The Concorde Project

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1. “The Concorde project can be regarded as a technical and engineering triumph but a commercial disaster.” What is the criterion for judging the success of a project? The success of a project is based on schedule, performance, and cost. The project needs to stay on schedule. Performance is how well the project scope is done. Lastly, the cost of the project needs to stay within the agreed-upon budget. 2. The case attributes the failure of the Concorde project to non-adherence to the most basic rules of project management. Comment. The Concorde project failed by going against the three criteria listed above. First, there was no schedule for when the individual tasks were to be done. As the case says, there were structures and programs proposed to the treaty between France and Britain, but they were in imprecise terms. With no schedule set in stone, there was no way for management to oversee the work being done and ensure that things were progressing correctly. That leads into performance. Without a clear scope, there is nothing written down as far as deliverables go. From what I can tell, the only deliverable was a supersonic jet. There should have been a proper work scope that laid out the deliverables at each stage, along with criteria that measures the quality of the work being performed. The cost was a big one with this project. As mentioned above, a project needs to stay within the budget set forth by the work scope. Unfortunately, the treaty did not specify a financial limit. This type of oversight will not stop a project from being completed – after all, they did build a plane – but with no budget, costs can easily get out of control. Poor planning is even mentioned in the case study when it came to some important factors that were not taken into account. The fuel cost for the jet ended up being much higher than anticipated. Also,

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