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Project Plan: Speaking Gloves
ProjectLeader: Tory Kinderman
Team Members: Sarah Jones, Jessica Michelle & Chase Aaron
*(Team member names were changed to remain confidential)
Founded in 2010, Lingua Technologies, owns and operates five technological manufacturing
facilities located in New York, California, Illinois, Texas, and North Dakota. The New York facility
not only holds our corporate office, but also provides a workspace for the innovative minds
behind many of our ventures. Some of the technologies available includecomputer software,
mobile applications, and our newest venture—wearable technology. As a global technological
organization, we hope to improve the lives of individuals who are unable to speak through our
Lingua Technologies will develop a technological glove capable of translating the movements of
sign language into audio. This technology will facilitatethe communication between an
individual using sign language and those that do not understand sign language. The
technology can also aide in the learning process for individuals learning sign language.
The gloves are produced with a standard color of black and come in four sizes ranging from
small too extra-large. Glove covers will be availablefor an additional price to change the
appearance of the glove. The glove covers are in seven different skin tones and ten designer
prints. An unlimited number of glove designs are possible depending on customer demand and
1. Receive invoice for order in corporate office
2. Schedule order in factory for production
3. Produce the needed number of gloves
a. Production Process:
i. Purchase supplies from outside vendors
ii. Store supplies within warehouse
iii. Manufacture some supplies onsite
iv. Assembly of product
v. Store in warehouse for shipment
4. Send gloves to the inspection and testing center
5. Box gloves and instructions
6. Send boxed product to shipping center/warehouse
7. Ship the product to the distributor or customer
Sign language is a fantastic way for individuals who are unable to speak to communicate with
others; however, what if someone does not know how to read sign language?
The technology consists of a pair of specifically modifiedgloves that contain touch sensors,
gyroscopes, and accelerometers. While communicating with sign language the gloves are able
to detect movement and translate it to audible speech via speakers embedded within the gloves
or other mobile devices. The technology is currently able to translate into ten different
languages with an unlimited number of languages that could be programmed with future
demand. The gloves can also be custom programmed to recognized special hand movements
that are unique for the individual.
Lingua Technologies has extensive experience and resources in the technology required to
produce these gloves. The gloves are a new, innovative product line that will require research
and development in addition to marketing strategies. We aim to become the global leaders in
wearable technology for individuals unable to speak.
Meet all project deadlines without delaying
Excellent = 0 missed deadlines
Good = 1-3 missed deadlines
Acceptable = < 5 missed deadlines
Refine glove technology to maximize ease of
Excellent = no issues obtaining this
Good = 1-3 setbacks
Acceptable = 4-5 set backs
Establish production methods which produce
10,000 pairs of gloves within one year
Excellent = 10,000+ gloves within 1st
Good = 8,000 gloves within 1st
Acceptable= >6,000 gloves within 1st
Produce basic gloves with a market price no
more than $100 with acceptable profit margin
Excellent = < $60
Good = $61-$80
Acceptable = $81-$100
Research marketing strategies and create
marketing plan within the next 6 months
Excellent = deadline met within 3 months
Good = deadline met within 4-5 months
Acceptable = deadline met at 6 months
Maintain within budget for research,
production, marketing and distribution
Excellent = 1/2 of budget
Good = 3/4 of budget
Acceptable = within budget
Maintain a minimum of 95% customer
satisfaction after product launch
Excellent = > 98% customer satisfaction
Good = 96-97% customer satisfaction
Acceptable = 95% customer satisfaction
Some of the equipment would be purchased from outside vendors that specialize in this kind of
technology while we produce some of the product aspects within our New York facility.
The New York facility will also be assembling the products as we believe that much of the
process should remain close to our design team. Our New York facility has the space and
technical expertise to handle this project.
We will ensure we are using top of line technological equipment and software so we have the
capability to track supplies and product throughout the entire process.
Additionally, needed staff will have access to the real-time inventory system allowing them the
ability to foresee the items within our facilities.
We will have tests conducted randomly and frequently to ensure our products are of exceptional
Our in-house design team will have the ability to redesign the products as they are needed in
accordance with customer reviews and input.
A large portion of the budget will be devoted to product research and development. With that,
it’s entirely possible for the budget to increase; however, approval would need to consider
whether the increase in budget will affect the profitability in the future.
