M5A2 Discussion Project Management

Assignment 2: Discussion Question

Important note: Discussion questions in this course use a case study that is found in Shared Documents in the file named “Project Management Case.” It is strongly recommended that you read this case study before attempting an assignment. 

Also, it is mandatory that you attempt all assignment questions in the order they are presented in.

By the due date assigned, respond to both discussion questions. Each question is worth 20 points. Submit your responses to the Discussion Area. Start reviewing and responding to your classmates as early in the week as possible.

Discussion Question

Reflect on the different tasks and roles you learned about in this course. Identify at least (two) 2 skills you would need to be a project manager and discuss what you can do to develop those skills. Lastly, identify and discuss at least one (1) other career you think you would be interested in related to project management.

Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

Quality of initial posting, including fulfillment of assignment instructions 16

Quality of responses to classmates 12

Frequency of responses to classmates 4

Reference to supporting readings and other materials 4

Language and grammar 4

Total: 40

Project Management Case

You are working for a large, apparel design and manufacturing company, Trillo Apparel Company (TAC), headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. TAC employs around 3000 people and has remained profitable through tough economic times. The operations are divided into 4 districts; District 1 – North, District 2 – South, District 3 – West and District 4 – East. The company sets strategic goals at the beginning of each year and operates with priorities to reach those goals.

Trillo Apparel Company Current Year Priorities

· Increase Sales and Distribution in the East

· Improve Product Quality

· Improve Production in District 4

· Increase Brand Recognition

· Increase Revenues

Company Details

Company Name: Trillo Apparel Company (TAC)

Company Type: Apparel design and production

Company Size: 3000 employees

Position# Employees
Owner/CEO1
Vice President4
Chief Operating Officer1
Chief Financial Officer1
Chief Information Officer1
IT Department38
District Manager4
Sales Team30
Accountant12
Administrative Assistant7
Order Fullfilment45
Customer Service57
Designer24
Project Manager10
Maintenance25
Operations2500
Shipping Department240
Total Employees3000

Products: Various Apparel

Corporate Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

TAC Organization Chart

District 4 Production Warehouse Move Project Details

The business has expanded considerably over the past few years and District 4 in the East has outgrown its current production facility. Because of this growth the executives want to expand the current facility, moving the whole facility 10 miles away. The location selected has enough room for the production and the shipping department. However, the current warehouse needs some renovation to accommodate the district’s operational needs.

The VP of Operations estimates the production and shipping warehouse move for District 4 will provide room required to generate the additional $1 million/year product revenues to meet the current demand due to the expanded production capacity. Daily production generates $50,000 revenue so a week of downtime will cost $250,000 in lost revenues.

The move must be completed in 4 months.

Mileage between the old and new facilities is 10 miles.

Bids have been received from contractors to build out the new office space and production floor and have signed contracts for work as follows:

ActivityCompany Providing ServicesTotal ContractSuppliesTime Needed
Pack, move and unpack production equipmentCity Equipment Movers$150,000n/a5 Days
Move non-production equipment and materialsExpress Moving Company$125,000n/a5 Days
FramingEast Side Framing & Drywall$121,000$125,00015 Days
ElectricalSparks Electrical$18,000$12,00010 Days
PlumbingWaterworks Plumbing$15,000$13,00010 Days
DrywallEast Side Framing & Drywall$121,000$18,00015 Days
Finish WorkWoodcraft Carpentry$115,000$15,00015 Days
Build work benches for production floorStudent Workers Carpentry$112,000$110,00015 Days

Production workdays are Monday through Saturday. The actual move must be completed in 5 days for as little disruption to production activities as possible. All contractors are on other projects but have been booked in advance. The contractors will gain the necessary permits and schedule city and county inspections but these tasks need to be identified separately due to the length of time it can take. Permitting and inspections can take from one to three weeks, depending upon schedule and the flexibility of the inspector. The new warehouse is empty and can be accessed immediately. Framing cannot start until the permits are received. Electrical and plumbing can begin as soon as the framing is finished. Drywall cannot start until the electrical and plumbing inspections are complete. After the drywall is completed, final inspections will be completed by the county and city. After both the county and city have passed the new construction, finish work can begin. Building the product floor work benches can occur at any time before the move occurs.

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Chief Information

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Maintenance

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Project Managers

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