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LO1 Explain the key stages of the project lifecycle that should be considered when project managing.

BTEC PEARSON HND Level 4

Managing a Successful Business Project

Assignment Brief

Unit Code / Level / Credit Value

D/618/5039

Unit Number and Title

Unit 2: Managing a Successful Business Project

Academic Year

June 2022 – Aug 2022

Module Leader

 

Module Leader Email

 

Unit Tutor

 

Assignment Title

Workplace Transformation

Issue Date

27 June 2022

Submission Date

Formative Submission:

Summative Submission:

Student Declaration

This is to confirm that this submission is my own work, produced without any external help except acceptable support from my lecturer. It has not been copied from any other person’s work (published or unpublished), and has not previously been submitted for assessment either at GBS or elsewhere. I confirm that I have read and understood the ‘GBS Academic Good Practice and Academic Misconduct: Policy and Procedure’ available on Moodle.

 

I confirm I have read and understood the above Student Declaration.

Student Name (print)

 

Signature

Date

 

TASK 1: Business Project Report

The submission is in the form of a portfolio which includes the following components:

1. Project report with Project management plan including a work breakdown structure and a Gantt chart

2. A completed project Logbook

3. A Complete performance review

Learning Outcomes covered

LO1 Explain the key stages of the project lifecycle that should be considered when project managing.

LO2 Produce a Project Management Plan (PMP) for a business project using primary and secondary research methods.

LO3 Implement the Project Management Plan (PMP) to communicate results from the research and make conclusions from the evidence of findings.

LO4 Reflect on value gained from implementing the project and the project management process

Transferable skills and competencies developed

  • Effective written communication.
  • The ability to analyse and evaluate a range of business data and sources of information.
  • Using research for evidence-based decision making.
  • Digital literacy.
  • Interpretation of information that allows for evaluation of theory to practice.

 Assignment activity and guidance

Scenario and Activity

Introduction to the project:

The Pearson-set theme for use with Level 4 Unit 6: Managing a Successful Business Project is transformation of the workplace and the topic allocated for this project is: What are the key drivers influencing digital workplace transformation?

Workplace transformation is the rethinking of flexible workspaces to accommodate different kinds of work, workers, and technology. Driven by new technologies and increasing globalisation the workplace has been evolving rapidly to support these constant changes. The changes in technology, roles and competencies have provided countless opportunities for enhancement and change within organisations and as the world or work changes so does the workplace.

Deloitte in their report entitled ` Workplace transformation in the digital age` identified four dimensions of the workplace ecosystem that needed to be considered in any workplace transformation strategy:

● space, relating to the design of office buildings and space.

● place, relating to how the workforce is spread across different locations;

● technology and the requirements needed for employees to carry out their roles and collaborate.

● talent relating to organisational structure and culture.

In the wake of the recent global pandemic all these dimensions of the workplace ecosystem are having to be reimagined. Many organisations already have had to refocus their workforce plan to ensure a fully remote workforce has the capabilities and technologies available to continue employee connectivity, engagement and productivity. Navigating this new way of work is crucial to support business operations and far-reaching implications for the future.

You are employed as a research assistant within the professional development team of an organisation [an organisation of your choice – your own place of work if appropriate]. You have been asked to conduct a small-scale project, in the form of an investigative case study, into the Workplace Transformation within the organisation which is to be presented as a business case for management. The project will involve investigating on the key drivers influencing digital workplace transformation.

This will be presented to your management as a business case report, followed by a performance review in which you will need to reflect upon the project in relation to your own personal and professional development through this project.

You must address the following tasks to successfully complete this project:

Section 1 – Project planning

1. Set your project aims/ objectives in line with the research theme and the topic allocated.

2. Devise a project management plan to map out how you intend to meet the project objectives that covers aspects of cost, scope, time, quality, communication, risk and resources.

3. Chart out activities and tasks as required in your project to make the project a success? Note the milestones, major events or phases in your project.

4. Create a work break down structure and a Gantt chart to track the activities to be undertaken.

Section 2 – Conduct Quantitative/Qualitative research

1. Use appropriate research methodologies to collect data for the organisation currently using to support talent management and what they feel could be done better to improve current practices.

2. Conduct secondary research of other organisations to see what type of talent management initiatives they are following.

3. Research the value and benefits of addressing talent management in terms of improving business performance

4. Focus on areas of good practice to build and support your research theme.

Section 3 – Present Findings

1. Collate your research and critically analyse your findings.

2. Produce and present the project including an evaluation of tools used to gather research and data to justify your recommendations for the best talent management practices.

