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Project Plan

  1. 1. LINGUA TECHNOLOGIES Project Plan: Speaking Gloves ProjectLeader: Tory Kinderman Team Members: Sarah Jones, Jessica Michelle & Chase Aaron *(Team member names were changed to remain confidential)
  2. 2. Background 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 innovative technology. 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 input. Current Processes 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
  3. 3. 6. Send boxed product to shipping center/warehouse 7. Ship the product to the distributor or customer Project Overview 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. Objectives Goals Target Meet all project deadlines without delaying future projects Excellent = 0 missed deadlines Good = 1-3 missed deadlines Acceptable = < 5 missed deadlines Refine glove technology to maximize ease of use 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 year Good = 8,000 gloves within 1st year
  4. 4. Acceptable= >6,000 gloves within 1st year Produce basic gloves with a market price no more than $100 with acceptable profit margin after cost. 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 General Approach Managerial 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. Technical 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 quality.
  5. 5. Our in-house design team will have the ability to redesign the products as they are needed in accordance with customer reviews and input. Constraints Budget 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. Time 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 utmost importance. Safety Regulations 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 agency involved. Current Orders
  6. 6. 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. Technological Advancements 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. Conclusion 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 Personnel Budget Time-Phased Budget Work Packages June July August September October November December January February March April May Totals Feasibility 5,653 5,653 Vendor 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 Prototype Testing 2,351 9,434 10,349 1,230 23,364 Sales and 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 Monthly 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 Monthly 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
  7. 7. Resource Leveling Table Name Resource Type Title Salary + Benefits ($) Hour Rate Fully Loaded Rate (1.40) Time Needed (Hours/week) Weeks Total ($) Katie Kallsen Research & Development Research Engineer 76,960 37 51.8 40 25 51800 Tory Kinderman Safety Safety Engineer 72,800 35 49 40 20 39,200 Andrew Lockman Engineering Industrial Engineer 72,800 35 49 40 15 29,400 Abigail Hume Management Project Manager 87,360 42 58.8 20 40 47,040 KrystalHout Management Plant Manager 83,200 40 56 20 47 52,640 Debbie Long Industrial Maintenance Supervisor 56,160 27 37.8 20 35 26,460 Kole Myron Industrial Shop Supervisor 56,160 27 37.8 40 47 71,064 Charlene McLean Accounting Cost Accountant 93,600 45 63 15 52 49,140 Wyatt Bolin Quality Quality Engineer 72,800 35 49 40 49 96,040 Sean Smith Quality Jr. Quality Engineer 62,400 30 42 40 40 67,200 John Row Design Team Head of Design 66,560 32 44.8 35 6 9,408 Sean Martin Sales Sales Manager 58,240 28 39.2 40 8 12,544 Chase Logan Marketing Marketing Manager 66,560 32 44.8 20 4 3,584 Dave Armitage Purchasing Purchasing Agent 56,160 27 37.1 30 15 16,695 Total 572,215 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

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