The Spider Project Essay

6398 Words Aug 29th, 2013 26 Pages

Parks Corporation is a company that concentrated mainly on R&D business, doing projects for the Department of Defense. Parks Corporation has changed it’s focus over the years from predominantely R&D business to a low-cost production facility. The recession resulted in the company retrenching a number of employees, the staff compliment going from 6700 to 2200. In 1975, the corporate strategy changed again with the upturn of DoD spending. Parks began to beef up it’s R&D engineering staff.

Owing to the salaries that Parks was offering their access to experienced engineers was limited so they opted to employing mainly young inexperienced engineers, straight out of college, like Gary Anderson. Gary was an outstanding
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Solutions to Blue Spider Project being successful are:

Follow formal Project Management Methodology being followed.

• A competent project manager, involve the Programme Manager and Functional Management every step of the way. • • • • A competent project team, sufficient resources Top management support and leadership. Project aligned to Company Strategy with correct priority all through the project. Customer involvement and regular consultation (Lord’s Industries).

• Communication throughout the Project, proper monitoring, feedback, measurement, appraisals and review of deliverables.


With reference to the case, discuss the problems with their underlying causes.

The Blue Spider Project presented some major challenges, for Parks Corporation. At the onset of the Project there were already problems. In this case study, the functional manager (Henry Gable, director of engineering) selects the Project Manager for this Project, in this instance there was no consultation with the director of program management, Elliot Grey. Project Management guidelines are not being followed. Henry Gable is using Gary Anderson for his own agenda, he set the standards for the proposal and he also selected the Project Manager, using Gary Anderson’s inexperience to his own advantage. Henry Gable’s

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