Is 378 – Hewlett Packard

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Is 378 – Hewlett Packard

IS 378 Kittyhawk Project Final Report (Part 1)


Executive Summary

Company Overview

Project Overview







Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

Gantt Chart

PERT/CPM Analysis

Financial Analysis

Project Cost Estimates

Payback Analysis



Project Organization

Responsibility Assignment

Stakeholder Analysis

Risk Analysis

Conclusion and Closing Remarks


Executive Summary

The Hewlett Packard (HP) Kittyhawk (KH) hard drive project is a peculiar example of a failed project. It was well funded, executively supported, and well-staffed with motivated individuals. All were chosen as the best in their respective functional departments, and Rick Seymour (the project manager) had essentially full authority to get who he thought he needed for the job. While there are minor areas of improvement in the overall project execution, our team can say for certain that it was a well-executed project in terms of the developing and implementation stages of the project life cycle process. Where our critique focuses is on the initiation and scope analysis phase of the project, where certain individuals should have proceeded with a better focus of the future.

In an creative and dynamic industry such as this one, innovation has its fair share of risks and the KH Team were essentially trying to break ground into a new and completely untapped market. The payoffs for seizing a competitive market share of a product which no one has thought of yet were substantial and there were many positive indications on the direction of the project. Favorable market research, optimistic customer outlook, product awards, and even positive public news coverage all pointed to the KH drive going in a positive direction. The list of possibilities, in terms of contractual partnerships with other vendors, were huge as Nintendo, Microsoft, and even Apple all showed interest. However, none could figure out a place for the KH drive. The possibilities seemed huge, but as the hype died down, the reality of what these outside customers wanted became clearer. In the end, the current state of the Kittyhawk as it was currently designed did not meet any of the prospective long term partner’s expectations. It was as if the Kittyhawk was trying to be affordable, durable, and totally versatile all at the same time. The issue is that not all of these long term partners desired those features, and Rick Seymour needed to decide on a new course of action to take in a redesign of the Kittyhawk.