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IE6840 ProjectManagementHW#1Submittedby,IshpreetsinghSahani (gc4388) Article: ProjectFirecracker 1. Write a briefsynopsis.Inthis case study they have mentioned the importance of project management bydiscussing the ill-fated project for National Corporation which is a largeinternational corporation with $600 million annual sales.Thecase study explains about the loss of $40 million contract.

Jeff Pankoff, whowas the chief engineer in national corporation flew to southern Californiaplant for the review and approval for a CNC machining center for an aircraftcompany which was 90% contributor for the sales of national corporation.Duringhis visit he met Tom Kelly, who was the buyer of APC aircraft company. It cameinto his notice that National has refused to quote an offer for the specialpart the aircraft company requested by saying that they were not tooled for thebusiness.  Jeffwas determined enough to complete the proposal with proper execution andproject management methodology. He explained the vice-president and his bossDon wolinski about his encounter with Kelly. They agreed upon initiating theproject but followed traditional method and approaches.

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Inthis case study, we learned that the company lost the project because thecompany was not able to meet the required specification and there was delay indesigning also improper communication and lack of management skills due towhich the company was lagging and failed to achieve customer satisfaction. Theproject could have been successful if there was proper communication, regularkickoff meeting, discussions on time and budget parameters. A need of a projectmanager to account with the line and functional managers was needed to makethis a successful project. 2.What did Jeff, thechief engineer, do wrong?Ifelt that Jeff had done nothing wrong. He was the one who had been insistinghis boss to carry the project management methodology but he was lashed out byhis boss. This cost the company $40 million contract. 3.

Did National win the$40 million order? No,the national corporation did not win the $40 million contract as the companywas not able to complete the contract within the time frame of 8 weeks. Theyshipped the tools on the eleventh day which was two days late from the customerrequirement. 4.What approach shouldthey be using? Why? Theyshould be using a project management approach; the national corporation wasdivided into different sections and each one was responsible to answer someother person so there was a need to work under same priority system. Alsofollowing the traditional approach can led to time delay and problems so therewas need to use a project management approach to limit the hindrance inproject. Thus, using the project management process could have boost theprocess and meet the customer requirement.   5.

What did Jeff’s bosswant to discuss with him about doing on a trial basis?  Wolinski wanted todiscuss about implementing project management on trial basis for the futureproject that Jeff discussed few months back.Article: Louder than Words 1.     Write a briefsynopsis.

Thearticle “Louder than words” discuss about the failure in the United Kingdom’sRail Authority (SRA) plan. This failure was mainly affected in terms of revenueinvolved, there was increase in the cost from £2.1 billion to £10 billion, alsothere was delayed in the completion of the project by 2 years.Themain reason according to the article is the lack of project managementstrategies. Project management was not followed by everyone involved in theproject which affected the project completion.

Projectmanagement would had taken care of all the strategies may be using functionaldepartment which could have provided some assistance in terms of extra peoplefor timely completion of the project, also the cost management. Havinga good project supervisor is very essential, it helps in managing allresponsibility towards the project completion. It is very important foreveryone involved in the project should be on the same page before the projectwork begins.Everyoneshould be aware of their responsibility and there should be a project managertaking care to check on everyone.

 2.Why was the UnitedKingdom’s Strategic Rail Authority project derailed?TheUnited Kingdom strategic rail authority project derailed because it was lackingin leadership and strategy planning. Though many believe in the project managementprocess but there are few who are able to execute the process thus missteps happen. 3.Who does the projectmanager depend on? To do what?Projectmanager depends upon the executive to build a culture of trust, values, systemthinking accountability and measurement to maximize organization potential andimprove process. 4.What are 4 of the Do’sand Don’ts of a Project Sponsor that you value?Do’sa.

       Ensureproject managers have resources to do the job and go to bat for them.b.      Integrateproject management methods into the key business strategies. Manage        your business by projects.c.

       Establisha culture of continuous improvement… recognize that not everyone will be ableto        make the transition.d.      Listento your project team. Understand what they are saying about project risksDon’tsa.       Failto recognize the value of the planning process… succumb to pessimisticopinions.b.

     Let the project sponsors and /or managersoff the hook by executing poor project performance.c.       Communicateseemingly arbitrary and capricious goals.d.      Circumventthe process when it appears, it will take more time. 5.Any other LessonsLearned from this article?Inthis article we learned a.

       whyit is important to build leadership and strategy planning b.      Roleof project managers and executive to make a project successful.c.      Sponsors Do’s and Don’tsArticle: Forge Ahead 1.

