QUIZ: 1. The storming stage of team development is completed once members begin to think of themselves as part of a group 2. Project leadership is about coping with: 3. In mapping dependencies for a project, the project manager should: 4. Which of the following would be defined as the ability or skill to perceive, assess and manage the emotions of one 's self and others? 5. During which stage of team development is high performance not a top priority and team member emotions run from upbeat to depressed? 6. In a survey of project managers, approximately what percentage reported that they encountered ethical issues in their work? 7. The first step to building a social network is identifying those on whom the project depends for success. 8. In which of the following theories does the project group transition from a lower level to a higher level of performance about halfway through the project 9. The essence of positive synergy can be found in the phrase: 10. One problem new project managers experience is that it takes time to establish a sense of character and competency.
Globalization and Project Management. The globalization of the workforce is an important trend in many industries and organizations. Not only are some project managers assigned to different countries to complete an assignment, but many virtual teams also have membership that spans different regions of the globe. Describe a project that you have been involved with, or are interested in, that may have a project team that is truly global. Determine the cultural aspects and possible conflicts of that project team, and how a successful project manager can overcome the issues. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.
Project Closure. The decision to close a project before actual completion can happen for many different reasons. Describe a project you have been involved with, or of which you have knowledge, where one of these barriers to project success actually occurred and the project closed before completion. Is there something the project manager could have done to prevent the early termination? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.
Team Development Model. Review the five stage model of team development in the required reading of Chapter 11. Describe a project that you are involved with right now, and the stage that the project team is currently in. Comment on what makes this particular stage enjoyable, or difficult. If you are not involved with a project currently, describe your favorite stage of a project you have been involved with in the past. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings
Stakeholder Communication. Project managers must understand and communicate with all the stakeholders of a project. The project sponsor is one very important stakeholder that needs to be satisfied with the outcome of a project. Describe why the project sponsor is one of the most important stakeholders, and what a project manager should do to keep them informed of the status of a project. Provide professional examples if possible. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.
Monthly Status Report to Sponsors. Assume you are the project manager for a software company and your team is in charge of delivering an update to tax preparation software for the next tax season. The project team has ten software developers working together, but located across the country. You have the following information about the project, and need to provide a status to the sponsors. Please write a one page status report to the sponsors in APA format, providing a clear indication of status of the project. (Suggestion: Red, Yellow, or Green for status). The sponsors also like to only know the two most important risks, and what could be done to mitigate the risk if it happens. The conclusion of the status report must describe any requests for additional resources, if they are necessary. New items you learned this month about the project: There is a three day weekend in the coming month. Nine of the developers are on track to finish their tasks 2 weeks early. One software developer took the recently announced “early retirement” package, and is leaving in one week. He is confident he will be able to finish his piece of the work before he leaves. It is hurricane season in Florida, where three of the developers are located. The developer who is retiring is the only person who knows how to get approval for the final product from the IRS. The project costs are under budget and there has been no need for overtime. Your status report should be one page in length (not including title and reference pages) and utilize at least one academic source
QUIZ: 1. The initial step in the risk management process is to 2. Delaying noncritical activities to lower peak demand on resources is known as resource 3. Project budgets are developed by time-phasing which of the following? 4. All of the following are included in the risk identification process except 5. Heuristics are used in resource-constrained projects to develop the optimal schedule 6. Due to the impact over a long period of time, risk events that occur in the early stages of a project will have a greater cost impact than those that occur in later stages. 7. In a resource-constrained project the third priority in assigning resources is usually given to activities with the 8. Splitting is a scheduling technique used to get a better schedule or better resource utilization. 9. An uncertain event or condition that, if it occurs, has a positive or negative effect on a project objectives is termed. 10. In a resource-constrained project the second priority in assigning resources is usually given to activities with the
Triple Constraint. The “triple constraint” in project management is traditionally time, resources and scope. Provide an example of a project you have been involved with that had limited resources. What types of resource constraints affected the project, and how? Please comment if the limited resources also impacted the timeline and scope of the project. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.
Risk Identification. State the importance of identifying risks and categorizing them as high, medium or low probability. Explain why risks associated with the critical path of the project need special attention. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.
Quiz: 1. The backward pass in project network calculations determines the 2. People working on prototype development needing time to interact with the design engineers after the design is completed is an example of: 3. Learning curves are more likely to apply in situations where most of the costs are 4. The project structure chosen to manage the project will have little impact on the actual project work to be accomplished. 5. Scope definitions are usually brief with only one or two pages being typical for small projects. 6. The ideal approach to estimating project time and costs is to use both the top-down and the bottom-up approach. 7. Nodes on an AON project network represent: 8. General and Administrative costs are usually allocated as a percent of the total of a direct cost such as labor, materials, or equipment. 9. By definition, the critical path always has zero slack. 10. In a breakdown structure deliverables are ignored and replaced with activities or tasks that have been grouped in phases.
Project Management Plan. List three important items that belong within a project management plan, and the importance of breaking the project into phases. Additionally, please comment on the importance of obtaining sponsorship approval when concluding each phase of the project. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.
Project Charter. Describe the importance of a project charter to the project manager. How does a strong project sponsor and clear project scope apply to the overall success of a project? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.
Quiz: 1. The professional certification for project managers is a Project Management Professional (PMP). 2. Creating teams using the project form of project management structure results in the maximum technological expertise being brought to bear on project problems. 3. Project management integration necessitates combining all of the major dimensions of project management under one umbrella. 4. In which of the following stages are you more likely to find status reports, many changes, and the creation of forecasts? 5. In which of the following stages are you more likely to find status reports, many changes, and the creation of forecasts? 6. The relationship between the Apple II and Mac teams at Apple Computer is a good example of projectitis 7. Organizational culture is best explained as organizational 8. Who is responsible for determining how tasks will be done in a matrix project management structure? 9. Integration of all project processes and practices to improve Project Management is due to 10. Which of the following is not considered to be a characteristic of a project?
The Importance of Project Management. Project management has become an important aspect of business in many companies. Projects are integrated with the strategic views of the corporation to ensure maximum benefits are achieved. Describe how project management techniques enable the company to meet their strategic mission. Do you feel that project management is becoming more important in business today, or less important? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings
Project Life Cycle. The four main elements of the project life cycle are defining, planning, executing and closing. Give an example of a task you performed on a project, either as a leader or team member, and identify what stage of the life cycle it was in and why. Describe if you felt the task was strategically important to the project and also the company. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.
Assignments 1. Due by Day 7. Hoosier Burger Case: Part 5. Read the Hoosier Burger scenario on page 242 in Chapter 7 ofthe text and address the following in a 1 to 3 page APA style paper: a. Based on the information provided in the case scenario, what entities will Hoosier Burger need to store information about? b. For the entities identified in part a, identify a set of attributes for each entity. c. Specify an identifier for each entity. What rules did you apply when selecting the identifier? d. Modify Figure 7-10 to reflect the addition of these new entities. Be sure to specify the cardinalities for eachrelationship.