TDM Module 7 Assignment

Project Management Best Practices

Learning Objective:  On completion of this module, students will be able to describe, summarize and effectively utilize the best practice framework for project management.

Project Management Best Practices

1. Overview: What is a Project Management Framework?

Answer the below questions on the project management framework as true or false.

  • A project management framework is the use of tools and processes to transition a project from start to finish.
  • Integration management is a collection of processes required to ensure that the various elements of the projects are properly coordinated

2. Definitions:

i.   Best practice: “A method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a benchmark”. (http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/best-practice.html)


ii.  Project Management Framework: The subdivision of responsibilities, processes, tools and resources; blended together; producing awareness of principal structural elements of the project. (http://www.mymanagementguide.com/project-management-framework-definition-and-elements/)

3. Objectives:

A systematic approach to obtain specific outcomes or goals, using a scientific, structured approach - a way of working and techniques used, based on best practices.

(https://www.vanharen.net/blog/van-haren-publishing/best-practice-model-framework-method-guidance-standard-towards-consistent-use-terminology/)


Objectives of project-management and coordination

4. Project development outline:

  • The purpose of PM framework is to:

Simplify and assist with sharing of information: best practices, approaches, tools, etc.

Create and share understanding of best practices: planning, management, control, etc.

Contribute to setting standards and requirements for projects and improve competence levels.

(http://www.mymanagementguide.com/project-management-framework-definition-and-elements/)

i. The purpose of PM framework is to:

  •  Simplify and assist with sharing of information
  •  Create and share understanding of best practices
  •  Contribute to setting standards and requirements
  • All of the above

5. Scope

i.    The scope statement should include the following elements: 

Online reading: (https://opentextbc.ca/projectmanagement/chapter/chapter-4-framework-for-project-management-project-management/)

ii. Project Integration Management:

Online reading: (http://study.com/academy/lesson/project-integration-management-definition-processes-example.html).

iii. What Are Milestones in Project Management?

See slideshow: (http://study.com/academy/lesson/what-are-milestones-in-project-management-definition-examples.html)

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Answer the below questions referring to project scope with either true or false.

  • Project scope refers to the detailed set of deliverables or features of a project.
  • Scope does not cover project planning in relation to specific project goals and deadlines.
  • Scope does not cover project planning in relation to specific project tasks, functions and costs.

Project Scope Management

Project Objectives: Total Quality Management and SMART Objectives

What Are Milestones in Project Management? http://study.com/academy/lesson/what-are-milestones-in-project-management-definition-examples.html

6. Good project governance elements

i.  Governance rules! The principles of effective project governance: 

See online article (https://www.pmi.org/learning/library/project-governance-principles-corporate-perspective-6528).


ii. Three pillars of decision making framework: 

See online article (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_governance).


iii. Program governance structure: 

See online article (https://www.slideshare.net/saurabhsardesai/program-governance-structure).

Five Key Characteristics of Good Project Governance: Towards Better Decision Making

Final written assignment

1. The final written assignment is aimed to test Learning Objectives set out for Module 1: Project Management Best Practices. 

2. Assessment will be based on critical thinking ability and problem solving skills. 

  • Maximum word count: 2500 words. 
  • Total marks: 50 marks
  • Due date: 05 May 2017.

3. Learners are expected to create a proposal based on an actual formal event/project that:

  • Identifies project management goals and objectives, as per best practice framework
  • Summarize project outline, schedule and cost breakdown (use attachments as relevant)
  • Lists actual and potential hazards/barriers/limitations and causes
  •  Provide suggestions on how to lessen risk, with the intent of preventing future recurrence(s).

4. Students are expected to provide all reference sources used and acknowledge quotes accurately, to prevent Plagiarism.

5. Questions or problems can be addressed via the student discussion forum.

Further reading: