility chart matrix, RACI matrix, networking requirements, and pertinent organizational theory.
Stakeholder management – including desired engagement levels for key stakeholders, and engagement assessment matrix.
Your well-written paper must meet the following requirements:
4-6 pages in length, not including cover, references page, and any appendices.
Supporting documents must appear in appendices.
The paper must be supported by at least 2 quality sources, of which 1 must be a current, scholarly resource. For this assignment, current, scholarly sources are peer reviewed journal articles published within the most recent 3 years and accessed from the library databases or other academic sources. Textbooks will not count toward peer reviewed requirements but may be used as quality sources if published within the most recent 3 years. The use of the PMBOK ® Guide as a quality source is strongly suggested. The PMBOK ® Guide is not a scholarly resource.