David Sandlin Implementation of an Upgrade of the Local Area Network for Sugar Land Bible Church
Unit 3: 4/18/05 - 4/24/05
Tasks
1) Design network infrastructure [Completed] - The network infrastructure has been designed and documented.
2) Develop upgrade and migration processes [Completed] - The upgrade and migration processes have been determined and documented.
3) Order hardware [Completed] - The network and server hardware has been ordered. This task was completed earlier than scheduled to allow more time for building the test network and testing.
4) Order software [Completed] - The software has been ordered. This task was completed earlier than scheduled to allow more time for building the test network and testing.
Decisions
It was decided that the hardware and software orders would be submitted earlier than scheduled to allow more time to build the test network. Building the test network earlier will allow more time for testing the migration processes and for the users to review the features and functionality.
Learning

1) Helpful feedback was provided from the stakeholders and users regarding the escalation of the hardware and software ordering. Dr. Bender provided feedback regarding the documentation of research information.
2) I utilized the church secretary, Janet Faught, to obtain the required information for making tax-exempt purchases. This taught me the requirements of the state of Texas for making purchases as part of a tax-exempt entity. I also learned that vendors require additional information and paperwork before allowing a tax-exempt purchase, which makes online shopping very difficult. I also used $1,930 of the designated $2,000 budget to purchase the required hardware and software for the project.
3) I used the following web site http://www.sharonbender.com/research_writing.html to gain more information on how to present research information. I learned about what Dr. Bender calls the Research Trio. The trio is made up of the Three R's of Research, according to Dr. Bender. The R's are recommend, research and report. Recommend means to develop the question. In this case the question was how do I do better research writing? Research means to perform the investigation. I used Dr. Bender's web site to perform the needed investigation on research writing. Report means to produce the determination. I am writing about what I learned regarding research writing. This endeavor should assist me in producing better answers to the research questions.

4) In general I learned that I need to do a better job of answering the learning questions. I also learned a way in which to do a better job of answering the learning questions. Another lesson learned is the difficulty introduced into the purchasing process for tax-exempt organizations. Lastly, I learned the positive effect "crashing the critical path" has on a project schedule. By performing critical path tasks earlier or faster, the project schedule is accelerated.

Indicators
1) Everything went well this week.
2) All the scheduled tasks were completed and some additional tasks were completed sooner than scheduled.
3) The project is still on track to finish on schedule.
4) It is unlikely that the contingency plan will be needed.

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