Once the organization has decided to move forward with the development of a new or modified system, it is time to determine what tasks are necessary to move the project from initiation to completion. In this Application, you use some standard project management approaches to create a work plan and project schedule (Gantt chart) for a development project.
Consider this scenario: As a systems analyst at a medium-size company, you are helping to design an online system the human resources department can use to manage available job positions. This system needs the following capabilities:
• Posts open positions to a company website
• Makes the open positions viewable and searchable by the general public
• Makes the open positions viewable, searchable, editable, and reportable by the organization’s HR employees
• Collects résumés of applicants and their contact information into a standard résumé template
• Tracks the status of the applicants (whether they are qualified, interviewed, and rejected or hired)
• Houses positions and résumés in a database and performs searches via an online form
• Includes notification services to contact candidates about their status
In 2–3 pages:
• Create a work plan listing the tasks that will need to be completed to meet the system’s requirements.
• Create a Gantt chart that is based on the details of your work plan. You may use any drawing/presentation/project management tool with which you are familiar and to which you have access. Should you decide to try project management software for this assignment, free options are available for download (such as Open Workbench at http://open-workbench.en.softonic.com/ or OpenProj at http://sourceforge.net/projects/openproj/)
• Justify your choices for the work plan and Gantt chart, describeing how your choices meet the requirements of the system.