Why is a cost management plan important?

Unit 10  (Budgeting Projects) IN CPM 4E ( SEE ATTACHMENT)

I AM ATTACHING THREE PICTURES AND BOOK CPM 4E FOR THE REFERENCE. PIC 1 IS FOR PART 2 .

PIC 2 AND PIC 3 IS  FOR PART 3. 

READ THE WRTING GUIDANCE CAREFULLY.

Budget Estimating (100 points)
This assignment consists of 2 parts: questions about budget estimation and developing a budget. 

Part 1 Questions (10 points)
Provide responses to the following questions
1.    You are providing a review of contractor bids for a component of your upcoming project.  What can be done to determine whether or not a vendor’s bid is reasonable?
2.    Describe the conditions for which parametric, analogous and bottom up estimation techniques work best, and provide 2 examples in support of each method.
3.    Why is a cost management plan important?  How does the plan benefit the project manager?

Part 2 Budget Estimating (30 points)
Using the same scenario from the previous unit on scheduling, create a time-phased budget for the following project.  Prepare a figure like Exhibit 10.9, CPM 4e, that illustrates the daily and cumulative costs for the resource-leveled project.  
Assume the following hourly rates:
Alcides $45 / hr.
Joan $50 / hr.

Part 3 Budget Estimating (50 points)

You are the project manager for a process improvement project for Company XYZ.    Prepare a figure like Exhibit 10.9 that illustrates the weekly and cumulative costs for the resource-leveled project. 
Hint: To accomplish this exercise, you’ll need to create a project schedule in MS Excel (or by hand), create resource assignments, assign costs to each resource, and assign the resources to each task.  Some resource leveling will be required. 
In this project, you have 3 employees: Ann, Becky and Clive.  Each person is limited to the amount of time allocated to your project.  Ann and Becky are available 30 hours/week; Clive is available 20 hours/week.  There hourly rates are: Ann: $60/hour; Becky: $35/hour; and Clive: $50/hour.

Writing Guidance :

Part 1 responses should be presented in a question-response format.  Use Arial font with 11 point. There is no word limit.

Parts 2 and 3 Use MS Excel (MS Project is not acceptable) to create the budget estimate and present it similar to Exhibit 10.9.  Show intermediate steps (schedule, resource schedule assignments, resource-leveled schedule and any other elements needed to create the time-phased budget estimate.

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