Des Moines Area Community College Staffing and Communication Management Plan


This portfolio work project, a staffing and communication management plan, is based on your selected business or IT project. You may choose to base your assignment on the case study of Cosmo, Inc., a developer and distributor of wearable technology, or use a project of your choice. Project communications management encompasses “the processes required to ensure timely and appropriate planning, collection, creation, distribution, storage, retrieval, management, control, monitoring, and ultimate disposition of project information” (Project Management Institute, 2017, p. 569). The project communication plan describes how, when, and by whom information regarding project status is administered by and disseminated to. The staffing management plan must address the areas that need to be included and how they should be implemented to ensure the project is successful. The management plan links individual success to team success, and thus, to project success. 

You may choose a business of your own. It must include (but is not limited to) the following criteria:

  • Clear business objective and a specific completion outcome.
  • Project team with at least three members in addition to yourself. Each member must have defined roles and responsibilities
  • Completion window of 180 days.
  • Cost estimates that serve as the basis for a budget used as part of the plan development processYour Role
    You are the project managerRequirements
    Refer to the Software Preparation and Technology Access study in Unit 1 for information on accessing Microsoft Project. Practice using MS Project in this course helps prepare you for future professional PM roles and responsibilities, please use MS Project for those tasks supported by MS Project. In addition, you may use a variety of other tools including MS Visio, MS PowerPoint, and MS Word as appropriate. Use the PMBOK® Guide as the model for developing the deliverables.Part 1: Staffing Management Plan
    The staffing management plan document should contain the following components (at minimum):

    • Describe staff acquisition needs and process.
    • Explain training needs for project team members.
    • Explain the recognition and rewards processes.
    • Analyze stakeholders’ level of engagement and significance to the project.
      • Include an organizational chart.
    • Develop a staffing timetable and staffing release strategy
    • Part 2: Communication Management Plan
    • Develop a communication management plan to be distributed to the stakeholders of the project.
    • You may choose to use the Communication Plan [DOC] (linked in the Resources) template or devise your own document to complete this assignment.
    • The document should be succinct and contain the following components (at minimum):
      • Provide project specific information including project name, sponsor name and project manager.
      • Provide a narrative introduction describing the objectives, stakeholders, and topics related to project communications.
      • Complete the Communication matrix.Preparation
        Use the software of your choice to develop the deliverables for this assignment. This assignment has two parts and two deliverables:

        1. Part A: Develop a staffing management plan document using your choice of word-processing applications, including Microsoft Word.
        2. Part B: Using the Communication Plan template or a document you make yourself, include the following in your project communication management plan.
        3. Deliverable Format
        • References: There is no set number of references required for this assignment. Use scholarly or academic sources where applicable.
        • Format:
          • Use the provided Communication Plan template linked in Resources or another format as appropriate.
          • Use your choice of Microsoft Word, Visio, or PowerPoint to develop the Staffing Management Plan, including the organizational chart.
          • Follow the corresponding Academic and Professional Document Guidelines (linked in Resources), including single-spaced paragraphs. The Communication Plan and Staffing Management Plan are professional documents.

          These ones: Project Management Institute. Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) — Sixth Edition and Agile Practice Guide. Newtown Square. PA. 2017.

  • Kerzner, H. R. (2017). Project management: A systems approach to planning, scheduling, and controlling (12th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
    • Section 10.6, “Stakeholder Relations Management,” pages 329–335. 
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