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Assignment No. 03
Semester: Fall 2013

CS615 Software Project Management




Objectives of Assignment:


  • Your Assignment no 3 covers Lec#17 to Lec#25 Complete.
  • You must know the Project management importance and its constraints.



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Question 1:                                                                                                                                           5 Marks

What main tasks are performed to initiate a project, explain them?        

                                                                                                                                                               5 Marks

Question no 2:

The main purpose of project planning is to guide execution and every knowledge area including planning process. List at least 10 tasks performed during the planning process.


Question no 3:                                                                                                                                      5 Marks

Consider the given case study:


XYZ is a store for supplying house construction material and dealing with both wholesale and retail business. It has several branches. The current managing director (MD) of the store wants to expand business activities using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). He presented his idea to the other Directors of the business at one of the recent Board Meetings of the Directors and they agreed to allocate some money to initiate the project. However, some Directors felt that this could be a waste of money, while some thinks that there is a significant benefit to the business.  He appointed a small team to start the project.


An assistant accountant of this store was appointed as the leader of the team and he was given two other members from new recruits. In addition, MD will also help the team in evaluating and finalizing decisions.

The project team was instructed to use ICT in three directions:


  • Give publicity to the business operations
  • Streamline internal management of all branches in order to share all resources
  • Provide supply chain management through an e-business model.


Name the five possible stakeholders of this project?


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The tasks performed for project initiation are mentioned below:


  • Requirement gathering: The first task is to gather the customer requirements. Customer requirements may be spoken or unspoken. Therefore, the challenge for the project manager is to elicit the requirements in such a way that both the spoken and unspoken customer needs and wants are gathered. After collecting the required information, you need to translate the customer requirements into technical specifications for the software project.


  • Scope determination: The scope of a software project can be defined as the combination of the software product arid services to be delivered to the customer. You carry out the scope determination exercise to define the scope of the software project. The scope determination exercise enables you to refine and understand the customer requirements. You can refine the scope definition further by breaking down each deliverable into smaller and more manageable activities. The scope determination exercise also helps you identify the technology for creating the software product.


  • Resource allocation: During project initiation, you identify the resources required and allocate them to the software project. The resources identified may be people, reusable software components, and hardware or software tools. You allocate the resource to the software project on the basis of the activities defined in the scope determination exercise. While allocating appropriate resources for a software project, you also need to calculate the cost of each resource. The cost of a resource is calculated according to the duration of the resource in the software project. Estimating the cost of resources also helps you prepare a budget for the software project.


  • Initial project plan: Another exercise that you carry out during project initiation is the creation of a rough project plan. This plan is a draft version and carries only the primitive project plan features. This project plan carries the initial risk analysis of the software project, the initial start and end dates, the duration of the activities in the project, and the sequencing of these activities.

Q2 . 

1)       Scope Planning — developing a written scope statement as the basis for future project decisions


2)       Scope Definition—subdividing the major project deliverables into smaller, more manageable components


3)       Activity Definition—identifying the specific activities that must be performed to produce the various project deliverables


4)       Activity Sequencing—identifying and documenting interactivity dependencies


5)       Activity Duration Estimating—estimating the number of work periods that will be needed to complete individual activities.


6)       Resource Planning—determining what resources (people, equipment, materials, etc.) and what quantities of each should be used to perform project activities.


7)       Cost Estimating—developing an approximation (estimate) of the costs of the resources required to complete project activities.


8)       Cost Budgeting—allocating the overall cost estimates to individual work packages.


9)       Schedule Development —analyzing activity sequences, activity durations, and resource requirements to create the project schedule.


10)   Quality Planning—identifying which quality standards are relevant to the project and determining how to satisfy them.


11)   Communications Planning—determining the information and communications needs of the stakeholders: who needs what information, when will they need it, and how will it be given to them.


12)   Organizational Planning—identifying, documenting, and assigning project roles, responsibilities, and reporting relationships.


13)   Staff Acquisition—getting the human resources needed assigned to and working on the project.


14)   Procurement Planning—determining what to procure, how much to procure, and when.


15)   Project Plan Development —taking the results of other planning processes and putting them into a consistent, coherent document.

am i right or wrong ??

to phir third question k baghair hi send kar dain?

Q3 ka koi mujhe bta do ab   ??

yes u r roght princes

Every person that has an influence on the project would be a stake holder.

Ab sochen k kis kis ko project se interest he or kon konn profect ko effect kr sakta he? Managers, Accountant and his team, branch managers, customers etc all are the stakeholders.

Key stakeholders (employees, management, board members, sponsors, customers,
clients, etc.) may request copies of various types of plans.

VU LMS site is down at this moment.

Can somebody tel me whether VULMS is really down or just I'm facing this problem?

Same here....

Farooq Bhai site to abi tak down he. Assignment to abi upload karni he. Ab kia krna ho ga?


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