This project was an attempt to create a portfolio in the format of a blog on the subject of project management. This project involved myself and my tutor, I was the one in charge of the project and had to report to my tutor to check up on the progress off the blog. The project had 3 sets of deliverables due, each set contained a combination of mandatory and optional deliverables with a set deadline. I had to choose the optional deliverables for each set and agree to a formative assessment deadline for each set with my tutorial tutor. Once a deadline had been chosen I had to stick to it, the projects deliverables had to be presented via the blog. In the blog I discussed:
- project management principles,
- definition of project management terms,
- quality issues in project management,
- the preparation, monitoring and management of a project plan
- the various tools and techniques that can be used within and for a project
The optional deliverables I had chosen to do in set 1 was the glossary on project management terms and living with Alice. I chose these 2 deliverables because I felt that they would help me later on in the other deliverables especially the glossary terms, I also wanted to know what kind of tools one can use in a team project hence the choice of living with Alice. Both deliverables were very informative and required a lot of research in order to complete them, I learnt many project management terms and their definitions this has helped me understand what is involved in project management and I also learnt about the various communication tools that can be used in projects.
The mandatory deliverable was a project plan that had a project scope, milestone list, communication statement, risk management plan, quality management plan and a baseline statement. I found this deliverable to be slightly difficult as it required me to learn many things I did not know about or understand very well. I learnt quite a lot from this deliverable especially on how to manage and plan projects, I also learnt how to create a risk management plan and a quality management plan. All the deliverables in set 1 were finished on time for the formative assessment.
The were 2 mandatory deliverables for set 2, a case study on the London Ambulance system failure and an estimation of a project using FPA. The optional deliverables I had chosen were identifying the risks and code complexity. I learnt a lot from all the deliverables in this set, each deliverable had a different problem regarding project management. I learnt about how big projects fail, how to estimate using FPA, how to identify risks as a manager and how to calculate the complexity of a piece of software code. I chose the 2 optional deliverables as they seemed very interesting, I had never heard of calculating code complexity so I wanted to see what it was about and I chose identifying risks as it had many things similar to a deliverable in set 1. I completed all deliverables in this set in time for my formative assessment.
In the final set there was 1 mandatory and 2 optional deliverables. The mandatory deliverable was a post project review and the optional deliverables i had chosen was scheduling and a tricky choice. I had chosen the scheduling deliverable to learn about the techniques used in scheduling a projects, I learnt that there are 2 categories of techniques one to display the project schedule and the other to analyse the schedule. I chose the tricky choice deliverable as it had some relation to a deliverable in set 2. The mandatory set helped me learn how to critically analyse and review my findings. I completed all deliverables in this set on time for my formative assessment.
I did find it difficult in doing the FPA estimation deliverable as it was slightly confusing as to how one would calculate it, I overcame this by going through the slide and reading the extra material given by the lecturer. The code complexity was slightly difficult as well as i had know clue as to calculate complexity using the cyclomatic metric, to help me with this deliverable i searched online for the material and a guide on how to use the metric. Furthermore I also found most of set 2 difficult as i had to do a lot of research and did not know much about the deliverables in the set. I overcame this by reading the extra material and researching for more information on the internet and asking questions to the lecturer.
I tried my best to keep to the schedule i created however i would sometimes do certain deliverables for some sets at the last minute therefore the quality of work i did suffered. I should also have spent more time in choosing my deliverables for each set. I think i achieved some of what i said in the baseline statement, some of my work was very good others were satisfactory. I did keep the presentation of the blog neat and tried my best to use the correct grammar in my postings. I also researched each deliverable as best as i could to help my postings be coherent and well thought-out and also to argue my points clearly.
By doing this project i learnt what goes in to managing a project. I learnt to plan my work effectively and found out about the various tools, techniques, procedures and requirements of project management. I gained knowledge in the field of risk management planning and quality management planning. Furthermore i learnt how to critically evaluate my own work and learnt how to reflect upon my shortcomings. Recommendations for the future would be to keep to the project schedule and to not complete any deliverables at the last minute, also to research deliverables further.