Critically evaluate how organisations select projects from numerous opportunities using best practices in a global setting.

BPP Coursework Cover Sheet

Please use the table below as your cover sheet for the 1st page of the submission. The sheet should be before the cover/title page of your submission.

Module name

Advanced Project Management

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Assessment Title



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BPP School of Business and Technology

MSc Management with Project Management

Advanced Project Management

Formative Assessment Brief

1. General Assessment Guidance

Your formative assessment for this module is made up of this 1000-word submission,which accounts for 0% of your final module mark.

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2. Assessment Brief CASE STUDY

For this assessment you are required to choose one the following two scenarios:

Scenario 1 – Your own Project and Company

You can select a company and a project you are currently working on, or you have worked on in the past. You should have (or had) a role in the project.

If you choose this scenario, your report should start with a short introduction of no more than 100 words that includes:

  • A description of the company that you are working for or have worked with.
  • Your role in the project, e.g., project manager or project assistant etc.
  • A brief description of the project.

Please Note: You may not select Scenario 1 if you do not meet the above criteria

Scenario 2 - The Hilti Group implements the new cloud-based software Salesforce

In 2018 the Hilti Group (i.e., a multinational company that develops, manufactures and sales professional product for the construction sector), has decided after 20 years to update the IT software used by its marketing and sales employees and migrate from SAP to Salesforce (i.e., a new could-based CRM system).This change requires the migration of all information from the old SAP to the new Salesforce software and re-skilling of all IT, marketing and sales employees.The project is still running and by the time it will be completed, more than 20.000 employees across 23 countries will been involved and/or affected by this transformation. This project currently represents one of the biggest steps in Hilti’s digital transformation strategy to date.

Here are some additional resources for background information:

Additional independent research is needed to perform this assessment.When information is not available you can make your own assumptions, but you must list your assumptions and what they are based upon.

Your Task

You are a project management consultant and have been tasked by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company of your chosen scenario to provide a 1000-word consultancy report, written in an academic style about the project. The report must cover the following sections:

A. Project Selection and Portfolio Management (weighted 25% of final mark)

  • Critically discuss the concept of project selection and then advise the company about which screening module you would recommend they use for selecting projects that are aligned to their strategy (e.g., checklist, simplified scoring, analytical hierarchy, profile). Critically justify your recommendation.
  • Critically discuss the concepts and differences between Projects, Programs and Portfolios. Should your chosen scenario be project managed or program managed? Justify your explanation using academic literature.
  • Finally, give recommendations to the company on how to effectively manage a project portfolio using a suitable framework (e.g., you can use the project portfolio matrix or any other relevant frameworks or theoretical models to support your argument).

Please note, for this task, you are required to study the company of your chosen scenario and give them general recommendations on how to select projects and manage a portfolio of projects. You do not need to focus on the specific project presented in the scenario.

B. The Organisational Context (weighted 25% of final mark)

This part of the report focuses on the specific project presented in your chosen scenario (1 or 2).

  • Based on the company’s strategic goals and directions, critical discuss how your chosen project, is linked to the company’s strategy (you can use the TOWS matrix, or any other relevant framework or theoretical model to support your discussion).
  • Based on the company’s strategy and project, you are required to recommend an organisational structure (e.g., functional, divisional, project, matrix, hybrid, or any other relevant organisational structure), the company should adopt to increase the likelihood of success of the project.
  • Critically analyse three key factors that affect the development of an organisational culture and how these could relate to your project of choice.

C. Project Governance (weighted 25% of final mark)

This part of the report focuses on giving advice about the best way to make decisions within the project.

You are required to select two project governance frameworks of your choice (e.g., Stage Gate, OCG Gateway, Project Management Maturity, Praxis etc.). Critically discuss and compare the advantages and disadvantages of these two project governance frameworks, in relation to your project of choice.

  • Recommend to the CEO, which governance framework would enhance the success of your project. Justify your recommendation with the support of academic literature and references to other similar real-life projects
  • Critically evaluate the three pillars of Project Governance and recommend how they can relate to your project.
  • Critically evaluate how the Board of Directors could influence the Project Board and how this impact the outcome of a project. Support your evaluation with academic literature or/and similar case studies.

D. Presentation and Structure (weighted 15% of final mark)

The report will use a consistent approach to headings, tables, and graphs. Sources will be correctly cited and there will be a complete set of references in the correct format and in alphabetical order (using Harvard Referencing).There is evidence of extensive independent reading and research. Formatting and presentation is professional throughout.

E. Assessment Self-Evaluation (weighted 10% of final mark)

You are required to self-evaluate your report. Create a simple table or use the attached Table 1: below, where you award yourself a mark for each section A to F of the report and justify that mark, by referencing the rubric provided in the marking guide and attach it to your report.

Note, do not cut and paste the complete marking guide in Section 3 below, as this will result in a high similarity score.

Table 1: Self-evaluation table template


Your mark (distinction or merit or pass or fail)

Reason for your mark (from Section 3: marking guide)

A: Project Selection and Portfolio Management



B: Organisational Context



C: Project Governance



Additional Information:

Word count: 1000 words includes Sections A to F

Recommended Fonts: Times New Roman or Arial or Calibri (select one font for your complete assignment)

Font Size: 12

Recommended Line Spacing: 1.5

Your report structure should include the following sections:

Cover page (BPP University cover sheet) Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations (if appropriate)

Section: Recommended word count:

Introduction (only for Scenario 1)

A: Project Selection and Portfolio Management 330 words

B: Organisational Context 330 words

C: Project Governance 340 words

Assessment Self-Evaluation (table format) Appendix (if appropriate)

Word count – only applies to the main body (shown in bold); i.e., cover page, table of content, list of abbreviations, references, assessment self-evaluation and appendix are not part of the 1000-word count

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

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

Table 2: Mapping Table

Assessment Task

Module Topic

Module LOs

Project Selection and Portfolio Management

Project Selection and Portfolio Management

Critically evaluate how organisations select projects from numerous opportunities using best practices in a global setting.

Organisational Context

The Organisational Context of a Project: Strategy, Structure and Culture

Critically evaluate the organisational attributes that are integral to the success of a project within an organisational context.

Project Governance

Establishing Project Governance. Role of the Board of Directors from leadership and regulatory perspectives

Critically evaluate the organisational attributes that are integral to the success of a project within an organisational context.


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