Project Management Life Cycle


In the week 1, we learn about the Project Management Life Cycle,and the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
Every project has a life and goes through different phases—Feasibility, Initiation and Approval Phase, Planning Phase, Execute and control Phase, Transition and Monitoring Phase, and Closing Phase.
System Development Life Cycle (SDLC), include Business Requirements, System Design, Development & Unit Testing, User Acceptance Testing, and Implementation.
In each phase, there must be some documentation written and approve by stakeholders. It is ultimately up to the project manager and stakeholders as to which documents are truly necessary. Having all the documents does not guarantee a successful project; but having them help with its success and reduces the confusion. For more information see the Project Documents Glossary.xlsx Click for more options
Project Management Life Cycle and System Development Life Cycle
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The goal in this class is you design an IT-related project and deliver the final design of your project on Week 8. We design each portion of your project each week, starting in Week 1.
Complete the following for your Week 1 Assignment:
Decide on an IT-related project that you like to work on as your final Portfolio Project.
Research and find a template for your project proposal.
Use APA formatting for citations and references.
Criteria:  Complete your project proposal for your project with title page, project name, table of content, references, and detail information about each component listed in your table of content. Please make sure your table of content includes all the related items for a project proposal.
Points Possible: 50
Due: Sunday at 11:59 p.m., Central Time of Week 1 (following your Saturday & Sunday Class sessions)
Assignment
Week 2 Assignment
Complete the following for your Week 2 Assignment:
Research and find a template for documenting your System Requirements Document (SRD).
Prepare a business requirements document (in MS Word), based on your selected project. Include priority “ranking” (Hi, MED, LO) for each requirement.
Include statements of requirements related to business need.
Criteria: Minimum of 3 requirements, but you can include up to 10.
Use APA formatting for citations and references.
Points Possible: 50
Due: Sunday at 11:59 PM, CT
Assignment
Week 3 Assignment
Your Week 3 Assignment has two required parts: (1) to make a context diagram, and (2) to create and complete the System Design Specification document for your project.
Part 1 (25 points possible):
Use a tool to make a context diagram, there are tools such as Lucidchart and others in the market for making a diagram.
Develop a Context Diagram for the case system using Lucidchart or another to create the context diagram.
Criteria: Full credit for use of the appropriate shapes, with appropriatelabelingon the shapes and the lines.
Take a screenshot of your diagram, and paste it into a Word document.
Part 2 (25 points possible):
Create your project’s System Design Specification document. You may conduct research to find a template, or use a blank Word document.
Criteria:  Complete the System Design Specification document for your project.
Include title page, project name, table of content, references, and detail information about each component listed in your table of content.
Include the Context Diagram form Part 1 at the end of your System Design Specification document
Total Points Possible: 50
Due: Sunday at 11:59 PM, CT
Assignment
Week 4 Assignment
Create an alternative decision matrix for the case system. Using Excel or Word, develop a decision matrix to be used to evaluate three proposed design alternatives (alternatives A, B, and C). The idea is to create a worksheet that can be applied to any set of alternatives.
Criteria: Decision matrix has columns for criteria weights and points available, and columns that represent three proposals. Within each proposal include columns for points assigned and the product of points assigned times criteria weight. The bottom row of the matrix contains column totals.
Points Possible: 50
Due: Sunday at 11:59 PM, CT
Assignment
Week 5 Assignment
Use wufoo to develop an input form using some of the key fields from your project. Copy (or take a screenshot of) the design and paste it into Word document with a title page. Provide the resulting URL, as well.
Criteria: Design incorporates good choice of colors, text, font, arrangement, and evidence of possible navigation (as in a “submit” button).
Points Possible: 50
Due: Sunday at 11:59 PM, CT
Discussion Board
Week 6 Discussion
Discussion Board
Week 7 Discussion
Assignment
Week 8 Assignment
For your Week 8 Assignment, compile all prior weeks’ assignments into a single document. Be sure to make corrections and improve your work based off of my feedback in this final assignment. Then, add the following:
Provide information on how your project could improve the current business system.
State how to transition this project that you are proposing.
Criteria: Your document should address the above items, and may include other items of transition. Use APA formatting for citations and references.
Use APA formatting for citations and references.
Points Possible: 100
Due: Prior to class on Friday of Week 8
Assignment
Week 8: Presentation
The goal of your final project presentation is to a) explain your final project and your findings, and b) to persuade the board (your classmates) to adopt your project. The presentation assignment consists of the following two parts that must be completed by the end of session E:
record a presentation of your final project; and
pitch your final project to the class.
Step 1: Record a presentation of your final project
Create a narrated presentation of your final project that is 8-10 minutes in length. Cover the details of your project, how your project improves the current business system, and how to transition to your project. Select a presentation software of your choice to create your narrated presentation. You must have audio and a visual aid in your presentation. I have attached some options that you may choose from, or you may use software that you are familiar with. Please save video files to YouTube, Dropbox, Google Drive, or another cloud storage space that allows you to share a link to your presentation with me.
Step 2: Pitch your final project to the class
You were able to secure a five minute meeting to pitch your project to an important executive board at your organization. Prepare you pitch presentation of your project for Session E of class, where your classmates will act as the executive board. Your presentation must be five minutes or less and cannot use slides. Your presentation should highlight how your project could improve the current business system and persuade your audience to adopt your project.
To receive full credit for your presentation, you must present in class and submit your required narrated presentation files.
Points possible: 50