     Write a briefsynopsis.This article speaks about the largest newsagency Press Association Ltd in the United Kingdom. It gives detail informationof how the company is in problem due to low profit, high operating expenses andmisaligned resources. It also speaks about how this situation can elevated forwhich it gives solution of reassigning the process in the company alsoappointing a manager which can educate people to change their pattern of work.The Project Management Office (PMO) helpedin integrating and streamlining operation to boost operations and morale.

Italso helped in realigning the board to unify efforts and to eradicateoverlapping. It saw to it that the worker can work smarter by reducing cost andintegrating technology resources.This all resulted in substantial time andmoney saving. 2.     Whatcaused the United Kingdom’s largest news agency, The Press Association, Ltd,profit margins to slide down?The news agency profit began to slide downbecause they were putting their core business in risk by implementing theoperations which were no longer in use.

Also, the support from the process andsystem were not optimal leading to further loses  3.     Whatdoes a focused portfolio management do for them?  Were their projects a part of their strategicplan?Focused Portfolio management upholds thegood project and prevent them to struggle in the time and helps to boost theoverall result. There projects were not a part of the strategic plan as manyprojects have little alignment with corporate strategy and most of the projectswere followed by bottom up approach instead of top down strategy. 4.

     Shouldprograms deliver incremental results to prove that they are on track?  What about proof-of-concepts?Yes, Program should deliver incrementalresults to prove that they are on track with this approach we can make changesat initial stages of development and make necessary adjustment. Proof-ofconcepts are also necessary as it aims to verify that the concepts have somepotential and can demonstrate feasibility. 5.     Isthere value in a project manager networking with other project managers? Networking among project manager is veryimportant it helps to unleash different problems that the project managerencounter while working on different projects also with networking they can getideas about the cost of resources and budget of the project.

       Article: Viewpoints:Listen and Learn 1.     Whatis the difference between hearing and listening?The difference betweenlistening and hearing is that listening is an active search for meaning, itinvolves understanding of one’s point of view by paying attention and seekingmost from the speech. On the other hand, hearing is the passive listening wherea person listen’s but has several questions in mind. during hearing the commonthing also there is the chance that listener will hear the comments but willnot process the message 2.     Whatare the six listening behaviors and provide an example when appropriate/notappropriate to use? The six listeningbehaviors are included it is not appropriate to use the listening behavior whenwe pretend to be a part of the activity but are not able to process the inputsof those activity on the other hand appropriate use of this behavior can bejustified only if we are able to withdraw something useful of the informationand use or apply wherever necessary. We have furtherexplained the six-listening behavior with an example and said that among allthe listening active listening is the appropriate.a.

     Hearing: It isappropriate to use this behavior in music concert.b.     Information gathering: itis not appropriate if the engineer just collect the key notes for design anddoes not listen to the useful instructions c.      Cynical listening: It isnot appropriate if the student is physically present in the class but mentallyabsent and nodding without understanding what professor is explaining.

d.     Offensive listening: Itis not appropriate when a professor is teaching, and you are busy talking onphone.e.     Polite listening: Mindingyour own work without bothering or creating any disturbance for the others.f.       Active listening:Listening to the lecture or a seminar carefully and making key notes and tryingto grasp most of the information so to apply wherever necessary                 Article:Process Paralysis1.What are the different causesof process paralysis, and how to fix them?The common causes ofprocess paralysis are bureaucratic and inefficient methodologies, incompletemethodology, new methodology, Resistive Team members, Accountability.

1.The bureaucratic andinefficient methodology can be fixed by looking beyond the immediate interestwhich may benefit other areas of the organization.2.Incomplete methodologycan be fixed by implementing leadership skills one can go and convince theperson in authority to satisfy his/her need. If he fails to do so then he cango to the higher level escalating his leadership quality until a finalcommitment is obtain.3.New methodology can befixed by addressing the issue by ranking the problem also implementingincremental approach can benefit long term for the aspect of the project.4.Resistive Team memberscan be fixed by communicating with them, organizing regular kick off meeting,trying to understand their points and if their suggestions are invalid thenexplaining them why implementing those ideas is not a good option.5.Accountability can befixed by accounting that an effective methodology has been used in the process.If not, then solving or encountering those methodology with good judgment isrequired.