Project Jaguar

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JAGUAR PROJECT
OVERVIEW
 ORION awarded government contract to build next
generation high-speed, light-rail trains
 High profile project- if successful, potential for other
government contracts
 Highly competitive- bidders have promised earlier
deadline, better quality, reliability, & lower cost
CHALLENGES
Project Manager: Mike Rosas
Problems facing ORION team:
 Lack of manufacturing design = higher cost than expected
 Reactive approach to quality management = quality issues
 Poor quality user manuals/technical documents = customer
support issues
 Matrix arrangement = lack of project ownership
 Lack of constraints on design engineers = scope creep
OUR FOCUS
 Organization of Project Jaguar
 Efficiency improvements & maximized use of
resources
 Project master plans
Organization of Project Jaguar
 Current model: matrix structure- can lead to:
 Higher costs
 Quality issues
 Lack of strong project ownership
Organization of Project Jaguar
 Solution: transition to dedicated team
 Advantages (Baker, 2009):
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Customer and project focus
Fast communication
Problem solving and decision making
Increased cooperation between functions
Resources dedicated to team- saves time
Organization of Project Jaguar
 Alternative solution: hybrid team
 Some dedicated team members, some matrix, or
 Transition from dedicated team to matrix as project
allows
 Clelland (1998) - “different management structures can be
applied at different phases of the project life cycle.”
Efficiency & Use of Resources
 Current resources allocated to similar projects by
ORION:
 Project manager
 Planning and control manager
 Electronics system engineer
Efficiency & Use of Resources
 Suggested additions to project management staff to
increase overall efficiency:
 Quality manager
 ensure quality final project
 increase customer satisfaction and retention (Rose, 2005)
 Design/Production manager
 Oversee design engineers
 Create production schedule
 Design production line
Project Jaguar Master Plan
 ORION typically uses linear plan for product
development and launch
 Inefficient use of time and resources
 Moving suitable activities forward in timeline
maximizes time usage
 Building production line
 Documentation/training
FOLLOW UP
 Changes made to project after our preliminary report:
 Half of each team dedicated to Project Jaguar
 3 manager positions added
 Suggested parts of master plan moved forward in
timeline
CONCLUSION
 Transition to a dedicated or hybrid project team will
simplify communication and teamwork to increase
productivity.
 Addition of a quality manager and design/production
manager to the project leadership team can help streamline
the design and production process and increase the quality
of the product and customer service.
 Examination of master plan and coordinating parts of
project that can be done simultaneously improves
production and reduces overall timeline.
 Changes made for Project Jaguar can be applied to other
projects to increase ORION’s competitiveness.
REFERENCES
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Baker, D. (2009). Multi-company project management: Maximizing business results
through strategic collaboration. Retrieved from
http://books.google.com/books?id=rv4tXEbdjY8C&pg=PA47&dq=Benefits
+of+dedicated+project+teams&hl=en&ei=xx6qTbOBE8rgiAK96dDvDA&sa
=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAQ#v=snipp
et&q=dedicated%20project&f=false
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Cleland, D. I. (1998). Project management: Strategic design and implementation.
Retrieved from
http://site.ebrary.com.ezproxy.sckans.edu/lib/southwesternks/docDetail.acti
on?docID=10152685
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Rose, K. H. (2005). Project quality management: Why, what, and how. Retrieved
from
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on?docID=10124760

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