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.




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



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