Note: Complete the assessments in this course in the order in which they are presented. Be sure you have completed Assessments 1 and 2 before beginning this assessment.
As the project manager, you are also a leader. Your team must respect not only your project management expertise but also your leadership characteristics.
In this assessment, you will develop your project schedule. You will identify the project tasks, milestones, dependencies, critical path, and timelines needed to meet the project objectives and deliver the final deliverable or product on time.
In the previous two assessments, you defined the scope and WBS of your project. The more carefully you specify what is and what is not in scope, the fewer problems you will experience during the life of the project.
The following resources are required to complete the assessment.
Project Management Plan Template [DOCX].
Microsoft Project is required for completing this assessment. Microsoft Visio is optional.
If you have a Capella MS Imagine account, go to Step 2. Otherwise, see the instructions for registering an account at Microsoft Imagine Software Store.
Log into Capella’s Microsoft Imagine Webstore.
Identify the versions of MS Visio and MS Project that are compatible with your operating system.
Download and install.
If you encounter any difficulties in the download and installation process, post a detailed question in the Ask Your Faculty Discussion in the menu dropdown when you click the image of your faculty.
As you prepare to complete this assessment, you may want to think about other related issues to deepen your understanding or broaden your viewpoint. You are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of your professional community. Note that these questions are for your own development and exploration and do not need to be completed or submitted as part of your assessment.
What knowledge and skills are needed on the project? Why?
What is the availability of people, equipment, and materials within the organization?
What resources might the organization need to acquire?
Does it make sense to outsource certain tasks?
Are alternative resources available?
Note: Complete the assessments in this course in the order in which they are presented.
Complete the following to develop your project schedule and analysis:
Identify activities that must be performed to produce the project deliverables using the WBS from Assessment 2.
Enter your identified tasks into Microsoft Project.
Estimate the task durations and enter the durations and dependencies into Microsoft Project.
Review the Gantt Chart in Microsoft Project and adjust as needed.
Use the MS Project function to perform a critical path analysis of the project schedule.
Use the MS Project function to establish a baseline path.
Update the Project Schedule Plan / Critical Path Analysis – MS Project Schedule section of the Project Management Plan Template.
Develop a summary evaluation of the critical path analysis and include it in the Project Schedule Plan / Critical Path Analysis – Critical Path Analysis Summary section of the Project Management Plan Template.
Note: Microsoft Project is provided free of charge for your use in this assessment. See the instructions in the Resources.