This case study is a fictitious project situation and any resemblance or similarity to actual events, dates, places or names is purely coincidental. It was submitted for publication and is copyright to A. Lathif Masood© originally published 2005, updated 2006.
Published here April 2006.

Introduction | Explanatory Glossary | Friday - December 16, 2005
Monday - December 19, 2005 | Tuesday - December 20, 2005 | Wednesday - December 21, 2005
Friday - December 23, 2005 | Assignments | Sample Charter Template


Marking scheme:
Total 100 points for all four assignments
Contents: 80 points, as shown below. Format and general presentation: 20 points

Assignment #1: Organization

Monday December 19th 2005:

Develop an organization chart and a communication/responsibility chart showing the relationships between the parties. [15 points]

Assignment #2: Current Situation

Tuesday December 20th 2005:

Write a report that includes the following:

  1. A comprehensive list of all problems you have encountered so far in this project. Do not be tempted to over-generalize and list a few generic issues. Be as detailed as possible in identifying the problems. This will help you with other sections in this assignment. [20 points]
  2. A paragraph indicating your next steps. These are not steps taken at fixing the problems: you do not know all the answers yet. These are tasks you will take to discover the answers. [5 point]

Assignment #3: Fact Finding Session

Wednesday December 21st 2005:

Write a report on how you would use your leadership skills to conduct this meeting with Alfred and his team, to gather as much information as you can on what went wrong, what they have in mind. Remember that you cannot appear to be the savior, as you do not know if you can save this project. Nor can you be judgmental. [15 points]

Assignment #4: Project Charter

Wednesday December 21st 2005:

Write a project charter for project "Save Miner".

You do not know yet what can save this project. The purpose of "Save Miner" is to find out what is going wrong with Project Miner. You realize that this is not straightforward. All your leadership skills will be tested when you put together this charter. When developing the charter, you’ll need to consider:

  1. Where are you in the life span of the Miner project? Where are you in the life span of the Save Miner project?
  2. What is the intention of this new project? What are the goals & objectives? How can you manage expectations? How far can you plan? How would you handle the fact that you do have a lot of risks?
  3. How much effort will it cost your company, SNE heavy Equipment? Are these planned costs? How can you reduce this? What methods will you use to narrow down the costs? What are your percentage levels of contingencies?
  4. Can you save the project? How long do you think it will take to save the project? What about the holidays? How can you meet the expectations of both the disgruntled team and the frustrated management?
  5. What are the constraints within which you are operating in Save Miner?
  6. What are the assumptions, and how do these assumptions turn into risks?

[25 points]

Note: Find and include the headings shown in a good charter template.

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