Project Management Analysis – Sydney Opera House


Project Management Analysis – Sydney Opera House

  • Introduction

Sydney Opera House (appendix 8.1) is an iconic building in Australia and one of the largest projects undertaken in Sydney towards the last century.  It was conceptualized on November 11, 1954 when honorable John Joseph Cahill, the then Premier of New South Wales, called a meeting that discussed establishing an opera house for entertainment (Watson, 2006). Through a global competition for the design, Danish Jorn Utzon was awarded the bid for  designing the project and construction began in 1959 with an estimated completion time of four years at an estimated budget of AU$7 million (Utzon, 2002; Drew, 1999). This study analyzes the project from project management principle perspectives, detailing reasons for failure.

  • Stakeholders

A project is a collaborative undertaking of different stakeholders who hold different interests. A project stakeholder is any entity that is affected by the project (Pitt, 2018). Effective project management requires balancing the interests of all the stakeholders because conflicting interests is a recipe for project failure (Lock, 2007). The following were the major stakeholders



Project Analysis Report (Graded)
Assessment #2 – Project Analysis Report
Value: 35% Length: 1500 words
Assessment Description
The main objective of this assignment is to reinforce the importance of project definition and needs identification
in the initial phase of the project life cycle. The success of a project is affected by the way a project’s objective
(s) is defined, planned and managed. Unfortunately, successful project managers do fail; the key difference in
strategic project management is that they learn from their mistakes. Project managers also learn from their
successes and are constantly searching for new strategies to further improve their projects. In highly successful
projects you are likely to find an excellent and valuable project team, a motivated project manager and a very
efficient project structure.
This assessment is designed to lead you through the systematic analysis and evaluation of a project. Your role
is to critically analyse one real project. It is important that you do not summarise what happened in the project
but instead systematically analyse and offer critical comments and insights based on your understanding of
project management.
The Project
Search for a real project. You can choose a project that was completed successfully or one that was not
completed successfully. Please note that we strongly encourage the selection of projects related to your field of
study (i.e. Health, Art, IT, Management, Construction, Engineering, etc).
You are encouraged to search the Web for your selected project and to collect any information about the
project, making sure to cover different viewpoints. This could include searching in newspapers, project
management magazines, and journals.
Write a report that critically analyses how the project was planned and performed. The report should include:
1. A brief introduction to the project.
Provide an overview of the project you have analysed. This should explain what the project was and the context
in which it took place. Also, include clear identification of the objective(s) and scope of the project.
2. A project stakeholder analysis.
3. A brief description of how the project was managed (e.g. strategy, key events, tools used etc).
Describe the implementation phase of the project. In particular, explain whether the project ran to plan – in
which case explain the benefits of careful planning to the project manager. Alternatively, if the project deviated
from the plan, why did this occur and what was the impact of these deviations on the project?
4. A critical analysis of the project outcome (i.e. the critical factors that made this project a success or a
5. Conclude by reflecting on the project and your analysis. What did you learn? What good practices will you,
as a manager, take from this to future projects? What activities would you not do in the future and why?
6. Recommendation/s to improve the project work in the future (based on what you have learned from this
7. Appendices as appropriate.
References are required wherever you have used the ideas from a source. For this assessment that might
mean you only refer to sources where you have found information on the project and those that refer to theories
and concepts covered in the course. However, as your role is to critically analyse the project, you should
also introduce your own ideas and interpretations. Project Management Analysis – Sydney Opera House.
The report should not exceed 1500 words and should be formatted using 1.5 line spacing and a font size of
12pt. The word limit does not include the appendix or the executive summary. Guidelines on writing a report
can be accessed at
Note: Before your final submission please check turnitin matching percentage for your write up.
Matching percentage of your final write up should be less than 25% (excluding the references). If
matching percentage exceeds 25% (excluding the references) there is a cause of concern related to
academic integrity (Plagiarism). Project Management Analysis – Sydney Opera House.
The assessment will be marked according to the criteria and standards outlined in the feedback sheet……….. Project Management Analysis – Sydney Opera House……