Project Charter

Ashford 2: – Week 1 – Assignment

 

Project Charter

 

Scenario: Roto Air

 

You will be working with the following scenario throughout this course. You are free to make

 

reasonable assumptions when facts have not been provided, but do state them as you complete

 

the assignments.

 

You are a project manager for Roto Air, Inc., a successful manufacturer of autonomous rotorcraft

 

(drone helicopters) headed by CEO Jackie Copperfield. You work at the research and

 

development facility in central New York and have been given the assignment of transitioning

 

the manufacturing processes for the newest product, the Quick Drop 100, to its permanent

 

manufacturing site in central Florida. The Florida plant is non-union, has lower property taxes,

 

and lower utility costs than the New York location. You will be sharing an existing building

 

owned by Roto Air and used for assembly of other similar products. While floor space has been

 

allocated for your product, the specialized machinery and tools must be procured. One of these

 

machines is to be custom built and has a lead time of 5 months. Normal support functions such

 

as human resources, facility maintenance, and manufacturing engineering are already available

 

in Florida. A manual with the product assembly instructions and specifications is needed for

 

training the new manufacturing technicians and will remain your responsibility to complete. An

 

appropriate budget of $1M has been approved for first year transition costs. Annual savings from

 

the move are expected to be $250,000 per year. The budget is controlled by John Golden, plant

 

manager in Florida. Manufacturing is scheduled to start in the new location six months from

 

today. You have a well-qualified team of four other employees that are free to travel as needed

 

from their New York home to Florida. Although the team members have worked on many

 

projects, they have not worked together before. Team members are Jackie, Ken, Jose, and

 

Shawn. Upon successful transition you will return to your responsibilities in New York.

 

Assignment:

 

This week you will complete the project charter. Various publications and organizations have

 

differing contents for a charter; however you will be working with the outline preferred by Roto

 

Air. Using the information provided, complete the steps below.

 

1. Compose a business case for transitioning the product to Florida.

 

2. Prepare a scope statement for the transition project.

 

3. Identify the most logical project sponsor and justify your choice with at least two

 

supporting reasons.

 

4. Identify the top level project schedule.

 

5. Identify the overall budget.

 

6. Specifies at least one state or national safety standard that the manufacturing operation

 

must comply with and explain the reason for its selection.

 

Your paper must be 900 to 1200 words in length (not including title and reference pages) and

 

must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide.

 

Contextual (Level One) headings must be used to organize your paper and your thoughts. You

 

must cite at least two scholarly sources from the Ashford Online Library in addition to the

 

textbook.

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