2-Pre Course Assignment

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2-Pre Course Assignment




    You have been selected to attend RA Project Management training based on PwC‟s Programme and Project Management (PPM) methodology from 15-19 July 2002.

    This brief contains details of the work you need to do BEFORE attending the course.

    The deliverables from this pre-course work will be used during the classroom-based section of the course. Therefore, you need to allow yourself time to complete the deliverables if you are to take full advantage of your own participation in the course, and if you are to support the learning of the other participants, particularly the team to which you are assigned. Aims and Objectives

    The overall aim of this course is to enable you to understand the principles, skills, tools, and techniques that will enable you to succeed in your role as a consultant Project Manager. As you progress from being a Team Leader to a Project Manager, you will need to manage all the 7 Keys of Project Management, not just a selection of them. You will take on increasing responsibility for the client relationship and the RA‟s profitability for the assignment. You will have to take a more thorough view of risk and scope management. You will be dealing with stakeholders who can influence your project in positive and negative ways. You will need to manage increasing complexity be that in the number of work streams you manage,

    the complexity of the deliverables, or the diversity of the team (client and RA). Above all, you will be expected to exercise increasing creativity and judgement in the approach you take to successfully completing a project.

    This course will enable you to learn more about the tools and techniques in the PPM method that will be useful to you. It will also enable you to practice your new skills in a safe environment, before you are expected to practice them for real with a client. Specifically, this course will allow you to:

     Experience the role of a Project Manager through each stage of the PPM method Gain an appreciation of the complexities and skill involved in juggling the 7 Keys to

    project management success

     Learn about and practice a number of PwC‟s project management techniques that will

    help you in your Project Manager role


    雨天阳光资料整理http:///sunny_loveu Introducing PwC’s “7 Keys”

We recognise that while some of you will be familiar with PwC “7 Keys” approach to

    Programme and Project management, others will not be so familiar. Well, we will spend five

    days learning about how to use PPM. However, to help you complete this pre-course

    assignment we have provided a brief overview of the 7 Keys and what they mean in the

    context of managing a consulting project.


    Identifying, evaluating, informing, and influencing the Stakeholders Stakeholders are

    individuals and groups who are affected by or who committed

    influence the project.

    Estimating, measuring, and monitoring the benefits the (Client) (Client) business

    client organisation will gain from the project. Benefit Business benefits are realised

    includes expected result and the associated cost, both benefits

    financial and non-financial, of achieving that result.

    Controlling the production and acceptance of project Work and Work and schedule

    services and deliverables, and ensuring their provision to Schedule are predictable

    specified performance and acceptance requirements.

    Identifying, mobilising, and developing the people Team & Team &

    required for the project team. Obtaining and maintaining Infrastructure Infrastructure are

    appropriate space, equipment, and other resources high performing

    required for successful completion of the project.

    Agreeing, maintaining and amending the boundaries of Scope Scope is realistic and

    the project. managed

    Identifying and evaluating risks and issues. Developing Risks Risks are mitigated

    avoidance, mitigation, and resolution activities to

    counteract those risks and issues.

    Establishing how the project will contribute to the wider Delivery Delivery organisation

    organisation (RA). By supporting other programmes or Organisation benefits are realised

    projects in the organisation. Maintaining and protecting (i.e. RA)

    the organisation's interests in relation to the project. benefits



    Where do you want to get to?

    Hopefully, you want to develop to be a really good project manager. Completion of this pre-course work will enable you to get the most out of the classroom-based sessions. Taking the course will then equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to become an excellent project manager. Hopefully you want to get to the top for yourself, your colleagues and

    your clients. This course for new project managers will help you scale the heights. In designing this course, you will work through a project scenario, in all its stages, and examine many real life complications and challenges. The theme of „getting to the top‟ and

    „scaling the heights‟ inspired us. So on this course you will be performing as the project management team leading a commercial expedition to Mount Everest. Such teams have to: Draw up and agree contracts with their clients and suppliers about the scope, nature and

    timing of deliverables (the ascent date, oxygen supply, etc.)

     Set up and manage a diverse project and team infrastructure

     Ensure reasonable milestones are set, and project plans adhered to

     Ensure they meet a budget as well as getting the clients safely up and down the mountain Meet or manage the needs of all interested parties

     Minimise the risks associated with climbing Everest.

