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Project Management and Procurement

American Property Development Corporation (APDC) a designer and developer of outdoor shopping malls and small office complexes has decided to standardize their project management practices and processes across the national organization. The goal is to standardize on one single project scheduling tool,and have the tool installed and to be operational within 90 days. To this end they are forming a central Project Management Office (PMO). Until now, project managers (there are 40 presently on staff distributed all over the USA and Canada) have been able to use whatever scheduling tool they liked, within their budget constraints. They have also been able to buy equipment and engage contractors at will. The PMO will be determining one scheduling tool that all PMs will be expected to use, exclusive of any other scheduling tools. The PMO will also develop and implement a standardized procurement process. Since the PMs are located across the USA and Canada, a web-based solution seems likely to be the most successful tool.

As the Project Manager, you have been charged with implementing the procurement process and you decide your first project will be purchasing the scheduling tool for ACME Development Corporation.

Deliverable Length: 7-10 slides w/200-250 word speaker notes per slide
Details: Use the Library, Internet, and any other materials you have available to find and analyze one situation where:

there was no procurement or contract strategy plan and the project failed
the procurement or contract strategy plan was inadequate and the project failed
the procurement or contract strategy plan was inadequate and the project eventually was completed
Discuss the issues that led to the failure. Be specific as to the project and details. Make suggestions to avoid failure for the future. Cite your references and sources.


Solution Summary

The solution is a power point presentation that discussed how a project management plan failed due to lack of procurement.