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Use the following project scope statement:

Riordan Manufacturing is a plastics injection molding manufacturer pursuing a Go Green project with the intent of achieving International Organization for Standardizations 14001 certification. Riordan's main objective is to improve the sustainability of its products and processes. A separate but related component of this campaign is to improve sustainable practices in offices at each plant. Offices are being asked to support this effort by developing green programs, such as generating lower waste, improving energy efficiency, and carpooling.


o Restricted to offices at Riordan locations

o Does not include external activities

o Restricted to lowering office waste, improving energy efficiency or lowering energy usage, and reducing air pollutants


o Reduce solid office waste volume by 50%.

o Lower energy consumption by 10%.

o Increase carpooling to over 50% of the staff.

o Reduce disposable break room products by 75%.

Write an executive summary in which you describe the role of a project leader in creating a WBS. Explain strategies a project leader would use to interpret the project scope statement, conduct relevant research, and develop the WBS.

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Role of Project Manager in WBS

The project management is a process to manage the work effectively in order to accomplish project objectives. The project manager is responsible to perform all the tasks of a project to accomplish project goals. The work breakdown structure (WBS) is an important tool in project management that is used to organize the project tasks appropriately. The project manager plays an important role in creating WBS of a project (Rosenau & Rosenau, 2006).
The main objective of a project proposal is to provide the basic information about the time and cost of project. So, the project manager is needed to develop a structure of the project in detail. The project manager creates the WBS with the help of other project members to assign the roles, responsibilities and tasks to the project members. The project leader helps to decompose the large activities into small manageable components and that helps to identify major deliverables of the project (Koster, 2009). The project leader plays following roles in creating WBS -

Specify Project Objective:

In the process of developing a WBS of the project; the project manger firstly specifies objective of the project proposal. It is because; the clearly defined objectives of project provide a framework that is important to develop a WBS of the project (Koster, 2009). The project manger also specifies the result and services that will be provided to the end users.
Establishing Project Priorities:

The project leader also defines all the project priorities to the team members that are helpful to create the WBS. It is because; he has the reasonability to manage the tradeoff between project time, cost, and performance. The ...

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Kendrick discusses the project charter, which defines a project, in Chapters 2 (pp. 13-14) and 5. Usually the project charter is written by senior management; it authorizes the project leader to proceed with the execution of a project. The charter provides project leaders with the broad authority over all the elements associated with a project. In that sense it is a method of control over a project team where direct authority is lacking. Through the project charter, the project team members know that senior management stands behind the project and their failure to perform will be made known to their functional managers. Consider the following:

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2. What are some technological, cultural, and communication challenges inherent in global virtual project teams? How would you mitigate these challenges so that they do not impact timely and successful project executions/completions?

3. As the senior vice-president for global projects, how would you coach/train your new project managers to build effective high performing virtual teams? How would you determine which project managers are the best candidates to successfully manage resources in dispersed geographies around the world?

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Case # 2

This assignment has two parts. Complete all of the questions in both parts.

Part 1

1. Two projects are described below. For each, make a list of deliverables you would include to ensure that the project fulfills its objectives.

a. You are in the process of working with a contractor to pave a new driveway for your house as well as to build a detached two-car garage at the end of it. What deliverables would you place in the contract?

b. You work for a company that makes widgets. You have a single plant located in the United States. The plant has order, credit, manufacturing, warehousing, shipping, and invoicing departments. Each of these departments has its own unique legacy computer software programs. Information is passed from one department to the next by hand-keying the necessary information into a different computer hardware and software system. Your firm wants to implement enterprise resource planning (ERP), which involves replacing such individual legacy systems with one integrated software system, where an order will proceed from beginning to end without anyone having to input data other than what was entered when the order was originally placed. Make a list of deliverables you would expect from the software company setting up the ERP system.

2. What is involved in testing the limits as you do initial scoping?

3. What is the value of a scope document?

Part 2
A work breakdown structure (WBS) is a deliverable-oriented hierarchical decomposition of the work to be executed by the project team in order to accomplish the project objectives and create the required deliverables. In short, it is a giant "to do" list that shows how the team will accomplish the project objectives. A WBS organizes and defines the total scope of the project while subdividing the project into smaller, more manageable pieces in descending levels. Kendrick describes this process in Chapter 6. For a brief explanation and sample, see the chart below.

Look back to Part 1 of this assignment, where you made a list of deliverables. Choose one of the two projects described in Part 1, and create a work breakdown structure for it.

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