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How do you define quality in a project? Describe tools/techniques you think are a necessity for planning a project’s quality management and how to implement them.

ASSESSMENT BRIEF
Subject Code and Title PROJ 6002: Project Planning and Budgeting
Assessment Assessment 2 – Cost and Quality Management Plans (2 parts)
o Part A: Module Discussion Activity
o Part B: Cost and Quality Management Plans
Individual/Group Part A: Individual
Part B: Individual/Group
Length Part A: 750 words/student
Part B: 1500 words/student
Learning Outcomes Successful completion of this assessment will result in
achievement of the following subject learning outcomes:

  1. Evaluate and apply a range of project scope, cost and
    time management planning techniques and practices
    to address the needs of complex project briefs,
    including global, paying particular attention to issues
    impacting project outcomes.
  2. Present and justify budgetary and planning outcomes
    to a globally diverse range of stakeholders who
    represent competing interests in order to obtain
    agreement and commitment to action.
  3. Apply quality management planning tools and
    techniques to achieve expected project outcomes.
    Submission Part A:
    Initial discussion by first half of Module 5.
    Response to peer by 11:55pm AEST/AEDT Sunday End of
    Module 5
    Part B:
    By 11:55pm AEST/AEDT Sunday First Half of Module 6
    Weighting 50% (Part A: 10%; Part B: 40%)
    Total Marks Part A: 10 marks
    Part B: 40 marks
    Context:
    Project Cost Management includes the processes of planning, estimating, budgeting, financing,
    funding, managing and controlling costs so that the project can be completed within the approved
    budget.
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    Project Cost Management planning begins with the process of developing cost estimates. In this
    process, a project manager is tasked with considering all types of costs likely to be incurred in the
    different phases of a project. In addition, the project manager will consider the risks likely to affect
    costs and any variations these risks may cause. This helps the project manager to make more reliable
    and usable cost estimates and ensure that any project budget variation due to unforeseen
    circumstances is mitigated as much as possible. Once the cost-estimation process has been fully
    carried out for each project activity, the project manager then combines the costs to determine the
    project budget. Finally, the project manager will consider the steps he or she will take throughout the
    project to ensure that the actual expenditure is kept within the budget specified.
    Project Quality Management (PQM) includes the processes and activities of the performing
    organisation that determine quality policies, objectives, and responsibilities so that the project will
    satisfy the needs for which is was undertaken. PQM uses policies and procedures to implement, within
    the project’s context, the organisation’s quality management system and, as appropriate, it supports
    continuous process improvement activities as undertaken on behalf of the performing organisation.
    PQM works to ensure that the project requirements, including the product requirements, are met and
    validated.
    Project Quality Management planning is the process of identifying quality requirements and/or
    standards for the project and its deliverables, and documenting how the project will demonstrate
    compliance with relevant quality requirements. The key benefit of this process is that it provides
    guidance and direction on how quality will be managed and validated throughout the project.
    Instructions:
    This assessment has two parts. Part A is Module Discussion Activity and Part B is Cost and Quality
    Management Plans.
    For Parts A, each student will construct an initial discussion in approximately 500 words to respond to
    the following questions and post on the relevant Module discussion activity by the first half of the
    Module.
    Each student will also provide constructive feedback/comment in 250 words to at least one fellow
    student discussion by the end of the Module. (Total 750 words for Assessment 2 Part A)
    Part A: Module Discussion Activity
    Defining project quality and its association to project cost management
    How do you define quality in a project? Describe tools/techniques you think are a necessity for
    planning a project’s quality management and how to implement them. Explain how the project cost
    can be affected by poor quality and give some examples from the given case study.
    Output:
    Part A – provide an initial discussion of 500 words by first half of Module 5. Respond to at least one
