Topics: Case study, Organizational structure, Project management Pages: 6 (2133 words) Published: May 5, 2011
Model answers To Case study Questions In Project management.

Note: These Q are used to test the over all understanding of the project management. Thus, there are variations in the Q’s asked. Also, the case study asked, needs to be analyzed to understand the exact project. The answer needs to be # According to your personal understanding of the project with you being in the project management’s shoes & # According to the syllabus (Notes which u all refer). Also, there is no need at all to keep on writing history about the project / case study asked. The examiner checking the paper expects the student to write less (Not less enough to get fewer marks) but precisely to the point. “A simple definition & relate it with the current project” is enough. I guess, that’s all u need to know abt these type of Q’s. Still, any further queries, mail me. (My contact details in the end of this doc.) Q paper 1

May 2005
Q. Tsunami hits the costal line of India, thousands of people suffered. Government decided to have technology with them using which they can detect the possibility of such natural disaster in advance. Considering this as the project: (i) Define the scope of the project (ii) What are the chances of failure of project? Why? (iii) Conduct a feasibility study. (iv) On what factors do the above project depends? (v) Which organization structure will be suitable for project? Why? [Note: Usually these are the only 5 types of Q’s asked till now. The way of asking is different, but the Q’s remains the same] Ans: In clear terms, the project here is to develop a new technology with which we can detect the possibilities & probability of the occurrences of the natural disasters before they occur so as to save lives of many people. (i) Scope of the project: The scope of the project is defined as the sum total of the projects products & their requirements or features. Thus according to this definition of ours, the scope of the current project is: # Finding is a similar technology (Less advanced & useful) available so that it’s easy to modify the same to create a new & better one. # Decide whether the new technology should be feasible enough as to accommodate almost all types of disasters (Like tsunami, earthquakes, cyclones, etc) # Finding the availability of the technical & other staff so that the project is not delayed. # Whether this is to be a portable hardware machine (as a technology), one for each type of disaster OR a heavy one, dealing with (almost) all types of disasters. # In case this technology fails at any point of time, what are the backups. (ii) Chances of failure of project: [Note: Whenever you give the answer to this Q, always say that the chances are less stating at least 1 genuine reason. Else, what’s the use of having time wasted on making a project which will fail? Lolzzz] The failure of this type of project is not too high as it’s a project made for a worthy cause & there will be full support from the government. However, each project has some probability to fail, which even this one is bound to. There are some factors upon which this project will fail, they are: # Project scope is not defined clearly: As the scope of the project is vital to know what exactly the project holds, ignoring it will result in the failure of the project. # Insufficient support from senior management: Lack of willingness of the top management to provide the necessary resources & authority for the project implementation. # Appointing the wrong project manager: The project manager is the person which has the most responsibilities. He / she should be able to address all problems & find a quick & reliable solution to the same. For this, he /she should be technically as well as administratively knowledgeable. He / she should be very well aware of the scope & the limitations of the new technology. Lacking in any of the above mentioned qualities of the manager may result in the failure of the project. As the project manager is the top head...
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