Incidents For Discussion

Elaborate on it is not sufficient for the PM simply to possess these skills they must also be perceived by others. 2. Can you think of several ways to assure breadth of communication in a project Do you think socialization off the job helps or hinders 3. Contrast the prime law for projects, Never surprise the boss, with the corporate adage Bad news never travels up. 4. 'The successful PM is a fire fighter by avocation. How much do you think fire fighting is a result of the PM's style Can...

Activity Budgeting vs Program Budgeting

Thus far we have discussed one facet of an organization's philosophy of budgeting. Another facet has to do with the degree to which a budget is activity-oriented or program-oriented, a distinction we have mentioned before. The traditional organizational budget is activity-oriented. Individual expenses are classified and assigned to basic budget lines such as phone, materials, personnel-clerical, utilities, direct la- bor, etc. These expense lines are gathered into more inclusive categories, and...

Negotiation In Actionthe Quad Sensor Project

Dave Dogers, an experienced project manager, was assigned the project of desij ing and setting up a production system for an industrial instrument. The instrumf would undoubtedly be quite delicate, so the design and fabrication methods for tt shipping container were included in the project. Production of containers capable, meeting the specifications in this case were outside the experience of the firm, bi_. one engineer in the container group had worked with this type of package in a previ'...

Projects in Contemporary Organizations

The past several decades have been marked by a rapid growth in the use of project management as a means by which organizations achieve their objectives. Project management provides an organization with powerful tools that improve its ability to plan, implement, and control its activities as well as the ways in which it utilizes its people and resources. It is popular to ask, Why can't they run government the way 1 run my business In the case of project management, however, business and other...

Initial Project Coordination

When the project is to deliver a product service (often referred to as the project's deliverables) to an outside client, the fundamental planning process is unchanged except for the fact that the specifications cannot be altered without the client's permission. A common planning problem in these cases is that marketing has promised deliverables that engineering may not know how to produce on a schedule that manufacturing may be unable to meet. This sort of problem usually results when the...

Class Discussion Questions

Why are large fluctuations in the demands for particular resources undesirable What are the costs of resource leveling How would a PM determine the best amount of leveling 2. When might a firm choose to crash a project What factors must be considered in making this decision 3. Why is the impact of scheduling and resource allocation more significant in multiproject organizations 6. What is the average resource load factor How is it used to determine project completion times 7. What are two...

Special Demands On The Project Manager

And for reducing interpersonal conflict between project team members. And all these demands may occur within the span of one day a typical day, cynics would say. To some extent, every manager must deal with these special demands but for a PM such demands are far more frequent and critical. As if this were not enough, there are also certain fundamental issues that the manager must understand and deal with so that the demands noted can be handled successfully. First, the PM must know why the...

Incidents For Discussion Tts Candle Company

Candle Company, has just completed a two-day seminar on project management and is anxious to use the new techniques on a recurring problem faced by her company. About 60 percent of T.T.S.'s gross revenues result from the pre-Christmas sale of the firm's major product, XMAS-PAK. XMAS-PAK consists of twelve candles, all of one color and size. There are six different colors available In three different lengths. XMAS-PAK was introduced eight years ago, and sales have...

Conflict And The Project Life Cycle

In this section, following a brief discussion of the project life cycle, we will categorize the types of conflicts that frequently occur in the project environment, and then amplify the nature of these conflicts. Finally, we will link the project life cycle with the fundamental conflict categories and discover that certain patterns of conflict are associated with the different periods in the life of a project. With this knowledge, the PM can do a faster and more accurate job of diagnosing the...

Work Breakdown Structure And Tasks

Work Breakdown Structure Chart

Recruit Project Team Establish Organizational Procedures Establish CAO Support Levels and Budget Issue Reports to VP-Tech and Board of Directors Develop S S Goals and Objectives Assemble and Issue Post-S S Report Develop S S Theme Strategize Tracks and SIGs Recruit Technical Program Team Develop Selection Process Committee on Workshops Plan and Issue Call for Papers Panel Discussions Discussions Recruit Moderators Develop and Issue Master Schedule for Presentations Select Printer and...

Incidents For Discussion Yankee Chair Company

The Yankee Chair Company was anxious to get a new model rocking chair onto the market. Past efforts to introduce new models had resulted in frustrating failures. Jim Ricks, president of Yankee Chair, was determined that it would not happen again with the newest model. He had no confidence in his current management team, so he hired an Dymore, a local consultant, to organize and manage this project. He assigned a Yankee Chair manager, Tom Gort, to work with Dymore to start developing some talent...

Partnering Chartering And Change

Prefects provide ample opportunity for the project manager (PM) to utilize her his skills at negotiation. There are, however, three situations commonly arising during projects that call for the highest level of negotiating skill the PM can muster the use of subcontractors, the development of the project's mission statement, and the management of changes ordered in the project's deliverables and or priorities after, the project is underway. The former probably accounts for more litigation than...