I first developed this case study in 1993
for a local construction project management course. The incidents described are
typical of the types of things that happen in real-life projects and I have seen
most of them. Hopefully, they do not all happen on the same project, but the
reality is that if project sponsors do not start out with an understanding of
project management and its processes, the probability of such things happening
are surprisingly high.
I have set out the story of the project according
to its natural evolution. The commercial environment described was very typical
of that existing here at that time. The problems are not difficult to spot, but
can you see why they happened?
The case study is followed by a set of questions
organized by project management knowledge area. You may use the case study and
questions as you wish, subject to the copyright limitations.