Five Stages of the Project Management Lifecycle Assignment
Assignment ID Number AFFGEHU83939HD Type of Document Essay Writing Format APA/MLA/Harvard Academic Level Masters/University References/Sources 4 References
Five Stages of the Project Management Lifecycle Assignment
Running head: PROJECT MANAGEMENT 1
PROJECT MANAGEMENT TRAINING 8
Project Management Training Manual
PRM300 Introduction to Project Management
Month Day, Year
Project Management Introduction
Note you will be inserting updated and corrected copies of your work as examples in this project management manual. This means you need to update your work in this course to reflect the feedback provided. Please review the feedback and lessons learned in the discussions, learning activities, and in the gradebook.
Start the first paragraph here. Your introduction should introduce your reader to the subject you are writing about, as well as your particular position or claim. Before you can create your first paragraph, consider these “pre-writing” tips. Here you will:
[Introduce the project management manual and what you will cover.]
Spend time planning this manual. A good practice is to brainstorm ideas and decide how to express the main idea or thesis. Once you have a rough idea of what you want to say or argue, create an outline or list to help you organize the evidence you plan to present. Make sure you include your thesis statement (tell us what you are going to tell us). For more suggestions, please read about thesis statements on our Ashford Writing Center website: Thesis Statements. Other helpful tools on our website are the Thesis Generator and Moving from Prompt to Thesis.
Projects and Project Management
[Explain what a project is and how project management improves an organization’s success]
Each paragraph of your assignment should be clear and easy to follow. Ashford University has several good resources to help you write a strong paragraph, such as How to Write a Good Paragraph and the P.I.E. Paragraph Structure.
In addition to being well-written, each paragraph should include an in-text citation to all ideas, or references (note no quotes are allowed, put things in your own words and cite the author) that are from outside sources and research. The Ashford Writing Center provides many resources to help you follow correct citation style (primarily APA) and gives lessons and examples of how to paraphrase and cite sources. The APA Key Elements page is a good place to start.
Five Stages of the Project Management Lifecycle
[Introduce the project lifecycle and the five stages, you will discuss these more in detail later]
Remember to start off each paragraph with a good “topic sentence” that identifies the main idea of the paragraph. A good topic sentence can “stand on its own.” Meaning someone can read this sentence by itself and get an idea of what the sentence is about. For more information on topic sentences see: https://awc.ashford.edu/writing-tools-overview.html or https://owl.english.purdue.edu/engagement/2/1/29/
[Explain the Pre-planning stage of the project management lifecycle.
Explain project management terms, tools, and techniques that are applicable to the Pre planning/Project Selection Stage.]
Explain the importance of project stakeholders, sponsors, and project teams to the success of the project.]
[Describe various approaches for selecting projects.
- Provide an example of a project section form and explain its purpose.
- Explain the elements of the project section form and their importance.
Project Selection Form
[Insert the project selection form. Update and correct the project selection template from week 2 and use it as an example. Be sure to incorporate any applicable instructor or peer feedback you may have received about your work. Explain the purpose of the project selection form in the workplace].
[Explain the Planning stage of the project management lifecycle.
Explain project management terms, tools, and techniques that are applicable to the Planning Stage.
Planning Stage – Project Scope Documentation and Terms
- Explain the purpose of project scope statement and all the terms used in the project scope template.
- Project Basics:
- Project Name
- Project Sponsor
- Project Scope Statement
- Project Scope:
- Out of Scope (Exclusions)
- Project Execution:
- Time estimate
- Cost estimate
- Project Acceptance Criteria
- Insert a corrected and updated screenshot of your completed project scope template from week 2 into your manual. Use the feedback you received and what you learned in the class to update the template you submitted earlier.
Project Scope Template Example
[Insert document here. Note the corrected APA formatted way to insert a figure has been provided for you.]
Breaking Down the Project – Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), Milestones, and Critical Path
- Explain the work breakdown structure (WBS), project milestones, and the critical path and how these elements relate to the project’s status.
[Introduce Figure 3 example]
Work Breakdown Structure with Gantt Chart Example
[Insert screen capture here of WBS and the Gantt chart from ProjectLibre]
[Update the WBS and Gantt chart in MS Project or modify the example you created in Week Three, taking into account both instructor and peer feedback, and include a screen shot of it as an example in your training manual. Make sure the example contains the appropriate level of detail so the reader understands the context.
[The Snipping Tool is an application on your computer that enables you to precisely choose what to ‘snip’. This gives you a lot more flexibility than just doing screenshots and will allow you to have more professional looking inserts.
Note a key part of the snipping tool is setting up your screen. Please review the video:
[Explain the Executing stage of the project management lifecycle.
Explain project management terms, tools, and techniques that are applicable to the Executing Stage.
Monitoring and Controlling Stage
[Explain the monitoring and controlling stage of the project management lifecycle, including related project management terms, tools, and techniques that are applicable to the Monitoring and Controlling Stage. Comment by Shawn M: These instructions will need to be updated when the course control document is updated
[Explain the change control process and why it is important
[Explain the Closing Stage of the project management lifecycle.
Explain project management terms, tools, and techniques that are applicable to the Closing Stage.
Explain what a “lessons learned” report is and its importance for future projects within the organization.]
Everything you write needs to have both an introduction and a conclusion. Your conclusion should serve to reestablish your position on the paper’s topic and your thesis statement. A conclusion often mirrors your introduction and does not include any new information. For more information on how to develop a proper conclusion see: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/724/04
How to Become a Better Writer…and Earn a Higher Grade
Before turning in your paper, have friend or family member read it and check its grammar and clarity. You will also want to read your paper out loud. Reading out loud will help you catch a lot issues. Better yet use the free text to voice software, like Natural Reader. You will be amazed at the number of writing errors you hear when the computer reads what you have written back to you.
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Ashford University’s Writing Center offers a free paper review service and email assistance 24 hours a day. See the Writing Center link in the classroom to access.
[Include your APA formatted references here.]
The following are commonly used references. Please fill in the required information, and if you need more help, see the AWC References page. References are listed in alphabetical order.
Ashford Textbook (Online edition):
Author, A. (Year published). Title of book: Subtitle of book (edition, if other than the first) [Electronic version]. Retrieved from URL
Witt, G. A., & Mossler, R. A. (2010). Adult development and life assessment [Electronic version]. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/books/4
Basic Format for Books
Author, A. (Year published). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.
Larson, E., & Gray, C. (2014). Project management: The managerial process with MS project (6th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Irwin. ISBN: 9781259186400.
Online Journal Article (such as from the Ashford Library):
Author, A. (Year Published). Article title. Journal Name, Volume(Issue), page range. doi:# or Retrieved from journal’s homepage URL
Churchill, S. D., & Mruk, C. J. (2014). Practicing what we preach in humanistic and positive psychology. American Psychologist, 69(1), 90-92. doi:10.1037/a0034868
Hack, N.B. (2011, May 3). How deeply engaging stakeholders changes everything. Forbes. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/85broads/2011/05/03/how-deeply-engaging-stakeholders-changes-everything/
Author, A. (Year, Month Date Published). Article title. Magazine Title. Retrieved from URL
Walk, V. (2013, April 29). Can this woman fix Europe? Time. Retrieved from http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,213969.html
Author, A. [Screen name]. (Year, Month, Day). Title of video [Video file]. Retrieved from URL
Apsolon, M. (2011, September 9). Real ghost girl caught on video tape 14
[Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nyGCbxD848
Author, A. (Year, Month, Date Published). Article title. Retrieved from URL
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