THE ORION SHIELD PROJECT ANALYSIS

The Orion Shield Project AnalysisAmanda KieblerUniversity of Maryland University College

THE ORION SHIELD PROJECT ANALYSIS

After studying the Orion Shield Project , each student critically discusses the technical , ethical , legal , contractual and other project management issues that faced program manager Gary Allison . He or she decides weher Gary has done well and where not, in a succint report that includes an executive summary . After you view the video reading the transcripts as desired , you'll likely agree that Gary Allison has not done well as Orion Shield R&D program mananger. Your task is to identify and discuss the technical, ethical , legal , contractual , and other project management issues that he faced. There are difficulties in each of these areas . Name names as you identify the culprits in this case . Include a results filled executive summary at the beginning of your report.

THE ORION SHIELD PROJECT ANALYSIS

THE ORION SHIELD PROJECT ANALYSIS

The Orion Shield Project is a practical story of a newly appointed project manager whose poor leadership, unbalanced actions and unethical decision resulted in almost failing a project of manufacturing a Shuttle Launch Booster component for NASA. While the project was originally subcontracted by another company, it eventually produced a product that met most of the requirements, but the project was overwhelmed by many technical, ethical, legal, contractual and other project management challenges that caused cost overruns, strained internal relationships and customer distrust and dissatisfaction. These serious issues could be properly addressed with adequate management support, effective training, timely communication, and proper software tools which are vital for any project success. Thus the project could meet all its requirements as well as the internal and external stakeholder satisfaction.

Shih-Yung Lin, structural lead for the Orion heat shield project, talks about the heat shield's arrival at NASA Langley.

Question:
From the Orion Shield Project can you identify and discuss the technical, ethical, legal,
contractual and other project management issues that he has faced. There are
difficulties in each...

The Orion Shield Project


Click the ABOUT SEC button (upper right corner of the screen) to learn more about Scientific Engineering Corporation and the Orion Shield Project. Then click the forward arrow to start the scenario.Space Technology Industries (STI) is the prime contractor for the NASA's Shuttle Launch Booster Program. If Scientific Engineering Corporation successfully bids and wins the Orion Shield project, it will be a subcontractor to STI. The criteria for subcontractor selection are based not only on low bid, but also on technical expertise and management performance on other projects. SEC management believes it has a distinct advantage over most of the other competitors because they have successfully worked on other projects for Space Technology Industries.The purpose of the Orion Shield Project is to improve the structural capabilities of the Shuttle Launch Booster, a launch rocket booster used by NASA. The Shuttle Launch Booster exhibits fatigue failure after six years in the field -- three years less than what the original design specifications called for. NASA wants new materials that support a longer age life for the Shuttle Launch Booster.The basic concepts of project management calls for proper planning, organization and the management of a variety of resources in order to successfully achieve a certain goal. The most important job of a project management is to deliver results within time constraints as well as according to a budget. Effective project managers strategically facilitate the entire project management process to ensure the project’s success. To do this the project manager must adequately meet the specific requirements (i.e., time, scope, quality, and cost) set forth by the project and its stakeholders. Project control is essential but if implemented incorrectly it can have devastating effects on the outcome of a project. Incorrect implementation of project control was the ultimate downfall for Gary Allison. The technical, ethical, legal, contractual and communication issues of project management will be discussed as they pertain to the Orion Shield Project. A thorough analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of Gary Allison will also be discussed.Click the ABOUT SEC button (upper right corner of the screen) to learn more about Scientific Engineering Corporation and the Orion Shield Project. Then click the forward arrow to start the scenario.Click the ABOUT SEC button (upper right corner of the screen) to learn more about Scientific Engineering Corporation and the Orion Shield Project. Then click the forward arrow to start the scenario.The purpose of this paper is to analyze the implications that Gary Larsen was faced with as project manager in the Orion Shield Project Case Study. Gary Larsen, who was chosen as project manager was faced with many hurdles and his inexperience as the project manager definitely had negative implications on the triple constraints of the project: scope, time and cost. In this paper, I will address the problems Gary Allison faced: contractual, legal, ethical, technical and project management. Henry Larsen chose Gary Allison to be project manager, knowing full well he did not have the knowledge, nor the know-how to be a project manager, especially of such a big project. I will address Henry Larsen’s unethical behavior and poor leadership skills as well. Henry Larsen tried to put all the blame on his project manager, but he as a sponsor was practically absent and let the project get totally out of control.During the course of the Orion Shield Project, Gary encountered several technical, ethical, legal, and contractual project management issues. His lack of project management experience was evident from the beginning, and throughout the project Gary failed to recognize that a project manager is responsible for the errors of the project.