A critique or critical analysis is a review or appraisal based on careful analytical
evaluation. Writing a critical analysis requires you to read the selected document in
detail and to also read other related texts so that you can present a fair and evaluation
of the selected document.
document of the PMBOK – the PMP. Critical thinking and analysis are important
components of being a professional. If you do not think critically you will only have a
superficial view. To be a successful project manager you need to sort out what's
accurate and what's not, and you need to identify a solid, factual base for solving
problems and addressing issues on your project.
For assistance in critical writing techniques, see
Federation University’s General Guide to Writing and Study Skills, in particular pp. 27 –
29 on Critical Thinking. For another example, try
The purpose of this PMP critique is to prepare you for developing your own PMP. After
this PMP critique, you should understand and appreciate the structure and content
required for a good PMP so that you are able to complete the construction of a PMP for
An electronic copy of the PMP for you to evaluate and critique -
ITECH_2250_A2_S8_2018_201807_PMP_for_Critique – as well as this assignment, are
contained in the zip file - ITECH2250_A2_S8_2018_201807_PMP_Critique.zip in the
Assessment section of your Moodle shell.
Your critical analysis will understand (interpret and summarise), analyse and evaluate
(judge) key aspects of the assigned PMP. You should adopt Schwalbe1 (2010, pp.151-
154; 2014, pp.161-164; 2016, pp. 158-161) and the PMI’s (2013, p.77) PMBOK Guide
as frameworks for comparison and evaluation. In the Topic 3 section of your Moodle
shell, under the Week 3: Additional Learning Resources section you will find a copy of
the Schwalbe 2010 layout - Week 3: Reading 1 (Schwalbe, 2010) and the PMI
PMBOK Guide PMP contents – Week 3: Reading 4 (PMI, 2013).
You may also like to review Appendix A - PMP Critique Guide at the end of this document
for some suggestions or interpretations of Schwalbe’s understanding of what should be
in a PMP.
When reviewing the PMP think about the following:
1. The common techniques and tools used in PMP presentation;
2. The most effective or the best techniques and tools for each component of the PMP;
3. the layout and usability of the given PMP;
4. The structure and components of the given PMP;
5. The content of the given PMP - how and why the particular information is used;
6. How each section and the overall content is presented, especially the conciseness, format, and style;
7. what planning tools the authors have used;
8. any content that has been omitted;
9. any additional content that has been included – is it necessary? does it suit the purpose?;
10. the language and form of expression used;
11. the overall quality and professionalism of the PMP;
12. The usefulness of the PMP for guiding the project
Your PMP critique report should be presented in a business or management style and structured as follows:
1 Schwalbe, K. (2016). Information Technology Project Management (8th ed.). Boston,
MA: Cengage Learning critical analysis of PMP:
o management and technical approach; o work to perform;
o schedule; and
o budget conclusions references; and
appendices (if needed)
Support your analysis with concepts and references from the work of others. Gather these references from various sources including the assigned text books and references, Course readings and reputable and reliable internet sites.
An electronic copy of your PMP Critique r e p o r t m u s t b e s u b m i t t e d via
Moodle. Partner students please refer to your course lecturer for submission
instructions. Please refer to the Course Description for information regarding late
assignments, extensions, special consideration and plagiarism. For further clarification
you may consult the academic regulations which can be accessed via the university’s
website, see: http://federation.edu.au/staff/governance/legal/feduni-legislation/feduni-
Plagiarism is the presentation of the expressed thought or work of another person as
though it is one's own without properly acknowledging that person. You must not allow
other students to copy your work and you must take care to safeguard against this
happening. More information about the plagiarism policy and procedure for the
university can be found at http://federation.edu.au/students/learning-and-study/online-
Your work will need to comply with the following:
A report of a minimum of 2000 words that provides evidence of critical analysis of the
provided PMP and that satisfies items within the marking rubric. You must include:
o a description of your understanding of the PMP’s purpose;
o a written interpretation and synthesis of key components;
o analysis and evaluation of key aspects of the PMP and the strengths and weaknesses
o your assessment of the usefulness of the PMP to guide the project
In your discussion you must identify and analyse key issues. This must reference the content of the various theoretical frameworks such as Schwalbe (2010; 2014) and the PMI (2013) PMBOK guide, and must be supported by judgements based on sound academic reasoning.
Multiple references (at least nine appropriate references are expected) should be used.
These must be acknowledged through the use of in-text citation and a Reference List.
The citations and References List must comply with the APA citation style (see
Federation University’s General Guide to Referencing). In-text references should be used
in such a way as to provide support for the work and these references should come from
a wide variety of sources such as books, journals and reputable and reliable websites.
Your report should be presented as a business or management style report that adheres
to academic writing presentation standards. It must contain high quality academic
presentation, expression and features as outlined in:
o The University’s Assignment Layout and Appearance Guidelines;
o the University style guide - https://federation.edu.au/current-students/learning-
and-study/online-help-with/study-skills-and-writing-guides - which covers Federation
University’s General Guide to Writing and Study Skills (above), General Guide to
Referencing (above); and
o Features of Academic Writing (from UEfAP.com)
Appendix A - PMP Critique Guide
The following details are designed to assist ITECH2250 IT Project Management
Techniques students in identifying and evaluating content and quality aspects of Project
Management Plans (PMP) as outlined by Schwalbe (2010, pp.151- 154; 2014, pp.161-
164; 2016, pp. 158-161). This is a guide and is not a template. Students are expected
to use additional resources to help with their critique.
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