For a city to become smart, it takes a combination of technologies and disciplines, seamlessly integrated, with an understanding of how a huge number of customers

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Project Management Essentials

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Hull Smart City OS Project Management Report (PME CW3 [S])

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 MSc Management

 Project Management Essentials

 Summative Coursework Assessment Brief

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2.    Assessment Brief

This module is assessed through one graded element worth 100%. You must achieve at least

50% to pass this module.

For this assignment, you are required to build a Project Management Report based on the Development of the Hull Smart City OS.


Hull’s journey to becoming a programmable city 

Here’s how Hull is racing to become the UK’s first smart city.

For a city to become smart, it takes a combination of technologies and disciplines, seamlessly integrated, with an understanding of how a huge number of customers –the population of your city –will interact with it. In the UK, several cities are racing to become the nation’s smartest

city, from London to Manchester to the country’s current leader, Bristol.

Against those larger cities, Hull might seem like the underdog, but it’s been making considerable in-roads over the past 12 months or so. In May last year, it was awarded £55,000 for smart solutions to reduce traffic congestion. Later in the year, it started a more ambitious project –to create a purpose-built, smart operating system (OS) for the city.

The project, Smart City OS is being delivered by Hull City Council, technology company Connexin and Cisco. Connexin has been working with cities such as Newcastle Upon Tyne to deliver smart city technologies, impacting everything from lighting, mobility, security and waste.

“Developing Hull as a Smart City will allow us to work with public and private sector partners to deliver real benefits to communities, businesses and visitors to Hull,” says Councillor Daren Hale, Deputy Leader of Hull City Council.

The objectives

Hull has been quietly upgrading itself over the past five years. Its small size –with a population of around 260,000 –has allowed it to make changes at a comparatively quick pace. This has allowed

Hull to become the UK’s first full-fibre city –it has the fastest broadband of anywhere in the UK, according to broadband choices.

Hull City Council had already worked with Connexin on a long-range wide area network (LoRaWAN), allowing for better business connectivity and the facility of Internet of Things devices. Creating its own OS seemed the next logical step. The project aims to increase and enhance data sharing and decision-making, allowing the Council to deliver more effective services across the board, from traffic management to health and social care.

“The system pulls together information that currently sits within separate council computer systems to enable city-wide management of the city’s public assets in real-time using state-of-the-art technology, says Hale. “Residents will receive better information to make choices about transport, traffic and parking. But this will be just the beginning of what is possible. "Throughout the project, it will drive new demand for a digitally skilled workforce, which will then boost Hull’s economy. The Council is investing in skills for its young people as a result.

The methodology

The OS uses Connexin tech, built on the Cisco Kinetic for Cities platform. It will pull together 12 separate council IT systems. Each system will process data from a variety of sources, including city-wide sensors and Internet of Things devices. This data can be used to help facilitate various services. Connexin, with its experience in implementing smart city solutions, is taking a five-step process to the installation.

The first step is infrastructure: having the right level of area-wide connectivity to be able to deliver smart city services. This is a combination of high-speed fibre networks and LoRaWAN networks. Hull had a head start in this area –local telecoms company KCOM had invested £85m in the city’s full-fibre network, and Connexin’s LoRaWAN was already in place.

Second is the installation of sensors across the city, to collect real-time data. This is where the 12 systems come in. Connexin’s Smart Bins is one of them. The others include the Siemens Stratos platform for traffic management; the Bartec Auto ID system for managing waste; and the Datek streetlighting system. The Vaisala IceCast program will help to predict the weather and plan road maintenance. The Teletrac Navman provides GPS technology, and the Citilogik system will monitor people`s movement. Pitney Bowes provides asset-management software for street furniture. Elsewhere, Defra’s air-quality database, the Environment Agency’s flood monitoring platform, Hydro-Logic flooding alert sensors and the Astun iShare GIS web mapping portal – provide the rest of the data. 

Stage three is the implementation of the platform and bringing all of the systems onto the OS. This is expected to take around a year. This allows for stage four –gathering insights. Stage five is about determining outcomes based on those insights. "Our platform will enable Hull to become a “programmable city” and move from outdated siloed service-driven technologies to a central platform to improve service delivery, reduce costs and to make the most of new technologies such as IoT (Internet of Things), AI (Artificial Intelligence) and machine learning algorithms,” says Furqan Alamgir, Founder and CEO of Connexin. 

Engaging the public and managing stakeholders 

While the data will be used by Hull City Council to improve its services across the board, the aim is to provide insights to businesses and the public too. As the systems are integrated with the OS, they will be exposed to Hull’s businesses and private residents. This, it is hoped, will encourage start-ups to create new technologies that the city can then pull into its Smart City OS.

“For us, it is not just about smart cities,” says Mike Kenworthy, assistant director of digital and

ICT for Hull City Council, which is managing the project. “We are looking at utilising IoT and data – that we potentially collect from other sources as well –to find innovative approaches to any problem.”

One of the biggest challenges for the project is managing the stakeholders, who are spread across various departments within the council, plus other organisations such as Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, and the University of Hull. Hull City Council is taking a ‘one council’ approach to managing it all. People see the council as ‘the council’ not as a series of separate services.

Constant engagement with stakeholders across all service sectors is crucial.

The result

Due to its size, strong digital infrastructure, and lessons learned from other smart city projects, Hull City Council has been able to skip the pilot phase and roll out Smart City OS across the city. This could potentially cause Hull to leap up the UK smart city league tables.

