The Commissioning and Handover of Data Centre project

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Applied Project Management Skills Development: The Commissioning and Handover of Data Centre project3500 word of professional/academic written report linking theory, principles and techniques to organisational practice with table of content. Write in the third personShowing evidence of reflective and critical approaches.The report should demonstrate application of project management principles, tools and techniques to The Commissioning and handover of Data centre project.Structure of the reportContent page: Noting each section and sub section with the appropriate page numberIntroduction: Provide information on the purpose, content and context of the report.Main body: Key discussions and debate at the focus of the report to include analysis of best practice (comparison between what academic suggest and what the organisation does).It should be separated by headings and be well referenced to demonstrate reading.Conclusions: A synthesis of the key messages and concluding comments related to the report.Recommendation: Clear, focused, specific and business led recommendations.Reference list: Full reference list of all citations in the report.Appendices: Additional information which supports the discussions in the body.Breakdown of word count:Introduction – 200 wordsBusiness background, analysis of the project and research problem- 1000 wordsLiterature review – 1500 wordsSummary and Conclusion – 300 wordsRecommendation – 200 wordsMinimum of 25 referencesThe report should identify and evaluate the way in which the activity was undertaken and identify potential improvements and anticipated benefits. The report should include:• Aims and objectives of the report• Clarity of business context to the project being discussed• Critical review of appropriate underpinning academic/practitioner theory• An analysis of the project, demonstrating knowledge and application of theories, tools and techniques related to project management• Identification and evaluation of current practice with justification of potential improvements• Learning from the analysis and implications for future approaches/project management practiceRelevant evidence from the project to support the evaluation of practice can be presented in an appendix.Provide relevant references to supporting thinking and conclusions. Critique and embed the literature throughout.Develop new templates based on your research if necessaryShow:• Analysis of data• Structure of the process based on literature review and synthesis of understanding of a model of best practice for project handover• Demonstrate an adequate understanding of commissioning and handover of Data Centre projectAssessment Criteria / RequirementClarity of business context and understanding of the key features of project management 20%Critical review and analysis of current project management 30%Demonstrates knowledge and application of tools and techniques related to project management 20%Identification and justification of potential improvements to project management processes 20%Structure, conciseness, presentation and appropriate referencing 10%Use of project management in implementing change; establish the key stages of managing projects and the critical tasks to be undertaken within each stage and demonstrate the use of a range of analytical tools techniques and methods associated with the planning, execution and control of projects.Explore the application of project management processes.Apply the concepts to critically appraise and evaluate the performance in an organisation,Must critical show:Understanding of the key phases of the Project Life Cycle and the variety of tasks to be undertaken within each phase.Obtain a deeper appreciation of the project management process by the application of a range of analytical tools, techniques to allow the establishment of plans to deliver project expectations.Evaluate and analyse the nature of projects and critically review the key management features of project based activities.Analyse and apply tools and techniques, which facilitate detailed planning and control of projects.Critically appraise the role projects play in the strategic development of organisations.Reading ListJason Charvat, Project Management MethodologistWhat is A PM Methodology? 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