Case 4-1 State Parks (A)

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Case4-1: State Parks (A)

Case4-1: State Parks (A)

ProjectDescription

Thecurrent project will be executed in four major phases, and each phasewill have some sub-tasks. The project will take 310hrs, running from7thtto 28thFebruary, 2015. Some tasks will overlap and run concurrently to savetime and resources.

  1. Current System Description

Thiswill take 79hrs, and will involve five major subtasks. These willtake into account the current system problems, current systemdescription, technology assessment, categorization of parks byrevenue, and setting the system improvement goals at 14hrs, 17hrs,20hrs, 20hrs, and 8hrs respectively.

  1. Requirement Analysis

Thisphase will take 77 hours. The major subtasks in this phase will beproposing the system objectives, managing information needs, definingthe audit requirements, technology requirements and evaluating thedatabase requirements. The hours taken will be 6hr, 6hrs, 15hrs,18hrs, 20hrs and 12hrs respectively.

  1. Vendor Analysis

Thisphase will take 84 hours and will involve 7major subtasks. These arevendor screening criteria vendor criteria weighting, search forsuitable vendors, develop the prototype model, develop and send RFI,Evaluate vendor responses, and interview three best vendors. Each ofthese tasks will take 12hrs.

  1. Cost-Benefit Analysis

Thiswill be the final phase in this project development process and willtake 70 hours. The major subtasks that will be carried our duringthis phase are determination of benefits and cost savings,determination of the system alternatives, development of spreadsheetmodels, performance of cost-benefit analysis and preparation of thefinal report, each and each will take 14hrs.

TheGantt chart below illustrates the project execution tasks andtimelines.

Comparisonwith SDLC

Inthe current project, four main phases are involved. These are currentsystem description, analysis of requirements, cost-benefit analysisand analysis of vendor, with some phases like description of thecurrent system and analysis of requirements occurring concurrently atsome stages. Onthe other hand, SDLC involves six major stages. These are preliminaryinvestigation, definition of requirements, system design, systemdevelopment, system installation and system monitoring andevaluation. Despite each stage in SDLC involving a set of uniqueactivities, looping across the six stages can take place since theactivities can easily span in more than one phase. Nevertheless,management activities are similar in all the phases(Mir &amp Ashly, 2014).

Whencomparing the organization of phases in the current project to thosein SDLC, certain differences can be seen. For instance, while thecurrent phases are based on process and predictability, SDLC focusseson response time and adaptability to the changing requirements. InSDLC, it is easier to make modifications for the stages that arecomplete, contrary to the current organizational phases in thisproject where recursiveness is a major challenge. Making anymodifications might not be possible in the current organizationphases. Any effort to make changes may imply re-planning the wholeproject.

Thesedifferences can be attributed to the variation in platforms on whichthe two project development processes are involved. First, it isimperative to note that SDLC was developed on IT platform, and thestages outline the software development process(Pandey &amp Mona, 2013).In the current case, the project is different from softwaredevelopment process, hence the perceived differences. However,despite the differences between SDLC and current project developmentphases, it is clear that there is more to any project developmentprocess than just the theoretical stages outlined in textbooks. Theproject stages can be easily customized in order to fit the projectrequirements(Cooke, Karen, &amp Helen, 2011).

References

Cooke,H., Karen, T., &amp Helen, C. (2011). ProjectManagement.New York: McGraw-Hill.

Mir,F., &amp Ashly, H. (2014). Exploring the Value of ProjectManagement: Linking Project Management Performance and ProjectSuccess. InternationalJournal of Project Management 32(2),202-17.

Pandey,S., &amp Mona, B. (2013). Formal Methods in Requirements Phase ofSDLC. InternationalJournal of Computer Applications 70(13),7-14.

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