Case Study Introduction
Request for Case Study
A few weeks ago one of my subscribers requested a case study as a way of demonstrating how project management process groups are applied to a real life project. The request came in as the first comment on the blog post about process groups.
Several subscribers confirmed that such a case study is a good idea, so I decided to do the case study
Processes and Process Groups
PMI’s PMBOK is an extensive description of forty two project management processes. These forty two processes are grouped into five process groups. Read more in related post below on process groups. In real life some projects use certain processes and other projects use other processes. Processes pertaining to scope, schedule and budget are used in all projects. At the end of this case study, I will count all the processes I have used on this project. I have never done that before.
The natural flow of a project is to go through four phases from beginning to the end of the project. Going through these four phases, initiation, planning, execution and closing phase is called the project life cycle. Read more about the project life cycle in the related post below.
Description of the Case Study
The project chosen for this case study is the construction of an industrial building for the Public Utilities of Aruba. The building was part of a bigger project. I chose just the civil part of this project for the case study, so that any one can relate to it. The idea is to understand how project management processes are applied to a project and not the technical details of the project.
During the case study I will go through the complete chronological project life cycle, from initiation through planning and execution to closing. When doing that, I will discuss all the processes I used on this particular project.
There will a total of six posts including this one (introduction, project initiation, planning, execution, closing and wrap-up)
I invite you to comment on each post as we go along.