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BUS402: Unit 4 Discussion Questions

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  1. What is a project charter? Based on the project charter, what are your responsibilities as a project manager?
  2. What is WBS? Why is the WBS necessary for project planning?
  3. What are key lessons you have learned from the "Project Management Best Practices” lecture in subunit 4.2?
  4. What techniques can you use to identify the critical path and a float in a project?
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Answer (A):

1A: A project charter is a high level document that consist project information such as scope, cost, team and feasibility details.

2A: WBS, Work Break Down Structure; divide the work in to sub works and allocate to team with possible completion time lines. With this methodology, work can complete without hesitation and provide step by step information regarding work.

3A: Most of the outcomes close to the project management and best in industry practices.

4A: Project completion and time study to avoid time delays.

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1.Project Charter
A project charter, project definition, or project statement is a statement of the scope, objectives, and participants in a project. It provides a preliminary delineation of roles and responsibilities, outlines the project objectives, identifies the main stakeholders, and defines the authority of the project manager. It serves as a reference of authority for the future of the project.

2. WBS
The WBS incorporates all project deliverable and reflects any documents or information that clarifies the project deliverable. WBS is necessary for project planning because it can help you define activities.

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1A. Project charter provides preliminary delineation of roles and responsibilities, outline the project activities, identify the main stakeholders and defines the authority of the project manager.

1A: A project charter is a high level document that consist project information such as scope, cost, team and feasibility details.

2A: WBS, Work Break Down Structure; divide the work in to sub works and allocate to team with possible completion time lines. With this methodology, work can complete without hesitation and provide step by step information regarding work.
3A: Most of the outcomes close to the project management and best in industry practices.

4A: Project completion and time study to avoid time delay

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Project Charter
A project charter, project definition, or project statement is a statement of the scope, objectives, and participants in a project. It provides a preliminary delineation of roles and responsibilities, outlines the project objectives, identifies the main stakeholders, and defines the authority of the project manager. It serves as a reference of authority for the future of the project.

  1. WBS
    The WBS incorporates all project deliverable and reflects any documents or information that clarifies the project deliverable. WBS is necessary for project planning because it can help you define activities
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Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is the key result of a project that organizes the team’s work into managed sections. The project management structure determines the structure of the breakdown of labor, which is a result-oriented hierarchically organized work that must be performed by the project team.

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Project Charter is a document that contains detailed information about a project from definition if the project, project scope, project objectives, project constraints, achievables, deliverables, milestones etc.
The function of a project manager is to ensure that a project is delivered and done with respect to the project charter or scope

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  1. What is a project charter? Based on the project charter, what are your responsibilities as a project manager?

• A project charter is a statement of the scope, objectives, and participants in a project. It provides a preliminary delineation of roles and responsibilities, outlines the project objectives, identifies the main stakeholders, and defines the authority of the project manager

• Provide an understanding of the project
• Establish general scope of the project as early as possible
• Establish the project manager and his or her authority level

  1. What is WBS? Why is the WBS necessary for project planning?

• WBS defines the scope of the project and breaks the work down into components that can be scheduled, estimated, and easily monitored and controlled

• WBS allow easier assignment of human resources
• WBS allow easier assignment of responsibility for activities
• WBS allow easier management of each component
• WBS allow accurate estimation of time, cost, and resource requirements

  1. What are key lessons you have learned from subunit 4.2?

• How to design a project scope
• How to design a project schedule planning
• Setting up a baseline

  1. What techniques can you use to identify the critical path and a float in a project?

• Critical path analysis

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1.The project charter is a document issued by the project sponsors which authorize the existence of the project which includes introduction, business objective and cost benefit preliminary and responsibility of the project manager from project charter is to act and apply organization resources to project activities.
2. WBS is defines the scope of the project and breaks the work down into components that can be scheduled, estimated, and easily monitored and controlled.It is also necessary to allow easier management of each component, allow accurate estimation of time, cost, and resource requirement , allow easier assignment of HR and responsibility for activities.
3. Key lessons are -definition of scope document
-the use of scope document
-who develop & approved scope document
-how to manage changes
- Scope change log
4. The technique we used to identify critical path and float is by critical path analysis i.e. critical path includes all nodes with float zero

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  1. What is a project charter?
    Answer: A project charter or project statement is a document stating the scope, objectives and participants in a project. It provides also a preliminary delineation of roles, outlines the project objectives, identifies the stakeholders and defines authority level of the project manager.
    It is the responsibility of the project manager to write the charter, however, a note of who will review and approve the project charter should be included.

