Small project management : the 3-D life cycle : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)
During the summer of 1992, I worked as a systems intern at a large pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly and Company. I was assigned what is considered to be a small project in this context. This project consisted of creating a computerized tutorial for an auditing program currently in use in the auditing field. Throughout my internship, I spent much time attending seminars and classes. Approximately 50 person days were devoted to the completion of my project.In order to complete this project, it was required that I first learn the concept of small project management. Because of the limited amount of time and resources, small projects must be managed differently than larger projects. Many of the same procedures are performed, however, on a much smaller scale. In addition, these procedures often have to be adapted to satisfy the distinct needs of each small project. The small project development methodology in which I followed when creating my tutorial can be referred to as the 3-D Life Cycle.This paper first discusses the major issues relating to project management in general. It will then narrow the discussion to the systems development life cycle methodology in which is most appropriate for small projects. Each phase of the 3-D life cycle will be broken down into the various tasks and examined in greater detail. Finally, the effect that using this methodology had on my project will be evaluated.After reading this paper, you will have abetter understanding of the differences between small and large projects. It should be clear that some project management technique should be applied to all projects, regardless of size. In addition, you should realize the benefits that the 3-D life cycle has to offer the systems developer and howto apply this methodology to your own small projects.