Assessment Three: Reflective Essay
A critical evaluation of your experience undertaking a project, with reference to theory.
Engaging in critical evaluation
This critical evaluation essay requires you to review your experience of undertaking a project – assessment Task 2. It requires you to critically analyse your experience undertaking Assessment Task 2 in light of the theory we have discussed this session. You are required to critically evaluate how you and your team members did – or did not – utilise the project management tools that you have discovered this session.
Critically discuss how your experience in Assessment Task 2 aligned (or did not align) with project management principles. Analyse your experience against at least three (3) knowledge areas. You may choose to use positive or negative experiences, although students tend to learn more from reflecting on negative experiences in a reflective essay. You will be expected to:
• Introduce the essay
• BRIEFLY describe the situation/s you are going to discuss
• Link the experience to the theory we have discussed this session
• Provide insight into how you engaged in, or contributed to, the situation
Provide insight, in light of what you have experienced and learned, into what you would do differently the next time you undertake a project
• Conclude the essay
You must refer to the literature and use at least three (3) different textbook or academic quality references.
“People have been undertaking projects in the past and continue to in the present. Projects are temporary and should be distinguished from ongoing tasks; they have a timeframe. Project management principles help managers handle the complexities that come up during this period of accomplishing a task. These principles include:
1. Vision and Mission: clarifies the expected outcomes
2. Business Objectives/ Goals
3. Standards of Engagement including the stakeholders involved
4. Intervention and Execution Strategy
5. Organizational Alignment: through proper communication
6. Measurement and Accountability: scorecards can be used”