Compare and analyse a number of project management practices of two real-world projects
Assignment 2 Instructions
1. Selecting projects
This group assignment requires you to compare and analyse a number of project management practices of two real-world projects. In selecting the projects, you can either:
The two projects are THE CHUNNEL PROJECT AND THE GLASGOW TOWER PROJECT.
2. Projects comparative analysis
You are required to conduct a comparative analysis between the two projects you have selected. The analysis will be based on 4 project management practices:
Project delivery system
The analysis should link well with the theories/concepts covered in this course. Conduct additional research if you feel necessary. For each of the above practices, your analysis should:
a) Identify and elaborate on the similarities and/or differences between the practices used in the selected projects. For example:
Project selection: look at the types of model used in the selection of each project do they use similar/different models? What are they?
Project delivery system: look at the project delivery systems and contract terms of payment used in the procurement of each project
Project planning: look at the tools/techniques used in planning of each project
Project control: look at the tools/techniques used in the control of each project
b) For each of the 4 project management practices, evaluate and discuss how well each project performed (e.g. effective/ineffective, good/poor). For example:
Project selection look for evidence of appropriate method used to select each project
Project delivery system look for evidence of appropriate project delivery system/contract terms of payment
Project planning look for evidence of effective project planning
(project scheduling, appropriate risk management plan etc.)
Project control look for evidence of effective project monitoring and control. Was the project delayed? Was there any appropriate control tool/measure used in the project?
c) Identify the project that performs better across all the 4 project management practices. You may consider using a scoring technique to help determine the better project (i.e. multi-criteria scoring technique).
3. Final report structure
A final report must be prepared based on the analysis and comparison of the selected projects as detailed in Section 3. The report should follow the structure set out below.
1. Executive Summary (10%, 1 page)
One page summary that: explains the aim of your assignment report; provides an overview of the projects you have analysed; and summarises the main findings as well as lessons learnt from your analysis.
2. A summary of the selected projects (15%, 1-2 pages)
This section should provide a summary of both projects that you selected.
3. Project management similarities and differences (25%, 3-4 pages)
In this section, you are required to identify and elaborate on the similarities and/or differences between the selected projects based on the 4 project management practices as described in Section 3.
4. Project management evaluation (35%, 3-4 pages)
In this section, you are required to evaluate and discuss how well each project performed based on each of the 4 project management practices. Also determine and discuss which project performs better across all 4 practices.
5. Summary (5%, 1 page) Summarise key findings and lessons learnt from the above analysis.
6. References list all references cited in the body of the report (APA, Harvard or IEEE referencing styles accepted).
7. Appendix (if any) this section should only contain necessary information that supports the main contents of the assignment but is not included in the main body of the report.
Please note that the remaining 10% of the final report mark will be assessed on the following criteria:
Quality of writing (clarity, spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.)
Quality of diagrams/illustrations
Complete and correct referencing
The main body of the report (Sections 1-5) should be no more than 12 pages. General format of the report
Times New Roman with font size of minimum 10 points, maximum 12
Paragraph spacing: Minimum single line, Maximum 1.5 lines
Left and right margins: 2.5 cm.
Top/Bottom margins: 2.5 cm.
The final report must have:
A report cover page with course number and name, project title, group number and full details of group members with % contribution
All sections and sub-sections clearly numbered