Hale and Kenworthy are confident that it will bring considerable economic benefits to the region, making the city particularly attractive to tech firms. While the council has a lofty

ambition to make Hull the world’s smartest city, the objective is primarily to benefit the people of the city. “We do not want to be a smart city because it is cool,” says Kenworthy. “We have to be sure that what we are doing is for the benefit of the city.”

Source: Association of Project Management (APM)

Link: hull-s-journey-to-becoming-a-programmable-city/

- accessed 16/2/23

It is recommended that you should also conduct your own independent research to strengthen your knowledge of this project.



In the role of a Senior Project Manager, you are required to prepare a project management report for the Hull Smart City OS project by leveraging on the techniques and concepts you have covered in the module. This report is to support business continuity and resilience of the project management function.

The report must include the following tasks - ONLY the first three parts of TASK 1 are required for the formative (1000 words). Note – ALL tasks are required for the summative (5,000 words)


1.1  - The Project Manager (10 marks)

Critically discuss what key skills any present or future project manager of the Hull Smart City OS project needs to develop to be effective and reflect on possible actions the project manager of the Hull Smart City OS project should take to develop those skills. Support your arguments with academic literature and references to other similar real projects.

1.2  - Stakeholder Management and Engagement (10 marks)

Identify relevant internal and external stakeholders and create a stakeholder influence map for the Hull Smart City OS project and discuss why these are the most critical stakeholders emerging from your analysis. Afterwards, by leveraging on the academic literature and similar real projects, critically discuss how you engage the stakeholders you have identified with the Hull Smart City OS project.

1.3  - The Project Triangle (10 marks)

Critically discuss the importance of the various project triangle parameters that will need to be managed by the Hull Smart City OS project manager over the course of the project, and how they may inter-relate to each other. Discuss the impact of possible changes to this project. Support your arguments with academic literature and references to other similar real projects.


2.1  - Managing Budgets (10 marks)

Provide advice to the project manager on what resources may be required for this project and what could be an effective cost estimation technique for the Hull Smart City OS project and explain the importance of baselining the activities, determining a critical path and the difference between top-down and bottom-up approaches to cost estimation. Support your arguments with academic literature and references to other similar real projects.

2.2  - Risk Management within the Project (10 marks)

Develop a risk analysis by constructing a risk register to critically evaluate the importance of risk management for the Hull Smart City OS project. You should identify at least six risks that the Hull Smart City OS project should be aware of by using the appropriate categories (e.g., environmental, operational, financial, strategic, reputational, compliance, etc…). For this analysis, an appropriate risk register format with mitigating actions, should be used. Also,

explain the difference between risk appetite and risk attitude in the context of Hull City Council

2.3  – Change Management (10 marks)

Critically discuss the importance of managing change in the Hull Smart City OS over the course of the project. Detail how change arising from projects is controlled and managed in an organisation. Explain the importance of a change control board and due diligence in managing and authorising change. Support your arguments with academic literature and references to other similar real projects.


3.1  - Conflicts and Negotiation (10 marks)

Identify six conflicts that may arise when running the Hull Smart City OS project and their sources. Once you have identified those potential conflicts, critically discuss which actions can be taken by the project manager to resolve them and suggest appropriate conflict management and/or negotiation strategies to address these. Support your arguments with academic literature and references to other similar real projects.

3.2  – Leadership (10 marks)

Identify, compare and contrast leadership styles and management behaviours for the Hull Smart City OS project and discuss why these are critical to improving the effectiveness and success of the project. Describe, giving examples, what techniques can be used to mitigate the different types of bias that could possibly occur when solving problems and making decisions. Afterwards, by leveraging on the academic literature and similar real projects, critically discuss which leadership traits or leadership styles you would recommend for the Hull Smart City OS project.

3.3  – Teamwork (10 marks)

Critically discuss what the project manager can do to build a highly successful team for the Hull Smart City OS project. In particular, focus on the importance of how a diverse team can improve project performance. Critically reflect on what actions the project manager can take to build a diverse team for the Hull Smart City OS project, and detail what are some of the challenges of working in diverse teams in terms of EDI (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion)?

Presentation and Structure (10 marks)

The report must be in clear font (e.g., Arial/Calibri point size 11) with consistent format styles, automatic page numbers and table of contents. Line spacing should be 1.5.

Word count: 5000 words (Summative)

Your report structure should include the following sections: 

Cover page (University cover sheet) Table of Contents

Table of Figures (optional)

List of Abbreviations (if appropriate)



1.1  Project Manager

1.2  Stakeholder Engagement and Management

1.3  The Project Triangle 


2.1  Managing Finances

2.2  Risk Management within the project

2.3  Change Management 


3.1  Conflict and Negotiation

3.2  Leadership

3.3  Teamwork Conclusion


Appendix (if appropriate)

NOTE: The word count of (5,000 words) only applies to the main body (shown in bold); i.e., cover page, table of contents, list of abbreviations, references, assessment self-evaluation and appendix are not part of the word count.

All submissions must be written in an academic style (not first person) and any figures, diagrams and independent research must be appropriately referenced using the Harvard Referencing System.

If you have any further questions about this coursework assignment, please contact the module leader or the tutor.

Tip for Mapping the Assessment towards Module Topics and Module Learning Outcomes (LOs)

Assessment Task

Module Topic


Module LOs (Learning Outcomes)




The Project Manager






Strategically apply relevant project management

practices within organisations

Stakeholder Management and Engagement

The Project Triangle


Managing Finances




Critically appraise project management principles and environmental contexts in which projects can be delivered.

Risk Management

Within a Project

Change Management



Conflicts and





Critically evaluate how project management

behaviours can promote organisational success.



Presentation and Structure







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