Identify any leading vs. the lagging indicators

Case Study Continued – Week Five

You have been performing in the role of project manager in support of Ms. Jackson’s vision of creating a strong and talented project management professional team leading to stronger project execution. Ms. Jackson has just called you into her office with a few updates:

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  • ACME has been revisiting their strategy and decided that product development will become a heavy focus for the organization over the next three years. Due to this product development focus, she wants to also implement an Agile training program which will specifically focus on Scrum techniques. Jackson has asked for you to add it to the scope of the current training program which was approved when you submitted the business case. She is not familiar with change management principles so you will have to create a change form and high-level change process that the team will follow. Ms. Jackson is willing to give you an additional $15,000 in budgeted funds but would like this completed in the same timeframe as the initial project request. The $15,000 is her budget estimate but may not be based upon what the actual costs may be. According to your research, adding Agile may cost an additional $20,000 and have to be done subsequent to the initial training program which has already been scheduled.
  • In addition, upon a recent review of your risk register with your team, a risk that was identified as high impact is seemingly turning into an issue. This risk was related to the potential turnover in training personnel. You have just learned that your top trainer may be leaving the project for a new opportunity.
  • The current forecast of the project indicates that your cost estimate may have been too low. Current projections now indicate that beginning in week four of the project, you may be exceeding your budget by $10,000 per week. You believe the budget overrun is due to higher than expected salaries and unplanned vacation time.
  • The current forecast of the project indicates that your cost estimate may have been too low. Current projections now indicate that beginning in week four of the project, you may be exceeding your budget by $10,000 per week. You believe the budget overrun is due to higher than expected salaries and unplanned vacation time.

 

 

  • Other key indicators:

 

  • Your last staffing report shows very little project team attrition or
  • Early surveys from participants in the training show a high degree of

 

 

Changes such as these are not uncommon in the project management profession. Determining whether the request constitutes a change in scope, schedule, and budget is an integral component of project management.

 

Using your business case, project charter and stakeholder analysis, determine how this new information will impact your project. What type of change process will you be recommended be implemented?

 

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