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Prepare a management plan for an e-learning development project.

Introduction
Effective project management starts with a strong project management plan. A project management plan can take many forms, ranging from a brief outline to a formal proposal. There are certain components found in virtually every plan, e.g., the scope, deliverables and activities. Although a sound plan does not guarantee an effective project, a weak plan will almost always lead to disaster. Time and resources spent on the careful planning are well worth whatever you can invest. 

Task
1. Your task is to develop a management plan for an actual project. Links to templates, guidelines, and other resources related to preparing a project management plan can be found on the Tools page of the EDIT 7550 web site. 

2. Your draft plan will be reviewed by Professor Reeves, your mentor, and several peers. Your draft plan must be posted on the Web via a link from the Participants page so that others in the class can review and rate it using the "Project Plan Checklist" which is included in the Tools page of this web site. Here is a sample plan created by previous students in this course: Project plan for ROS E-Book.

This task is worth 25 points.

Your draft project management plan is due February 10.

Your final project management plan is due February 24.

The following rubric will be used in assessing your final project management plan:
 
Value Criterion Low Medium High
Weight: 20%
Lo= 0 - 1
Medium= 2-3
High= 4-5
Contains all necessary components of a strong project management plan.
  • Some components are missing.
  • Many components are not described in sufficient detail.
  • All components are present.
  • Some components are not described in sufficient detail.
  • All components are present.
  • All components are described in sufficient detail.
  • Weight: 20%
    Lo= 0 - 1
    Medium= 2-3
    High= 4-5
    The project management plan is reasonable and practical.
  • Many aspects of the plan are unreasonable given the nature of the project resources and timeline.
  • Many aspects of the plan are impractical within the context of the project.
  • A few aspects of the plan are unreasonable given the nature of the project resources and timeline.
  • A few aspects of the plan are impractical within the context of the project.
  • Aspects of the plan are reasonable given the nature of the project resources and timeline.
  • Aspects of the plan are practical within the context of the project.
  • Weight: 20%
    Lo= 0 - 1
    Medium= 2-3
    High= 4-5
    The project management plan provides evidence of deep involvement with the planning process.
  • Preparing the plan appears to have been done in a hurry.
  • Preparing the plan appears to have been done without any imagination.
  • Preparing the plan appears to have involved a barely adequate effort.
  • Preparing the plan appears to have followed a formula or model without much creativity.
  • Preparing the plan appears to have involved considerable effort.
  • Preparing the plan appears to have involved creativity and imagination.
  • Weight: 20%
    Lo= 0 - 1
    Medium= 2-3
    High= 4-5
    The project management plan is well written.
  • The meaning and intent of the plan are unclear and muddled.
  • This plan is very difficult to read.
  • The meaning and intent of the plan are clear for the most part.
  • This plan has been written in awkward style.
  • The meaning and intent of the plan are clear without exception.
  • This plan has been written in easy-to-read style.
  • Weight: 20%
    Lo= 0 - 1
    Medium= 2-3
    High= 4-5
    The project management plan is attractively presented and free of spelling and grammatical errors.
  • The layout and design of the plan are poor.
  • The plan has many spelling and grammatical errors.
  • The layout and design of the plan are adequate.
  • The plan has several spelling and/or grammatical errors.
  • The layout and design of the plan are attractive, even compelling.
  • The plan is virtually free of spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Be sure to proofread your plan!
    You may resubmit your plan by March 24  if your initial score is less than you desire.