Bus 517 discussion questions week 1 – 11 (strayer latest)
BUS 517 Project Management – Strayer
Week 1 DQ 1
“Definition of a Project” Please respond to the following:
Ø From the first e-Activity, determine three to five ways the project management concepts described in the video relate to the project life cycle from the textbook. Support your response.
Ø From the second e-Activity, select two business projects—one, a local project; the other, international. Next, determine the current project life cycle for each project. Justify your selection.
Week 1 DQ 2
“Project Selection” Please respond to the following:
Ø Select a project for the purpose of completing the writing assignments of this course. Provide a rationale for your selection from an organizational strategy standpoint. Next, respond to at least two posts of your classmates, and comment on their project selection. Note: Ensure that you can develop enough information to thoroughly cover the project topic. Assume that your projects will have duration of 12 to 15 months with a functionally allocated project team. Adhere to confidentiality standards if you are discussing projects from your organization.
Week 2 DQ 1
“Elements of Projects” Please respond to the following:
Ø From the e-Activity, select a RFP project, and then explain the project you selected by 1) summarizing the needs and the request for action and 2) emphasizing the Statement of Work (SOW) through the use of Appendix 2.1 from Chapter 2 of your textbook as a guide. Cite the source and justify your response.
Ø As a project manager, determine two cultural implications that could affect your project management. Speculate on another two organizational factors that you should consider in order to determine which project management structure you should use. Support your response.
Week 2 DQ 2
“Project Organization” Please respond to the following:
Ø Take a position on the following statement: “It is important for project managers to be ‘culture sensitive’ so that they can develop appropriate strategies and responses and avoid violating key norms that would jeopardize their effectiveness within the organization.” Support your position.
Ø From the case of Moss and McAdams Accounting Firm in Chapter 3 of the textbook, assume that you were the account manager Bruce Palmer. Determine the key problem(s) with the organizational structure and culture of the firm. Next, suggest the main steps that Palmer should have taken to manage the matrix organization, and suggest what Sands, the office manager who is responsible for assigning personnel to different accounts, should do to support Palmer.
Week 3 DQ 1
“Project Scope and WBS” Please respond to the following:
Ø Select a project, and determine at least two aspects of the project scope that might have the tendency to go out of scope and potentially derail the project. Next, develop a WBS that contains the three levels of detail and takes the two eventualities you determined into account.
Ø Determine the main advantages of developing a WBS for this project. Support your response.
Week 3 DQ 2
“Case Study: Ghost Stories” Please respond to the following:
Ø Working in a strange and foreign culture while adhering to the project management guidelines can present challenges. A project manager must utilize information for project professionals working overseas, as well as work on virtual projects involving colleagues from different countries. From Chapter 15 of the textbook, describe the four major issues surrounding the management of international projects. Next, from the case study, determine which of the four issues that you identified best describes the problem of Lofgrin, the project manager. Support your response.
Ø From the case study, determine Lofgrin’s problem, and recommend a strategy for Lofgrin to consider in order to resolve the problem. Next, create a three-level WBS for the strategy that you recommended. Justify your response.
Week 4 DQ 1
“Estimating Time and Costs” Please respond to the following:
Ø It has been stated that managers recognize time, cost, and resource estimates as critical if planning, executing, and monitoring and controlling are to influence the success of the project. From the e-Activity, select a guideline that project managers can follow to develop useful and valuable work package estimates. Provide a rationale for your selection.
Ø The factors that influence the quality of estimates depend on the type of project. Refer to your Week 3 Assignment 1, and determine at least two factors that have an impact on the time and cost estimate aspects of a project. Support your answer.
Week 4 DQ 2
“Case Study: Sharp Printing, AG” Please respond to the following:
Ø In the case study, Lauren used the brainstorming technique to generate ideas and gather the project requirements. Suggest at least three other group creativity techniques that she could use in order to increase the chances of the project’s success. Provide a rationale to support your response.
Ø From the case study, recommend at least two estimating techniques for Sharp Printing’s mission-critical project. Provide a rationale for your recommendations.
Week 5 DQ 1
“Unscheduled Project Time” Please respond to the following:
Ø Define “slack” in the project management environment. Next, as project manager, refer to Assignment 1 and give your opinion on why “slack” is important to your project. Justify your response.
Ø Determine the key differences between free slack and total slack in the project management environment. Provide an example or scenario of each type of slack to further justify your response.
Week 5 DQ 2
“Project Management Resourses” Please respond to the following:
Ø From the e-Activity, interpret the network computation process, and discuss the key terminologies and examples that helped you understand the network computation process.
Ø From the case study, determine the critical path for the project, and indicate whether you recommend that G&E pursue the contact in question. Justify your response.
