Completion of Group Assignment in Project Management


The last couple of days + weekend has been spent on finishing our group assignment in the course of Project Management. It has been a pretty funny assignment where we where supposed to plan a project. Below are some of the different parts of our project plan:

* Identify project goals
* System/Project Requirements + Prerequisites
* Situation analysis (including SWOT + Stakeholder mapping)
* Planning (Using Network Diagram, WBS, Gantt, Resource Lists etc.)
* Budgeting
* Communications Plan
* Quality Assurance

and much more!

I focused mainly on the planning parts, creating a WBS, network diagram, Gantt chart and resource lists. I used a combination of OmniPlan and OmniGraffle, which i would really recommend for people using Mac!
I think our report landed at around 60 pages. Most of it can be found in the appendix, though! ;-) . Below is an image of our finished Gantt chart, looks pretty nifty if you ask me.

It has been a good group with three different nationalities present (Sweden, China and Germany). Sometimes i feel that i learn more from interacting with people from different cultures than just doing the actual assignments.

Today, i’ve also written a shorter reflection based on the same assigment where one group member weren’t working together with the rest of the group. We therefor had to argue for two different choices; Keep / Fire.
Clearly there are pro’s and con’s with both and since it is very much connected to the case, it doesn’t make much sense to write anything more about it here (since then i would have to describe the whole case).

Case About IBM

IBM's logo

Today i’ve been in school for a couple of hours, working on a case based on IBM and how they’ve been working with their organization from a gender-perspective. This is ofcourse interesting from a managerial perspective although I often find myself a bit puzzled about the whole discussion about equality and gender. I’m not saying that it isn’t important, because i think it is, it’s just that for me it’s pretty obvious that it’s what you do that is important, and not so much who you are (minority, male, female, etc.). And the subject also leads me to the question about quotation, which i must say i don’t agree with at all. As i said, the person most suitable should be hired. The risk here is that you get like an reversed discrimination.

I guess that this is also an issue that can be looked at based on different age-groups in society where young people have a more equal way of looking at male/female (at least that’s my experience). So, hopefully this will be a non-issue in the future! ;-) .

Anyways, i also learned some interesting stuff about IBM and especially their history which was more or less an unexplored area for me personally.

We we’re pretty productive today and i really tried to prepare before our meeting which was a winning strategy as we could get going with the work straight away. Will probably finish my parts on the report during the coming days, will add more information about our findings as we complete the case.

Now i will try to focus on reading about IBM’s 5-minute drill and get some thoughts down. After that it’s off to GF’s brother as it is his birthday today!