The paper 'The Management and Production Project at Delamere Pottery Limited" is a good example of a management case study. The one hundred years trading of the T. G. Delamere & Co. Ltd. ended when it underwent a management bought-out headed by TGD’ s managing director Malcolm Lewis with Delamere Pottery Limited. High street banks and venture capitals financed this MOB. The organisational structure of Delamere was divided into three-level, namely: the senior management, middle/supervisor management and blue-collar workers. Malcolm Lewis as the managing director headed it. The competition in the market is becoming so aggressive that the company decided to conduct a marketing and investment strategy that is designed to achieve two primary business objectives To maintain and grow their market position To improve customer service and responsiveness to demand, also to facilitate inventory reduction. The new management drafted a revised business strategy and a new business plan to answer some of the demands of the changing market.
They conducted a process evaluation to identify the lead times and delivery performance made by the company. The result of the investigation led them to the formation of a project team that works on the application of integrated Manufacturing, Planning and Control (MPC) procedure using a new plant operated by computer-aided manufacturing (CAM).
The team was composed of existing staff from Delamere. The first 6 months of the project runs smoothly. All the activities were finished on time. But in the 7th month, the activities started to lag behind schedule. The board had decided to put the project on hold due to so many problems that happened. Question No. 1 The Project Management Process The project management process can be divided into two parts, project management planning and project control.
Project management planning is the development of a workable project management plan that describes project tasks in terms of “ who does what” , “ when” , “ at what cost” and “ to what specification” . This integrated plan of the project should be at a level of detail that the project manager considers necessary and sufficient to enable effective and efficient project control.
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