Kenyatta University Master Of Business Administration (Mba) Project Planning And Organization  Question Paper

Exam Name: Project Planning And Organization 

Course: Master Of Business Administration (Mba)

Institution/Board: Kenyatta University

Exam Year:2010

KENYATTA UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY EXAMINATIONS 2010/2011 FIRST SEMESTER EXAMINATION FOR THE
DEGREE OF MASTER IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
BMS 604: PROJECT PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION

DATE: WEDNESDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2010
TIME: 9.00 A.M – 12.00 P.M

INSTRUCTIONS:
? Answer Question ONE and any other THREE Questions
? Use practical examples where applicable
Q1) a)
Industrial machining complex has been aware that their production of
Widgets will not continue to satisfy clients’ demands. The have seen an increase of
20% year after year for widgets over the last 5 years with no end in sight for the
increase in demand. The CEO had asked an internal team to review current
manufacturing processes and propose changes to the processes, along with upgrades
to equipment to meet the demands for the future. When the team’s proposal was
submitted to the CEO, it recommended an upgrade to manufacturing equipment and a
redesign of the production line with no solid metrics relating to the number of
anticipated increases. Also missing (and critical to the outcome) was an analysis of
what would happen in procurement, delivery, as well as warehousing, if these
changes were made to the manufacturing process, and whether these departments
would be able to manage those changes. After seeing such deficiencies in the team’s
plan, and with past experiences in such projects at another company, the CEO has
chosen you, a project Management Consultant, to outline a project plan for this
initiative. Industrial Machining Complex Projects specialized in process improvement initiatives. The CEO has a feeling that these efforts are more improvement initiatives. The CEO has a feeling that these efforts are more likely to
be successfully implemented when run as a well-managed project.

Required:
a)
In context of the above case, outline a project plan to be presented to the
CEO. (6 marks)
b)
Industrial Machining Complex has a project that consists of 8 activities named A to H as shown below:

Required:
Construct a network so as to satisfy the scheduling requirements shown in the table
below: (5 marks)

Activity
Completion time (days)
Immediate
predecessor
activities
A
3
-
A
6
A
C
7
A
D
5
A
E
13
B, C
F
8
C, D
G
11
D, F
H
6
G,E

a)
Find the last time required to complete the whole project and identify the critical activities. (8 marks)
b)
How is the project completion time affected if:
i)
Activity F is delayed by 3 days
ii)
Activity E is delayed by 7 days
iii)
Activity G is finished 7 days early (3 marks)

Q2)
As the project manager of a new power co-generation plant, the CEO of the organization has requested for a detailed project plan before the project can take off. Explain the benefits of this detailed project plan to the project (10 marks)

Q3)
a)
“The Project Manager leads the project on a day-to-day basis and is fully accountable for delivering the project described in the Project Definition document.” In the context of this statement and assuming that you have been appointed the project manager to start a new assembly line to increase the firm’s productive capacity within a duration of 10 months, discuss ways through which this can be achieved. (10 marks)

Q4)
a)
After being appointed the project manager to deliver a new software system to run your organization’s manufacturing processes, you realize that your sponsor has imposed a delivery deadline that in your estimation is unrealistic. Explain how you would deal with this situation. (4 marks)
b)
Briefly explain how you would use Gantt chart to plan and schedule the delivery of the above project in 20 months. (6 marks)

Q5)
As a consultant in project management, a client who intends to undertake a new project
approaches you seeking knowledge on what he needs to do as part of his project preparation.Briefly explain to the client what job preparation would entail.(10 marks)




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