    This aligns closely with the core project management method we use in PwC. It covers the core concepts we too have to manage in our projects.

    We are not going to teach you how to climb mountains. We are, however, going to examine project management with mountains in mind.

    To get the most from the course, you will find it useful, as well as fascinating (some people have been so gripped by this they have sat up all night reading particular accounts) to read a little about the project management challenges of climbing Everest. On Everest, failure to manage one of the 7 Keys or project management stages may not just result in a decrease in profit, but may lead to someone‟s death.



    What we want you to do BEFORE attending RA Project Management Training.


     Read the accompanying extracts from Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. He talks about his experiences on a real commercial expedition to mount Everest in 1996. On this expedition, in spite of great experience

    and skills, advanced planning and committed clients, disaster struck.

     As you read, imagine what it would feel like to be in the mountains. Try to understand some of the

    dilemmas the project team faced when things began to go wrong.

     As we start the classroom-based course, you will be asked to consider the 1996 expedition. In particular you will need to be able to answer for each of the PPM keys:

     What did the expedition teams do well in each key? What could they have improved on?

     What were the contributing factors to the final outcome of the expedition?

     What parallels between RA project management and Everest expedition project management can you


     So, what lessons can you learn?



    Consulting Ethics as part of professional Project Management

    As you take a greater lead as a project manager, you will be taking greater control of all aspects of the project. If you decide to read the remainder of Krakauer‟s book, you will find that the survivors faced a number of ethical dilemmas up on the mountain, deciding: who to save and who not to;

     whether or not to save yourself and leave others to die;

     to abandon potential survivors on the mountain, although you knew they were alive at the

    time, because they would not manage the descent;

     to lead novices up the mountain in the first place.

    Being part of a wide-ranging professional services firm does present us with our own unique dilemmas, however. There are a number of key ethical themes common for the RAs.


     Serving Our Clients

     Maintaining Independence

     Use and Protection of Client Information

     Insider Information and Trading

     Avoiding Conflicts of Interest

     Professional Standards and Performance

    ; Continuing Professional Education

    ; Professional Performance

     Respecting Client Practices and Property


     Treating Each Other Respectfully, Courteously and with Dignity

     Respecting Employee Privacy

     Work-Life Quality


     Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-discrimination

     Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment

     Appropriate Use of Communications Tools

     Family and Personal Relationships

     Maintaining Safety in the Workplace



     Protecting the Environment.


     Protecting RA Assets

    ; Intellectual Property and Proprietary and Confidential Information

    ; Computers, Other Equipment, and Network Security

    ; Guarding Against Industrial Espionage and Sabotage Obligations Relating to Prior or Subsequent Employment Managing Client-Related Risk

    ; Client Acceptance and Continuance

    ; Risks Identified During Engagement

     Outside Activities

    ; Outside Employment or Business Pursuits

    ; Political Activity

    ; Professional Organizations

    ; Charities and Community Service

     Firm Reports and Firm Time

     Public Image and Public Communications Contracting and Signing on Behalf of the Firm Legal Procedures

    ; Document Retention

    ; Communications with Outside Counsel


     Fair Competition

    ; Gathering Competitive Information

    ; Confidentiality and Exclusivity Agreements Gifts, Entertainment and Gratuities

     Protecting the Intellectual Property Rights of Others



    Getting to Base Camp

    As with all good mountain climbing (or consulting) teams, you will need to get to know your fellow mountaineers before you arrive at Base Camp. You will be working in teams during the ascent, and it is important that you know each other well. You will have received a list of the participant teams with your pre-course assignment and reading which will enable you to complete activity two.


     Before you arrive at the course, you should contact each other through telephone or e-mail.

Agree amongst yourself:

     A team name

     A summary of who you are collectively - what is your experience?

     A summary of what you collectively want from the course - what are your objectives?

     How your team is unique - what do you offer to the rest of the class?

     A way of introducing all members of the team in less than 2 minutes.

     You will be asked to introduce your team, its team name, and to present your two-minute team

     introduction as soon as the course starts. Teams will be evaluated in the course on whether they got pre-acquainted effectively.

     We are still adding participants to the course. For this reason, you may receive an update in the

     coming days regarding late joiners to your team who also need to be included in your presentation.

     Thank you for completing your pre-course work. It will give you valuable insights into the course materials, and will be used throughout the week.

    We look forward to seeing you on the RA Project Management Training Programme.


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