Learning outcomes assessed:
? Evaluate current issues in project management and its application in the business environment.
? Assess the impact of people skills on the management of a variety of different projects.
You have been asked to write a report on the UK Government?s new welfare system project, which has recently drawn negative publicity from the press. In a news article on the APM website in September 2013, Universal Credit suffered from ‘poor project management’, the newly appointed Department for Work and Pensions lead, Howard Shiplee, claims that the government’s flagship welfare reform has suffered from ?poor project management? and a ?lack of transparency?.
Drawing on relevant theory, you should critically evaluate the case study, focussing your report on two of the following areas of project management, and providing recommendations on how to improve the project. The report should be addressed to the Universal Credit Project Board.
The two areas of project management to concentrate on must come from the following list:
? Project initiation
? Project organisation and structure
? Project leadership
? The role of the project manager
? Stakeholder management
What is expected from students?
You are expected to produce a report that demonstrates an understanding of the project, and applies a theoretical underpinning for discussion and conclusions drawn. Any recommendations made should be justified throughout the report.
A suggested structure is as follows:
Included in word count
? Executive summary
? Introduction to report
? Brief background of the project
? Main discussion on two topics
? Reference list
Word Count: 1500 words. Tables, diagrams, appendices and references are omitted from the overall word count.
Sections contributing to the word count are indicated. You may also include tables, diagrams and models. These do not count towards the word count. Ensure that all tables, diagrams and models are labelled, include a citation and are discussed in the text. Appendices and reference list are also not included in the word count.
Please state the number of words used on the front cover of the assignment.
Case Study Information:
The following links provide an introduction to the case study project. These should be used as a starting point for your research. However, it is expected that you will research more widely on both the case study and theory of project management.
? What is the UK Government?s new welfare system??https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/simplifying-the-welfare-system-and-making-sure-work-pays ?
? APM News Report?https://www.apm.org.uk/news/universal-credit-suffered-poor-project-management#.UkAfk39T2Ad ?
? National Audit Office Report?https://www.nao.org.uk/report/universal-credit-early-progress/
Outline marking scheme:
Research and selection of information to support the assignment?
Synthesis and evaluation of relevant theory and practice
Shows evidence of detailed critical evaluation and clear recommendations for project improvement
Structure, layout and presentation including spelling and grammar
CU Harvard referencing and use of in-text citations
Feedback will be available to students 2 weeks after the submission deadline date.
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