1. Compare and contrast the management characteristics of a projects and critically locate them within the broader management, organisational and practitioner knowledge bases

2. Analyse approaches for effective organising project teams and linking them to stakeholder organisations

4. Assess the frameworks for project justification succes

Assessment Two
Due Date: Friday, 6 May 2016, 10:00 PM
Format: Reporti
Weighting: 30%
Word Maximum: 1,500ii
Learning Objectives: 1, 2 and 4
Scenario Overview
EGCM is a medium sized family owned manufacturing company that wants to increase its
prototyping capability. EGCM is considering two very different projects to achieve this goal.
The first project builds on existing company practices around prototyping. This option is tried
and tested and considered to be a low risk way of increasing EGCM’s prototyping capability.
The project fits well with the company’s ethos, existing team based structure and company
culture. This project would not require a great deal of training for existing staff, and would
require very little change to the existing traditional team-based processes at EGCM. It is very
much a refinement of ‘business as usual’.
The second project is a significant step away from existing practice, whereby EGCM would
use 3D printing to prototype at a high speed and low cost. This project requires a greater
capital input and is considered to be high risk. This is because it moves away from the
company’s traditional practices. The existing employees would require significant training to
use this equipment, and it is also likely to result in the redundancy of experienced staff that
would not fit with the new way of prototyping. However, if successful, it would provide a
significant competitive advantage to EGCM and would be very profitable.
What I expect from you
EGCM has employed you as an external consultant to facilitate their decision making. Your
report needs to outline how this decision could be made using various project management
selection methods. You may also want to discuss the assumptions, advantages and
disadvantages of these selection methods. Your report needs to state what project you would
advise them to choose and why. Once you have carried out your assessment submit your
report to the Director of the company.
Marking Schedule
Structure and Style – 20%
• Correct report structure has been used.
• Correct format (i.e., 1.5 line spacing, Times New Roman, 2.5cm margins, justified
• Readability.
• Correct spelling, punctuation and grammar.
• Clear, legible, professional presentation.
• Ability to use own words succinctly and elegantly.
• Overall impact and persuasiveness.
Content – 60%
• The student has displayed an understanding of project selection techniques in relation
to EGCM.
• A critical analysis of selection techniques has been discussed.
• The student has compared and contrasted the management characteristics of projects
and critically located them within the broader management, organisational and
practitioner knowledge bases (learning outcome 1).
• The student has analysed approaches for organising project teams and linked them to
stakeholder organisations (learning outcome 2).
• The student has assessed the frameworks for project justification and success
(learning outcome 4).
• Dimensions of topic identified and clearly introduced.
• Logical development of arguments.
• Depth of discussion.
• Relevant conclusions.
Research and References – 20%
• Correct referencing of sources.
• Familiarity with related textbook chapters/journal articles/evidence of additional
• At least one text book and five peer reviewed articles have been used.
• Acknowledged sources (APA style) iii.
• Integration of a range of quality resources.
The report can be inductive or deductive. For report writing guidelines please visit
The word limit includes the main body text, tables and in-text citations. It excludes the
reference list. You do not need to attach a cover page with this assignment. You will be
penalised if you exceed the word limit.
For APA guidelines please visit http://owll.massey.ac.nz/referencing/apa-interactive.php