3. Make a valid and meaningful conclusion that attempts to address the objectives of the research.

Section 4 – Reflective Practice

1. Evaluate the project life cycle and the different stages undertaken, reflecting upon the research methods applied for completing the business project and how successful they were in achieving the intended outcomes, what were the key factors to consider when compiling your PMP.

2. Complete a performance review form (Template is provided in Appendix 1) to critically reflect upon the project plan, process and outcomes in terms of your own personal and professional development. Think about how well you have performed and achieved your project objectives, what obstacles did you have to overcome? What worked well or not well? What have you learnt from completing this project?

3. Conduct your project according to your stated project plan and meet with your tutor to receive a sign-off at each stage of the project process. A logbook should be maintained to record the development of each stage (A logbook template is provided here in Appendix 2)

 

Recommended Resources

Please note that the resources listed are examples for you to use as a starting point in your research – the list is not definitive.

Textbooks:

BPP Learning Media, Series: Business Essentials. Edition: Fourth edition, July 2015 edition. London: BPP Learning Media. 2015. eBook., Database: eBook Business Collection (EBSCOhost)

COSTLEY, C., ELLIOT, G. and GIBBS, P. (2010) Doing Work Based Research: Approaches to Enquiry for Insider-researchers. London: SAGE.

FLICK, U. (2011) Introducing Research Methodology: A Beginner’s Guide to Doing a Research Project. London: SAGE.

GRAY, D. (2009) Doing Research in the Real World. 2nd Ed. London: SAGE.

SAUNDERS, M., LEWIS, P. and THORNHILL, A. (2012) Research Methods for Business Students. 6th Ed. Harlow: Pearson.

Young, Michael. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2017. eBook., Database: eBook Business Collection (EBSCOhost)

 

Journals

International Journal of Quantitative and Qualitative Research.

Qualitative Research Journal.

 

Websites

https://www.britishchambers.org.uk/ https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/european-council/ https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/companies-house https://hnglobal.highernationals.com/sites/default/files/Pearson-set-Report-2018-2019-final.pdf https://hnglobal.highernationals.com/

 

Submission Instruction: You must submit both tasks into one file on Turnitin via Moodle.

 

Appendix. 1: PERFORMANCE REVIEW REPORT:

 

Student Name:

 

Project Title: 

 

What was the project supposed to accomplish? 

 

Did the project succeed in its aims? How do you know? Specifically, please outline any evaluation and assessment undertaken.

 

What things do you think worked well and why? Evaluate all aspects of the project (e.g. initial inception, project activities and project outcomes) from a range of perspectives. 

 

What problems emerged during the project and how were they tackled? Was there timely identification of issues and resolution during the project process? Explain the key stages of the project lifecycle that should be considered when project managing.

 

What did you learn from undertaking the project? 

 

 How would you rate your performance as Project Manager? 

 

What strengths and weaknesses of your performance did you identify?

 

How could your process improve for the future?

 

Appendix 2: PROJECT LOG-BOOK

 

Student Name:

 

Project Title:

 

Weeks:  

 

 

 

 

Update on weekly research/tasks achieved 

Points to consider: 

 

What have you completed in this period?

Did you complete the work that you had planned?  Are you on track and within deadlines set?

Did you need to make any changes to your project plan?

 

 

 

 

Any risks and/or issues identified? 

Points to consider: 

 

Did you identify risks/issues with a lack of skills required for undertaking research/tasks? 

Did you identify any additional risks/issues that have an impact on the project management plan? 

 

 

 

 

Problems encountered 

Points to consider:

 

What barriers did you face? 

How did you overcome them? 

 

 

 

 

New ideas and change of project direction 

 

Points to Consider:

 

In developing work, addressing risks/issues, has the direction of your work changed?

How does your work justify the change of direction? Is this clear?

Do you feel this change of direction has enhanced your work? How?

 

What have you learned about yourself through your work?

Points to consider:

 

What are the most important things that your work has revealed to you? How might this learning apply in the future?

How did you feel when you had to deal with challenges/problems?

How well do you feel you have you performed?

What can you improve?

 

 

 

 

Next steps for your work

Points to consider:

What aspects of your work should you prioritise?

Have you allowed sufficient time for completion?

Explain the key stages of the project lifecycle that should be considered when project managing.

 

 

 

 

Project plan status to date

Points to consider:

Do you feel you are on track to complete your work on time? If not, how will you address this?

Do you feel your work shows your achievement of the Learning Outcomes? If not, what do you need to do?

 

 

 

 

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