Project planning gives direction. This allows an idea to develop and a detailed plan to accomplish the idea and make it a reality. By planning a project the person or group will follow a pretty orderly process from idea to completion. This gives the project a detailed and orderly process to follow. This process can include many objectives such as Cost, Schedule and Performance.
There were 21 different activities to be placed in the accurate sequence to successfully complete the first required task. The first task, D-Day-1, consisted of spotting the elephants, tranquilizing them, strapping them, lifting them, loading them onto a recovery truck, and sedating them to load into containers and aircraft to fly to Ungabo to feed and release them into the special conservation area. For example, to begin the transportation of the elephants to Ungoba they had to be not just loaded into a crate but tranquilized, sprayed down with water, fitted with a GPS collar and given a medical examine.
Also, the simulation posed a problem early in the project with the breakdown of one of the transport trucks. Just a couple factors to consider were the amount of time the elephants were sedated and the travel time to the airport, and how those factors were going to impact the original scope of the project and the timeline. As the project manager I had to consider the smallest factor and its impact on the entire project. The advantageous aspect of this was absence of multiple "hands in the pot". Having only one person in charge and responsible for the project greatly diminishes the possibility of multiple issues in making a decision and is less time consuming.
There were a couple of advantages and limitations of project management encountered in the simulation. The two major advantages were...