To evaluate strategic project management tools and initiatives in practice.

To evaluate strategic project management tools and initiatives in practice.

Order Description

it should typed and in management report format.The report should
indicate on the first page the number of words used.Do not overuse bullet points as you are required to evaluate for the
purpose of this report. However,as a report, consider the length and structure of your submission.The skill of conveying
information, in a manner that is succinct,yet informed,is a consideration of this assessment.
To evaluate strategic project management tools and initiatives in practice.
Your report should evaluate the following:
1. Is project management used in a strategic context if so how? If not why not?
2. Does excellence in project management result in competitive advantage?
3. The importance of project management in a strategic context and discuss the importance of
leadership in project management.
4. The effectiveness of strategic project management tools you should include PMO, portfolio
management and maturity models. Do these tools give organisations a sustainable strategic
advantage, illustrate your answer with appropriate examples.
5. The need to effective governance when dealing with International projects. What are the
challenges for governance structures spanning different working cultures and how can
organisations overcome these.

Assignment Structure;

ONE Report
You are required to submit ONE Report, so you need ONE title page, ONE executive summary, ONE table of contents, ONE list of tables and figures. The report should contain an introduction, the main body, conclusions, recommendations (where applicable), a list of references, bibliography (where applicable) and appendices. Each of these areas will be discussed in turn.

ONE Executive Summary
The executive summary can only be produced after the report is complete. An executive summary is an abbreviated version of your report. For this assignment it should be 0.5 to 1 page long maximum. An executive summary briefly covers the purpose of your report, why it was done, what was done, how it was done, and key findings. The emphasis of the executive summary should be on the key findings of your report. Don’t include information that is not mentioned in the report itself and don’t reference here. The executive summary sits before the table of contents. Once you have written your executive summary it is useful to reflect on whether a) it does clearly and succinctly identify the key findings of the report and b) whether these key issues are suitably detailed in the body of your report.

ONE Contents Page
The contents page should show the page numbers of the main headings and subheadings used in the report. It is also essential to number the headings and subheadings. If your report includes appendices, their titles should be listed but no page numbers given. The contents page should not include any reference to the title page or the executive summary, since these precede the contents page.

One List of Tables and Figures
Use a separate page from the contents page to list the titles of any tables/figures used and their page numbers.

Numbering
You should use decimals to number the headings and subheadings e.g. if your main theme is 3.0, and there are four main sub-themes, these would be numbered 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4. If there were two themes for 3.2, these would be numbered 3.2.1 and 3.2.2. Try to limit decimal places to four because beyond this it can get too complicated for the reader to follow. If you have a list of five reasons for the point 3.2.2. these can be indicated as i) ii) iii) iv) v) or in this case you can use bullet points but if the text is more than just a list it is preferable to use the decimal numbering to another level.

Introduction
Your first paragraph should always be the introduction (numbered “1.0 Introduction”, in a report). This section introduces your work by telling the reader why it was required, what you set out to do (includes aim and objectives) and how the findings have been achieved. You can divide the introduction into three subsections: background, objectives and methods or take a thematic approach. Whatever you should always contextualise (set the scene) in this section – you need to use references but don’t just use references in the introduction but rather use throughout. You can use the references identified in the activities for both parts of the report.

Main Body of Report

You need to go through the criteria one by one and make sure you have answered the questions identified.

Conclusion
Throughout the main body of your work you should be aiming to develop arguments based on evidence which build up to your conclusions. One way to check this is to see if you can summarise each section in these terms. If you are not able to do so, it may be that you have included evidence that does not contribute to your argument or it may be that part of your argument is not substantiated by the evidence. The conclusion should not cover anything that has not been covered in the Report.

Recommendations
The assignment asks for recommendations. Use a separate paragraph for each recommendation. Try to avoid weak suggestions such as “line managers should communicate more….” Keep your recommendations specific and practical to implement. Your recommendations should be clearly prioritised and the priorities justified. For example, the recommendations may be presented under headings of ‘immediate’ or ‘long term’, ‘strategic’ or ‘operational’. Ensure that all recommendations are included here, even if you have referred to them earlier in the body of the work. Also, no recommendation may be made that has not already been fully substantiated in the main body. Again no new ideas or material should appear at this point.

References and bibliography
Include a list of references (sources which are actually cited in the report or essay itself) and a bibliography (sources which you consulted but which are not mentioned in the report or essay itself). Detailed guidance is provided in another of the guides in this series.

Appendices
Appendices are used to include supporting evidence for those who may wish more detail, such as a copy of a questionnaire, an interview schedule, detailed statistical tabulations, etc. Appendices can also be very effective if they present published data, such as a table from a case study, in a new light, or generate new data based on published information. It is also good practice to offer an interpretation of data provided in the appendices rather than leaving the reader to reach their own conclusions. Always refer to material in your appendices at an appropriate point in the main body of your report. Do not include material as an appendix if it has not been mentioned in the main body of the report and avoid using appendices as a way of getting around the word limit. If the material is essential to your argument it should be included in the main body of your report. Appendices should be used for tactical reasons not as ‘bins’ for material that looks good but is largely irrelevant.

Plagiarism
Read the section on plagiarism at the beginning of the assignment – do not plagiarise.

Don’ts
1. Don’t use personal tense e.g. I think, we did but third party It was assumed therefore
2. Don’t use author’s initials when citing in the report but simply Smith (1994) or at end of sentence (Smith 1994; Brown 1992; Briggs 1990. (The full stop does not go at end of sentence but after the references at the end of a sentence).
3. Don’t make a list of statements of a couple of lines and them leave a space and on to the statement – use paragraphs. Try pulling the statements together into a paragraph.
4. Don’t use too many sub headings i.e. producing a sub heading for every new idea that comes into your head. You do need subheadings but pull all relevant issues into one sub heading.
5. Don’t take a catch all approach – prioritise so key recommendations, key risks etc
6. Don’t use references in the Executive Summary.
7. Don’t use table after table and remember you need narrative between tables – you are analysing.
8. Don’t forget to label and number any figures and tables and source the reference where appropriate or use (Author) if it is your own. You should cross reference tables and figures in the text – good way to do is just to put (Table 1) at end of relevant text. This is illustrated (Table 1) or a risk assessment was thus undertaken (Table 2).
9. Don’t put anything new in conclusion or recommendations.
10. Don’t list or use bullet points use narrative.

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