Essays on Project Management: a Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling Case Study

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The paper "Project Management: a Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling" is a worthy example of a case study on management. Sydney Metro Northwest is the first phase of the Northwest Rapid Transit. This is Australia's largest public transport project at the moment. The fully automated metro system is scheduled to be opened in the first half of 2019. The second stage of the project is expected to extend the metro rail under the Sydney harbor to Bankstown. The project is a major boost in the number of trains across Sydney.

The $8.3 billion will provide a 60% increase in the number of trains catering for an extra 100,000 customers. Northwest Rapid Transit (NRT) a consortium formed in Hong Kong won the contract on the operations, trains, and systems for Sydney Metro Northwest. The scope of work for this project includes and not limited to: building the new railway and commuter car parks, delivering new generation metro trains, building, and operation of Sydney Metro Trains Facility, installing 23 kilometers of tracks and rail systems, converting the existing rail into the metro status and maintenance and operation for the Sydney Metro Northwest for next 15 years (NRT, 2017).

This project report will cover the environmental context in which the project is being delivered, project delivery progress to date, and the PMBoK knowledge areas in relation to project management. Lastly, the project report will look at the lessons learned and provide a conclusion based on the project assessment. Project environment/context Sydney Metro Northwest is based in Sydney Australia. The project is funded by the New South Wales Government (NSW). The project is the largest public-private partnership ever carried out in NSW.

This is the first stage of Sydney Rapid Transit which is in line with the government plan to modernize the Sydney railway system (NRT, 2017). The demand for large projects such as Sydney Rapid Transit is driven by economic development. NSW economy has been stable with the construction industry growth. NSW economic growth has been outpacing the rest of Australia due to a diversified economy.


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