  2. The WBS is a document that identifies all the activities and work needed to be carried out for the completion of the project. It allocates responsibilities and resources to team members, the timeline of each activities and the schedule for each activity.
    The WBS is a necessary tool because it ensures that there is a structure on ground to achieve the desires deliverables or end products, with the proper arrangement the each activity will be carried out smoothly. There is no proper execution of activities without a WBS.

  3. How to design a baseline schedule
    How to develop scope

  4. An activity network and critical path analysis

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Q1. What is a project charter?
A1. [quote=“ephrem202023, post:9, topic:2169”]
.The project charter is a document issued by the project sponsors which authorize the existence of the project which includes introduction, business objective and cost benefit preliminary and responsibility of the project manager from project charter is to act and
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Q1. What is WBS? Why is it necessary for project planning?
A1. A WBS ie. Work Breakdown Structure is a decomposition of a project’s major deliverables, activities and work packages; it therefore defines the activities to be carried out, sequence in which they will be done, the estimated activity resources and estimated activity duration.
A1a. A WBS is necessary for understanding all the activities that accrue to a particular project such as resources needed and how to hire them, risk management. A WBS also lays the foundation for developing the schedule, technological needs etcetera.

Q3. What are the key lessons learnt from subunit 4.2?
A1. They include Scope management plan, WBS development and scheduling.

Q4. [quote=“babylon, post:8, topic:2169”]
What techniques can you use to identify the critical path and a float in a project?
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A4. The technique is called Critical Path analysis, thereby understanding the longest path to the completion of a large project (critical path), as well as determining when the scheduled time is less than is allowed or has exceeded its limits (positive float or negative float respectively).

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  1. A project charter is a high level document consisting of project information which is signed by the sponsor and project manager symbolising authority to start a project or phase .the responsibility of the project manager based on the project charter is yo authorise this document and take good care of it throughout the cycle of the project as it acts as a reference material as the project progresses.

  2. WBS refers to the process of subdividing project deliverables and project work into smaller , more manageable components. WBS is necessary because it offers a foundation of the project. It reduces complicated activities to a collection of tasks which allows the project manager to oversee project activities more effectively. It also facilites communication and cooperation between and among the project team as well as other stake holders. It also act as a basis for making estimation about staff requirements, cost and time for complex work activities

  3. In subunit 4.2 , I have learnt what a project scope is , it’s uses and how this document is developed and changed.

  4. Critical path analysis

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Q1: 1. What is a project charter? Based on the project charter, what are your responsibilities as a project manager?
A1. A project charter** is a high level document that consist project information such as scope, cost, team and feasibility details. It provides preliminary delineation of roles and responsibilities, outline the project activities, identify the main stakeholders and defines the authority of the project manager.

Q2: 1. What is WBS? Why is the WBS necessary for project planning?
A2. Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is a breakdown of the total project tasks into components to establish:

  • How work will be done?
  • How people will be organized?
  • How resources would be allocated?
  • How progress would be monitored?

Q3: 1. What are key lessons you have learned from the "Project Management Best Practices” lecture in subunit 4.2?
A3.
• How to design a project scope
• How to design a project schedule planning
• Setting up a baseline

Q4: 1. What techniques can you use to identify the critical path and a float in a project?
A4. The technique we used to identify critical path and float is by critical path analysis i.e. critical path includes all nodes with float zero. Also activity network is helpful.

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1A: A project charter is a high level document that consist project information such as scope, cost, team and feasibility details.

2A: WBS, Work Break Down Structure; divide the work in to sub works and allocate to team with possible completion time lines. With this methodology, work can complete without hesitation and provide step by step information regarding work.

3A: Most of the outcomes close to the project management and best in industry practices.

4A: Project completion and time study to avoid time delays.

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  1. What is a project charter? Based on the project charter, what are your responsibilities as a project manager?

