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HAVE A PLAN


My blog rant (introduction)



Projects fail because we don't have plans. Every plan should include a few basic elements, like planning, a timeline, room to work, room to polish the finished product and a deadline for delivery. the best plans have benchmarks along the way, check points when you can evaluate your progress and decide to keep going forward, revise the work or the plan, or take a new direction. That's what you are going to do here.








THE CONCEPT


Design a project plan with a timeline and benchmark and a deadline for final product delivery.

THE ASSIGNMENT


STEP ONE:
WHAT IS A PROJECT PLAN
PART ONE:
READ and reviewing the resources below.

Project plan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A project plan, according to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, is: "...a formal, approved document used to guide both project execution and project control. The primary uses of the project plan are to document planning assumptions and decisions, facilitate communication among stakeholders, and document approved scope, cost, and schedule baselines. A project plan may be summarized or detailed."[1[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_plan#cite_note-0|]]]
"...a statement of how and when a project's objectives are to be achieved, by showing the major products, milestones, activities and resources required on the project."
The project manager creates the project management plan following input from the project team and key stakeholders. The plan should be agreed and approved by at least the project team and its key stakeholders.

RESOURCES:

EXAMPLES OF A PROJECT PLAN (go to page 3 or 4 to see the spread sheet of timelines which you will imitate in STEP 3 of this assignment.)





How to create a clear project plan

Project management, tools, process, plans and project planning tips


PART TWO:

Write a new Blog Post titled "BVR 200, Step One" and discuss what is included in a GREAT project plan. Specifically use examples from the resources as evidence.


STEP TWO:
WRITE THE PLAN
PART ONE:
While There's software to make a project plan, much of it is expensive and a complicated. Your plan needs to be easy to follow and in a format that you can change. You can make your plan in a few ways:
  1. In a Pages doc on iPad
  2. In a Number doc on iPad
  3. using a mind map like iThoughts on iPad

The project document must include the following parts:
  • Title
  • Description
  • Elements or Steps to Project
  • Benchmarks (deadlines) A MINIMUM OF 3 BENCHMARKS
  • Final Deadline
  • Presentation Date

Write a brief summary of each benchmark

Basic Benchmarks:

Project PLAN due
Evidence of Benchmark 1 due
Evidence of Benchmark 2 due
Evidence of Benchmark 3 due
(YOU CAN HAVE MORE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT BENCHMARKS IF YOU LIKE)
Evidence of completed Project Development due
Final Deadline/Product Delivery due
Class presentation scheduled for

EXAMPLES OF STUDENT PROJECT PLANS







PART TWO:
  1. PRINT the DOCUMENT
  2. SHARE the DOCUMENT with ME and any other member of your team (if necessary)

STEP THREE:
CREATE A CHECKLIST, GRAPH IT
PART ONE:
Every Project should have a checklist. The list should include what needs to be done. Who is assigned (if a group project). When the due dates are. Maybe other things as necessary.
DUE DATES
  • Due dates or deadlines are tough to follow. But they are an essential part of progress monitoring
WHAT WILL BE DONE
  • Be able to explain what needs to be done in a brief, 1-2 sentence summary.
HOW I KNOW IT IS DONE
  • What is the evidence? What is the artifact that you made. Where are the examples? Where will these be located?
Is there a measure of completeness (like a grade or a checklist).
CHECK IT OFF
  • Be able to mark it as complete or not, or give it a percentage.


PART TWO:
On the project wiki, add a section or page for the TIMELINE. Add the timeline as a TABLE. Be sure to create a column for: Due Dates; Who is Responsible, Benchmark Descriptions, Evidence of Completion; Checked if Done:

Here is an example:

DUE DATES

WHAT I WILL DO

HOW I WILL PROVE IT

CHECKED







DEC. 7

Learn the technology

Produce a Wiki Page explaining what I've learned

yes (link on page)








STEP FOUR:
REFLECT

Your blog should include:
  1. 250+ words about what you have learned about the project planning.
  2. What do you plan to do? What are your hopes? What are your fears? What is it going to take to be successful?
  3. What kind of technology is involved?

CONSIDER THESE ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS IN YOUR RESPONSE:

EL 3 Students will utilize digital applications to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
1. Describe and apply common software features (e.g., spelling and grammar checkers, dictionary, thesaurus, editing options) to maximize accuracy in development of word processing documents; sorting, formulas and chart generation in spreadsheets; and insertion of pictures, movies, sound, and charts in presentation software to enhance communication to an audience, promote productivity, and support creativity.
2. Use online environments or other collaborative tools to facilitate design and development of materials, models, publications, and presentations
3. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes
4. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
EL 6 Demonstrate competence in the use of technology in problem-solving and decision-making.
1. Identify two or more types of information and communication technology tools or resources that can be used for informing and solving a specific problem and presenting results, or for identifying and presenting an informed rationale for a decision
2. Students describe the information and communication technology tools they might use to compare information from different sources, analyze findings, determine the need for additional information, and draw conclusions for addressing real-world problems






STEP THREE: