The estimating problem

Choose one of the following two assignments to complete this week. Do not do both assignments. Identify your assignment choice in the title of your submission.

Option #1: The Estimating Problem—Essay

Based on your review and analysis of the “The Estimating Problem” case study (Kerzner, 2017, pp. 499-500), write an essay that addresses the following key elements:

  • Develop a clear and concise synopsis of the case study.
  • Explain how the identified problem affects the project’s schedule, cost, and scope.
  • In your own words, with cited support from scholarly resources, clearly and concisely define the construct of the schedule’s critical path. Describe how the identified problem may affect the schedule’s critical path.
  • Assess whether the estimating method used was appropriate. If so, what would cause the results to be questionable? If not, what estimating method would you recommend? Substantively justify your response using cited scholarly references.
  • Assess the pros and cons of the extant estimating process; what, if any, changes would you recommend? Substantively justify your response including scholarly supporting references. (Please note that extant estimating is not a term of art in project management. You need to identify the extant (i.e., existing) estimating process in the organization referenced in the case study. By doing this, you will specify the current state-of-project-management in the area of estimating)

Additional Instructions
Properly organize your writing by including the following:

  • Cover page
  • Introduction
  • Body of your work in response to the assignment’s key elements, with headings and subheadings
  • Conclusion
  • List of references
  • Appendices (as applicable).

The introduction through conclusion sections of your essay should be approximately 4-5 pages in length. Support your assignment with a minimum of three scholarly references. The CSU Global library is a good place to locate these sources, and the Project Management Resources Guide (Links to an external site.) is a great place to start. The written section should follow the CSU Global Writing Center (Links to an external site.). Consult the Sample Paper (Links to an external site.) template for more information on how to organize the paper and review the rubric available in for specific grading criteria.

Option #2: The Estimating Problem—Presentation

Based on your review and analysis of the “The Estimating Problem” case study (Kerzner, 2017, pp. 499-500), create a multimedia-rich presentation that addresses the following key elements:

  • Develop a clear and concise synopsis of the case study.
  • Explain how the identified problem affects the project’s schedule, cost, and scope.
  • In your own words, with cited support from scholarly resources, clearly and concisely define the construct of the schedule’s critical path. Describe how the identified problem may affect the schedule’s critical path.
  • Assess whether the estimating method used was appropriate. If so, what would cause the results to be questionable? If not, what estimating method would you recommend? Substantively justify your response using cited scholarly references.
  • Assess the pros and cons of the extant estimating process; what, if any, changes would you recommend? Substantively justify your response including scholarly supporting references. (Please note that extant estimating is not a term of art in project management. You need to identify the extant (i.e., existing) estimating process in the organization referenced in the case study. By doing this, you will specify the current state-of-project-management in the area of estimating)

Additional Instructions
Properly organize your presentation by including the following:

  • Cover slide
  • Introduction
  • Body of your work in response to the assignment’s key elements, with heading and subheading bullets
  • Conclusion slide
  • List of references
  • Appendix slides (as applicable)
  • Include a complete narration transcript or a PDF print of substantive slide notes, which clearly demonstrate subject comprehension, with your presentation.

Your multimedia-rich presentation should consist of an 8- to 12-minute narrated video using the aid of a presentation tool (PowerPoint, Prezi, Screencast-o-matic (Links to an external site.), Knovio (Links to an external site.), or Loom (Links to an external site.), or similar program) as a guide to your recital that includes appropriate subject content, graphics, video clips (optional), and other multimedia techniques. When using graphic images or other content found online, observe all copyright protections; properly cite (Links to an external site.) all images. Note: a mere PowerPoint without video-audio will not meet assignment requirements.

The introduction through conclusion sections of your presentation should be approximately 6- to 8-slides. Support your assignment with a minimum of three scholarly references.

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