    fellow student discussion (Total 750 words for Assessment 2 Part A) by the end of Module 5.
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    Part B: Cost and Quality Management Plans
    Part B – You will use the given case study to complete this part individually or in a group of 2-3 students.
    You will begin developing the cost management planning components of your Cost Management Plan
    in Module 4. For this plan, you are responsible for developing the project cost estimate and a project
    budget baseline.
    In addition to your cost estimates and budget, include a 750 words to describe the processes, and
    tools and techniques you are using in your cost management plan, as well as justification of your
    budgetary plan. You can use the templates found in this module’s Learning Resources or a format of
    your own.
    In Module 5, you will develop the quality management planning components of your Quality
    Management Plan. Refer to the learning resources and the template provided for guidance.
    The written portion of your quality management plan should consist of 750 words. You can use the
    templates found in this module’s Learning Resources or a format of your own.
    If you work in group, nominate a group leader within your group and this group leader will submit
    the group assessment on behalf of the group.
    At the end of your assessment, you will individually, and anonymously, evaluate the contribution of
    your group members and yourself in this assessment, using the Group Contribution Form provided.
    On a scale of 1 to 10, rate yourself and then rate each of your fellow group members on their
    performance and contribution to this assessment. Individually submit the completed group
    contribution form on Blackboard.
    Output:
    Complete and submit your Cost and Quality Management Plans assessment (by the group leader)
    and group contribution form (individually) by the first half of Module 6.
    Learning Resources:
    Aaltonen, K., & Kujala, J. (2010). A project lifecycle perspective on stakeholder influence strategies in
    global projects. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 26(4), 381–397.
    AIMS (2015). What is Project Cost Management? Tools, Techniques and Processes for PMP & PMBOK
    | AIMS Lecture. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PflAkMayixM
    Ainamo, A., Artto, K., Levitt, R. E., Orr, R. J., Scott, W. R., & Tainio, R. (2010). Global projects:
    Strategic perspectives. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 26(4), 343–351.
    Heldman, K. (2013). PMP Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide (7th ed.). Indianapolis,
    IN: Wiley.
     Chapter 5: Developing the Project Budget and Communicating the Plan
     Chapter 6: (up to ‘Analyzing Risks Using Qualitative Techniques’)
    Pensar, S. (2010, August 17). Five challenges in global projects. Retrieved from
    https://www.itforbusiness.org/article/five-challenges-in-global-projects/
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    Project Management Institute. (2017). A guide to the project management body of knowledge
    (PMBOK Guide®) (6th ed.). Newtown Square, Pennsylvania: Project Management Institute.
    Project Management Institute. (2013). A guide to the project management body of knowledge
    (PMBOK Guide®) (5th ed.). Newtown Square, Pennsylvania: Project Management Institute.
     Section 7.1: Plan Cost Management
     Section 7.2: Estimate Costs
     Section 7.3: Determine Budget
     Section 8.1: Plan Quality Management
    Rodrigues, I., & Sbragia, R. (2013). The cultural challenges of managing global project teams: A study
    of Brazilian multinationals. Journal of Technology Management and Innovation, 8. Retrieved from
    http://www.jotmi.org/index.php/GT/article/view/1237
    Sahi, R. (2009). Managing Projects Across the Global Enterprise. Retrieved from
    http://www.pmi.org/learning/managing-projects-global-six-challenges-6823
    Snyder, C. S. (2013). A project manager’s book of forms: A companion to the PMBOK guide (2nd ed.).
    Indianapolis, IN: Wiley.
     Document: Cost Estimating Worksheet Template
     Document: Cost Management Plan Template
     Document: Quality Management Plan Template
    Wysocki, R. K. (2014). Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme (7th ed.).
    Indianapolis, IN: Wiley.
     Chapter 5, section ‘Estimating Cost’
    Document: Group Contribution Form
    Assessment Criteria:
    Submitted assessment will be marked using the Learning Rubric enclosed.
    Students’ contribution in the group assessment will be calculated from the submitted Group
    Contribution forms. This will then feed into each student’s assessment result.

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