• A project charter is a statement of the scope, objectives, and participants in a project. It provides a preliminary delineation of roles and responsibilities, outlines the project objectives, identifies the main stakeholders, and defines the authority of the project manager

• Provide an understanding of the project
• Establish general scope of the project as early as possible
• Establish the project manager and his or her authority level

  1. What is WBS? Why is the WBS necessary for project planning?

• WBS defines the scope of the project and breaks the work down into components that can be scheduled, estimated, and easily monitored and controlled

• WBS allow easier assignment of human resources
• WBS allow easier assignment of responsibility for activities
• WBS allow easier management of each component
• WBS allow accurate estimation of time, cost, and resource requirements

  1. What are key lessons you have learned from subunit 4.2?

• How to design a project scope
• How to design a project schedule planning
• Setting up a baseline

  1. What techniques can you use to identify the critical path and a float in a project?

• Critical path analysis

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1-project charter phase include project kickoff meetings, identifying the project team .
my responsibilities as a project is to define de main steps of the project such scope ,cost ,time ,team ,deliverables.
2-the WBS is the distribution of tasks .The WBS necessary to make work more reliable and well described tasks .
3-key lessons : to avoid the random extension of the project we must write and sign a document between all the parties concerned.
4- to identify the critical path i use time delay

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  1. What is a project charter? Based on the project charter, what are your responsibilities as a project manager?

Answer: A project charter, project definition, or project statement is a statement of the scope, objectives, and participants in a project. It provides a preliminary delineation of roles and responsibilities, outlines the project objectives, identifies the main stakeholders, and defines the authority of the project manager. It serves as a reference of authority for the future of the project.

Based on project charter, the project team develops the project management plan, engages in scope planning, details scope definition and creates the work breakdown structure.

  1. What is WBS? Why is the WBS necessary for project planning?

Answer: The WBS or Work Breakdown Structure defines the scope of the project and breaks the work down into components that can be scheduled, estimated, and easily monitored and controlled. The idea behind the WBS is simple: IT subdivide a complicated task into smaller tasks, to a level that cannot be further subdivided.

WBS is necessary as it is usually easier to estimate how long the small task will take and how much it will cost to perform than it would have been to estimate these factors at the higher levels. Each descending level of the WBS represents an increased level of detailed definition of the project work.

  1. What are key lessons you have learned from subunit 4.2?

Answer: The key lesson are:

  • How to design a project scope.
  • How to design a project schedule planning
  • Setting up a baseline
  • What techniques can you use to identify the critical path and a float in a project?

Answer: The critical path is the path through the network that results in the latest completion date of the project. If any activity on the critical path is delayed, the completion of the project will be delayed by an equal amount. It is the path with the greatest total duration.

To determine the critical path, add the amount of time estimated for the duration of each activity to the previous activity to determine which path through the network has the longest total duration

Float, sometimes called slack, is the amount of time an activity, network path, or project can be delayed from the early start without changing the completion date of the project.

Total float is the difference between the finish date of the last activity on the critical path and the project completion date.

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What is a project charter? Based on the project charter, what are your responsibilities as a project manager?
A project charter is the statement of scope, objectives and people who are participating in a project .

• Provide an understanding of the project
• Establish general scope of the project as early as possible
• Establish the project manager and his or her authority level

• WBS defines the scope of the project and breaks the work down into components that can be scheduled, estimated, and easily monitored and controlled

• WBS allow easier assignment of human resources
• WBS allow easier assignment of responsibility for activities
• WBS allow easier management of each component

Project completion and time study to avoid time delays.

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1A: A project charter is a high level document that consist project information such as scope, cost, team and feasibility details.

2A: WBS, Work Break Down Structure; divide the work in to sub works and allocate to team with possible completion time lines. With this methodology, work can complete without hesitation and provide step by step information regarding work.

3A: Most of the outcomes close to the project management and best in industry practices.

4A: Project completion and time study to avoid time delays.

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  1. What is a project charter? Based on the project charter, what are your responsibilities as a project manager?

Project charter is a formal but short document which describes your project in entirety. It officially starts a project or a phase.

Project charter helps to define the preliminary delineation of roles and responsibilities, outlines the projects key goals, identifies the main stakeholders, and specify the authority of the project Manger.

  1. What is WBS? Why is the WBS necessary for project planning?

WBS is an organized chart in hierarchical tree structure that outlines the project and breaks it down into smaller, more manageable portions.
-It helps project managers to plan the project effectively

  1. What are key lessons you have learned from the "Project Management Best Practices” lecture in subunit 4.2?

  2. What techniques can you use to identify the critical path and a float in a project?

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