Your team has been brought in on a very ambitious program in an international bank’s treasury
services line of business. The aim of the program is to align all systems across three divisions of
the business into a single platform. With a multi-million dollar budget, this program is very high
priority to the functional leaders of each of the three divisions, as well as, the global business
director. This also means a lot of visibility, tight deadlines and a pressing need for control over
quality of delivery. Because this is in a regulated industry, there is also a high priority for
ensuring that the execution of the project aligns with compliance requirements. The project has a
three year span with eights release phases.
All of the involved divisions work around the globe with some of the key stakeholders situated
globally. For this project, a project manager will be appointed for leading the development of the
new platform within each of the three divisions for a total of three project managers. The global
business director is acting as the executive sponsor for this project. One project manager is based
in Charlotte, NC, while the other two are located in the Bay area of California. It is necessary
that each of the project managers work closely with the other project managers for ensuring
aligned schedules and deployment, as there are three separate development streams that must
coincide with the other.
Although the three functional divisions are based in the United States, the company has offices in
London, and a couple key stakeholders from London will be heavily involved in the project.
There is even talk about the need for one of the project managers to make a monthly trip to
London. Additionally, the new platform will actually be developed by a team in India, which will
require each of the three project managers to coordinate development schedules with the India
team, as the India team will be completing the programming for the entire platform that will
encompass all three divisions. Travel to India will most likely be required, but most of the work
will be managed remotely.
Your cross-functional team has been brought together by the global business director to develop
an approach for managing this project. Three of you will be appointed as a project manager once
you complete your assignment, and the actual work of the larger project will be initiated.
The global business director is primarily interested in you informing what technologies and
communication tools should be used to manage and track the work of this project. Your charge is
to develop a plan for managing and coordinating the work of the project using as seamless a
solution as possible. He is aware of a range of tools that are available, but wants to be certain that
the approach chosen will work for all three functional divisions. He wants to see the following
items in a report by next week:
A stated approach to how the project managers will work together (regular status reports,
meeting times, addressing conflict, need for onsite meetings).
In grading the assignment, I will be looking at the following items:
Quality of writing (grammar and clarity)
Design of report
o It should not be formatted as an academic report, but as a business proposal
o Do not double-space or use in-text citations (use footnotes where appropriate for
o Use section headers, titles, bullet points, tables, and the like where appropriate
o Use 12 point Times New Roman font with 1” margin on all sides
o Paper should be no less than 3 pages but no more than 5 pages in length
Completeness – does it address all the issues listed above?
Contextualization – does it consider the various factors of the case in a serious and
Practicality – does it provide a realistic solution and clear, action-oriented
Concreteness – does it deal in specifics, rather than generalities?
Only reports that are very well-written, align with the criteria given above in an excellent
manner, and read as though they are written as a professional report will be candidates to receive
an ‘A’. Reports that do not fully address all of the points given above or fail to meet a formatting
standard will automatically lose the opportunity to receive an ‘A’.