Week 6 DQ 1
“Risk Management” Please respond to the following:
Ø History has shown that the chances of risk events occurring and their respective costs increasing can change over the project life cycle. As a project manager, select at least three risk events as they apply to a hypothetical project, and explain how you would address the risks you selected. Next, determine at least one strategy to mitigate each risk occurrence.
Ø Differentiate between budget reserves and management reserves. Cite examples to explain your points.
Week 6 DQ 2
“What is Risk Management” Please respond to the following:
Ø From the e-Activity, select one project that you are undertaking or you have completed. Determine at least two additional analyses from the video that would help in facilitating the understanding of the risk management as it relates to your selected project.
Ø The textbook emphasizes that “risk can never be completely eliminated. It can only be managed”. From the e-Activity, discuss how the video explains this statement. Next, analyze why the risk management process is essential to a project’s success. Include an example to support your response.
Week 7 DQ 1
“Resource Scheduling” Please respond to the following:
Ø Determine three most common problems associated with multi-project resource scheduling. Next, analyze at least three ways in which outsourcing project work alleviates those common problems that you determined.
Ø From the e-Activity, the project charter is a plan or a statement which shows the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders. Analyze at least three ways in which the project charter can address the types of resource constraints inherent in a business project.
Week 7 DQ 2
“Reducing Project Duration” Please respond to the following:
Ø Determine two advantages and two disadvantages of reducing project scope to accelerate a project. Justify your responses with examples.
Ø Per conventional wisdom, shortening project duration may come at the expense of overtime, the addition of personnel, and acquiring more expensive equipment and / or materials. Sometimes, cost savings can be generated by extending the duration of a project. Suggest at least two additional options that can be used to cut costs. Provide a rationale for your suggestion. Note: Make sure the options you suggested are NOT covered in Chapter 9 of the textbook.
Week 8 DQ 1
“Being an Effective Project Manager” Please respond to the following:
Ø The PMBOK identifies some general management skills of project managers, including skills on communication, organization and planning, budgeting, conflict management, negotiation and influencing, leadership, and team building and motivation. Give your opinion as to why it is important for a project manager to build relationships before they are needed for project success. Provide an example to support your response.
Ø Take a position on whether project managers are generalists or specialists. Justify your response with at least one example.
Week 8 DQ 2
“Ethical Project Management” Please respond to the following:
Ø From the first e-Activity, in the role of a project manager for a midsized company, suggest three to five ways you would communicate the PMI Code of Ethics to your project team during your weekly status meetings.
Ø From the second e-Activity, determine at least four leadership skills that would enhance your team effectiveness. Provide a rationale to support your response.
Week 9 DQ 1
“Outsourcing” Please respond to the following:
Ø Take a position on the following statement from Chapter 12 of the textbook: “Negotiating is an art.” Support your position with an example.
Ø Provide at least three reasons why organizations outsource project work. Next, determine the key advantages of outsourcing project work.
Week 9 DQ 2
“Performance Measurement” Please respond to the following:
Ø Analyze the key differences between Budget At Completion (BAC) and Estimate At Completion (EAC). Discuss at least three ways project managers use BAC and EAC to communicate project progress.
Ø Select a project on which you acted as the project manager, and evaluate the project schedule and cost status using the earned value as a performance measurement technique. Provide a rationale to support your response.
Week 10 DQ 1
“Project Audit” Please respond to the following:
Ø Determine three major closure deliverables when implementing closure and review for a business project. Explain each deliverable with a corresponding example.
Ø Per conventional wisdom, during the project audit, much time can be wasted if a formal method of project closure is not in place. Explain a systematic method of information handling, and determine at least three ethical responsibilities that the audits must follow.
Week 10 DQ 2
“Project Completion” Please respond to the following:
Ø From the e-Activity, select at least two worksheets that you think you can use for your project. Next, determine at least two benefits of using these worksheets as you prepare to complete your project.
Ø Assume you are a project manager in a midsized organization, and there is a new project member joining in your team. Determine at least two major benefits of project management oversight to the organization to the new project teammate. Provide a rationale for your response.
Week 11 DQ 1
“Improved Project Management” Please respond to the following:
Ø Your final project for this course is now complete through Project Proposal, Project Charter, and Project Presentation. Share what you can utilize in your real-world projects to enhance project success.
Ø Describe the most important piece of knowledge that you gained during this course.
Week 11 DQ 2
“Career” Please respond to the following:
Ø Discuss what you have learned in this course that will help you in your current or future career.
Ø It is believed that those starting in project management should take advantage of every opportunity to develop and expand their project management skills. Determine at least four ways that this can be accomplished.