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Group Project Part 1: Project Initiation and Scoping   group.svg


  • Understand the problem statement.
  • Define project scope and objectives.

Module 1:

  • Introduction to the water crisis.
  • Basics of project scoping.


  • A 2-5 page Project Scope Document outlining objectives, target audience, and limitations.


On a bright Monday morning, the atmosphere in conference room B is tinged with a mix of anticipation and focus. Emma, the Program Manager and project sponsor, takes her seat at the head of the long glass table, her laptop open. She looks around the room, taking note of the key members of the cross-functional team: Lisa from Engineering, Raj from Logistics, and several other domain experts who will form the backbone of the Water Purification Project for Rural Communities. You and your team are there as the project managers.

"As you all know," Emma starts, "we have just six months to develop a scalable and efficient water purification system, and we have a budget of $1 million to create 1,000 units. This is a highly ambitious project, and it's vital for enhancing the quality of life in rural communities that lack access to clean water."

Lisa, the Engineering Lead, nods and chimes in, "From the engineering standpoint, we need to focus on using sustainable materials and renewable energy sources. I propose we create a sub-team to conduct rapid prototyping by the end of month (module) two. That way, we can quickly figure out the technical limitations and possibilities."  Sidd, her deputy engineer, smiles.  "We're on it.  We are considering.." (he reads from his laptop):

"Reverse Osmosis: A highly effective method for removing a large majority of contaminants from water, although it's generally more expensive and energy-intensive.

UV Treatment: Ultraviolet light can be used to kill bacteria and viruses, although it doesn't remove chemical contaminants.

Activated Carbon Filters: These remove organic compounds, improving taste and odor. They can be used in conjunction with other purification methods, but not stand-alone.

Ceramic Filters: Effective for removing bacteria and protozoa, but not viruses or chemical contaminants.

Reed Bed Filtration: Low cost once established, effective, sustainable, environmentally friendly.

Distillation: This involves boiling water and collecting the vapor, leaving contaminants behind. While effective, it's also energy-intensive and can be slow.

Chlorination: Adding chlorine is an effective way to kill bacteria, but it's not as effective against some other types of organisms and can leave a residual taste.  Also, it is tricky to ship large quantities."

Raj, the Logistics Manager, leans back in his chair and interjects, "Thanks, those are interesting options, and each has its challenges to ship and install.  We'll also need to consider shipping and storage, especially since we're talking about deploying these units in rural areas. Road conditions, climate, and local resources could all be factors. So, I'd like to parallelly conduct a logistics survey to understand these challenges better." Emma smiles at both of them, impressed by their foresight. "Excellent points, both of you. Let's include these action items in our project scope document, which our Lindsey Wilson project management team will work on. It's going to be a demanding six months, but if any team can pull this off, it's this one."

Maria, the Financial Analyst, and Tim, Legal Counsel, both nod.  Maria says, "The $1 million budget looks appropriate, and we will try to procure funding based on that amount.  Our initial plan shows a $500,000 Research, Development, and Testing budget, with a $1000 per unit production and fielding cost once we settle on the technical solution.  So $500,000 for fielding all 500 units during the Execution phase.  One million total."

And so, with a clear yet ambitious project scope, the team dives headlong into what promises to be an intense, transformative journey with a clear yet ambitious project scope, the team dives headlong into what promises to be an intense, transformative journey.

Welcome to the accelerated six-module Water Purification Project!Your task is to leverage project management and system design principles to address an urgent issue – providing clean water in rural communities. Working in teams, you will research, design, and present a technology-enabled water purification system capable of producing at least 500 gallons of clean water per day per unit. With a generous budget of $1 million for 1,000 units, you'll focus on scalability, efficiency, and sustainability.

Project Scope Document

Objectives1. **Research**: Investigate existing water purification technologies and methods.
2. **Design**: Develop a scalable, efficient water purification system prototype.
3. **Budgeting and Resources**: Outline the budget and resources needed for 1,000 units.
4. **Implementation Plan**: Create a detailed deployment plan, focusing on rapid rollout.
5. **Monitoring and Control**: Design a control system for remote monitoring.
6. **Sustainability**: Ensure the system can be sustainably operated and maintained.


1. **Budget**: $1 million for 1,000 units.  Includes installation and training of local users.
2. **Time**: Six-month project timeline.
3. **Resource Availability**: Use materials readily available or easily sourced for rural communities.
4. **Energy**: Prioritize renewable energy sources.


1. **Clean Water Output**: At least 500 gallons per day per unit.
2. **Quality Standards**: Must meet or exceed World Health Organization standards.
3. **Ease of Use**: Minimal training required for operation.
4. **Scalability**: Must be scalable for deployment across multiple communities.


Use your textbook and PMI.org resources to prepare your deliverables.Your evaluation will be based on the feasibility, scalability, and quality of your deliverables, as well as your final presentation. Good luck!View Rubric

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