Extend Your Knowledge

1. Interview someone who has faced a major change. The change could be either positive or negative. Examples include someone moving to a new country, a new city, losing a job, or any major life event. Your questions should include, but should not be limited, to the following:

a. Describe the change.

b. What was the reason for the change?

c. Describe the transition.

d. How difficult was the transition?

e. How did you adjust?

f. What feelings or emotions did you feel over the course of the change?

g. How long did it take before you finally accepted the change?

2. Suppose you were a project manager of an IT project and you hired a new college graduate. This person just graduated and has moved from a distant city to work for your firm. You are not only providing a decent salary and benefits package, but have paid for moving expenses and four weeks of IT boot camp training.

a. What feelings or emotions might this person have?

b. What could you do to help this person adjust and become a valued member of your team?

3. As a systems analyst, you have been assigned to interview a department supervisor. This supervisor has been with the company for almost 30 years and is known to be difficult to work with. However, his department's productivity and profitability have always been a model for the rest of the organization. Your task is to write up a report detailing the requirements and specifications for a new system. You arrive at this person's office on time for your meeting. You say hello in your most friendly voice, but he gruffly says, "What do you want? I'm really busy and don't have a lot of time for you right now.

Besides, I can't understand why the company wants to throw away good money fixing something that isn't broke." How would you handle this situation? 4. Assume that three months ago you were hired as a project manager for a medium-size consulting firm. Shortly after arriving, you find out that one of your star network specialists and a senior manager of the company that hired your firm deeply dislike one another. Your network specialist is extremely knowledgeable and good at what she does, but, unfortunately, not a really good people person. On the other hand, the manager thinks he knows everything, but he really doesn't know much about technology. That has never stopped him from giving out advice and trying to impress everyone with his limited knowledge—especially about networks. This behavior only makes the network specialist more resentful. How would you handle this conflict so that the project can continue as planned?

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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