It’s important we consider improvements throughout the development process as ensuring the
customer receives the best product with the best features will only increase our profit margin.
Limit Plant Space
We will be reallocating parts of the New York facility to accommodate this product, there is no
need for additional building space. The space within the New York facility will house the design
team, warehouse, production and testing areas.
This reallocation will allow for the glove production to remain close to the design team;
however, we will be decreasing the production of other products.
A timeline will be created that outline the deadline dates for project team. We will readjust the
timeline for projects that are falling behind and be proactive in finding ways to meet those
deadlines without affecting the budget.
A contingency plan will be implemented in the event a project falls too far behind schedule.
Ensuring that the goals are being strictly met in accordance with the timeline will be of the
The project teams will ensure they are in accordance with any local, state or federal regulations
for safety. Additionally, we will implement internal controls ensuring every production and
product inspection will adhere to level higher than the industry standard.
Safety protocols will also need to be accordance with the insurance company and any financial
Using a real-time inventory system will aide in ensuring current orders are being packaged and
sent out to the distributor in a timely manner.
The warehouse will need to be redesigned in order to accommodate the new product along
with a new design that outlines where the products are being stored within the warehouse.
With the constant evolution of technology, our design team must stay educated in the current
trends and any new technology that would further improve the product.
Since 2010, Lingua technologies has been creating products and software that was aimed at
helping individuals with learning different languages. With this new venture, it would allow the
organization to change their target audience and further help others with the speaking gloves.
Although there will be hurdles as with any project, this technology could very well revolutionize
the way sign language is used. Furthermore, this would allow for a new sense of independence
for anyone who is unable to speak.
Cost Estimate and Budget
Packages June July August September October November December January February March April May Totals
Feasibility 5,653 5,653
Selection 10,250 16,539 26,789
Design 10,359 8,643 19,002
Engineering 19,203 22,356 26,535 19,358 16,525 16,759 120,736
Testing 2,351 9,434 10,349 1,230 23,364
service 6,535 15,764 16,577 16,575 5,249 60,700
Marketing 17,653 21,563 41,563 5,623 19,533 105,935
Packaging 15,688 20,245 28,635 12,364 76,932
Assembly 22,364 38,689 45,348 15,361 121,762
Close-out 5,647 4,635 1,060 11,342
Planned 15,903 46,101 30,999 28,886 28,792 33,409 51,406 53,828 100,747 83,843 81,880 16,421
Cumulative 15,903 62,004 93,003 121,681 150,681 184,090 235,496 289,324 390,071 473,914 555,794 572,215 572,215
Resource Leveling Table
Title Salary +
Hour Rate Fully Loaded
Weeks Total ($)
Engineer 76,960 37 51.8 40 25 51800
Tory Kinderman Safety
Engineer 72,800 35 49 40 20 39,200
Engineer 72,800 35 49 40 15 29,400
Abigail Hume Management
Manager 87,360 42 58.8 20 40 47,040
Manager 83,200 40 56 20 47 52,640
Debbie Long Industrial
Supervisor 56,160 27 37.8 20 35 26,460
Kole Myron Industrial
Supervisor 56,160 27 37.8 40 47 71,064
Accountant 93,600 45 63 15 52 49,140
Wyatt Bolin Quality
Engineer 72,800 35 49 40 49 96,040
Sean Smith Quality
Engineer 62,400 30 42 40 40 67,200
John Row Design Team
Design 66,560 32 44.8 35 6 9,408
Sean Martin Sales
Manager 58,240 28 39.2 40 8 12,544
Chase Logan Marketing
Manager 66,560 32 44.8 20 4 3,584
Dave Armitage Purchasing
Agent 56,160 27 37.1 30 15 16,695
Activity Duration Predecessors
(A)--Feasibility 10 Days --
(B)--Vendor Selection 35 Days A
(C)--Design 32 Days B
(D)--Engineering 115 Days C,A
(E)--Prototype Testing 82 Days D
(F)--Sales and Service 115 Days B,D
(G)--Marketing 89 Days B,D
(H)--Packaging 80 Days D
(I)--Assembly 86 Days H
(J)--Close-Out 62 Days I