CIS 554 Week 7 Assignment 3 Planning a Software Development Project (MPP Format)

CIS 554 Week 7 Assignment 3 Planning a Software Development Project (MPP Format)

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Assignment  3: Planning a Software Development Project

Due Week 7 and worth 90 points

This assignment consists of two (2) sections: a written project plan, and a project plan that is created

through the use of MS Project. You must submit both sections as separate files for the completion

of this assignment. Label each file name according to the section of the assignment it is written for.

Imagine that you have been hired as a project manager assisting in the development of a mobile

application and cloud-based solution which is designed to streamline your organization’s delivery

operation. As project manager, you are to manage the development and release of the mobile client

platform in the cloud-based infrastructure that will use GPS tracking to track the shipment and delivery of

goods in trucks across the United States.

The mobile client will have three (3) modules consisting of a search customer screen, search address

screen, and confirm delivery screen. Programmers have reviewed the requirements and estimate that

each module will take 200 hours to complete by one (1) programmer.

In addition to delivering the mobile-based application, your project will require upgrading the internal

network and application infrastructure to a cloud-based model to support the new mobile platform. This

effort will require your team to procure network appliances to optimize the security factors of the cloudbased platform.

One last component of the project scope is to provide training to operation support staff and fifty (50)

truck drivers staffed across four (4) regions of the U.S. Your project team consists of two (2)

programmers, a technical writer, four (4) technical trainers, two (2) network engineers, and one (1) system


Section 1: Written Project Plan

1.  Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:

a.  Determine the factors that must be considered and observed throughout the WBS

development process and explain why.

b.  Create a WBS for the scope of the project. Note: The WBS must be in indented format

as shown in Figure 5.5B in Chapter 5 of the text.

c.  Analyze the various activities required for this project and provide an estimate of duration

for each activity based on the number of resources available for the project. Include

assumptions and basis for each estimate.

d.  Recommend the estimation technique that should be used for each activity (i.e., PERT,

Delphi, Analogy, Expert Judgment, or Rule of Thumb).

e.  Determine the major milestones that the project will encounter.

f.  Describe the logical sequence of planned activities required to achieve the project and

analyze how monitoring durations on the critical path influence the success of the project.

Section 1 of your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all

sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your

professor for any additional instructions.

  Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s

name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in

the required assignment page length.

Section 2: Project Plan

2.  Use Microsoft Project to:

a.  Document all resources that would be required for this project within the Resource Sheet

form within the software.

b.  List all the activities required for the project. Break down the activities by the major


c.  Enter the estimate of required durations, dependencies, and assign resources for each


d.  Generate a Gantt chart that shows all of the project deliverables, from beginning to end.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  Explain the planning process for software projects.

  Develop a software project plan based on IEEE 1058 to solve a business problem.

  Compare the planning techniques in software projects.

  Explain and prepare project estimation plans.

  Use technology and information resources to research issues in IT Project Leadership Strategies.

  Write clearly and concisely about topics related to IT Project Leadership Strategies using proper

writing mechanics and technical style conventions

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