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Question;Assignment 1;Creating a Methodology;Due Week 2 and worth;100 points;Read;the Chapter 2 Case titled ?Creating a Methodology.? Write a one to two (1-2);page paper in which you;1. Discuss;factors about the corporate culture that were at play, and suggest central;reasons why the executive staff waited as long as they had to consider the;development of an enterprise project management methodology (EPM).;2. Recommend;to both the senior executives (i.e., the company) and John Compton (i.e., the;president) whether the project management office (PMO) should report to the;chief information officer (CIO) or to someone else. Justify the response.;3. Use;at least three (3) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other;Websites do not quality as academic resources.;Your assignment must;follow these formatting requirements;? Be;typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch;margins on all sides, citations and references must follow APA or;school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional;instructions.;? Include;a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student?s name, the;professor?s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the;reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.;The specific course;learning outcomes associated with this assignment are;?;Describe the key concepts, processes, and;components of project management.;? Analyze;the interrelationships among the principal elements (time, cost, resources) in;the performance of project management.;?;Evaluate the general systems factors;affecting performance throughout the project life cycle.;?;Use technology and information resources to;research issues in project management.;?;Write clearly and concisely about project;management using proper writing mechanics.;Grading;for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of;the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.;Assignment;2: Project Motorcycles;Due Week 4;and worth 250 points;You;are a project manager for a medium-sized manufacturer of motorcycle cruisers.;The engines in motorcycle cruisers, like the ones you manufacture, are usually;categorized by size rather than the number of cylinders. In the past, your;company has successfully manufactured and marketed the best-selling of these;fuel-efficient cruisers that occupy the middleweight class. The rather nebulous;middleweight class comprises motorcycles broadly ranging in engine size from;500 cubic centimeters, or cc, to 1000 cc.;Executives;at your company are now interested in motorcycles with larger motors and would;eventually like to produce motorcycles in the touring class, specifically;designed to excel at covering long distances with motors larger than 1100 cc.;The proposed target market for these larger motorcycles consists of males;between the ages of 35 and 60 in global markets. Price points for the larger;motorcycles cover income ranges from $55,000 to $100,000. Management has;decided that your company will meet the objectives stated herein within the;next five (5) years. During the proposed changeover, the company will continue;to manufacture the middleweight cruisers to serve its existing clientele.;Write a;six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you;Select;one (1) of the types of project organization that would suit the;development of the larger touring class motorcycles. Outline the process;steps that your company would take in order to develop the motorcycle.;Provide a rationale for the response.;Recommend one (1) strategy to the senior executives;that the organization might use to balance short- and long-term needs.;Specify the crucial resources that you would need as a project manager to;run the existing business interests at the same time that the business;changes to the production of touring class motorcycles.;Suggest;the project management leadership style that is most conducive to;overseeing the operation of the business growth plan.Recommend;at least three (3) risk mitigation strategies to address project plan;details that might be forgotten or overlooked. Justify the selection.Use;at least three (3) quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other;Websites do not quality as academic resources.;Your;assignment must follow these formatting requirements;? Be;typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch;margins on all sides, citations and references must follow APA or;school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional;instructions.;?;Include a cover page;containing the title of the assignment, the student?s name, the professor?s;name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are;not included in the required assignment page length.;The;specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are;? Design;an organizational structure, staff a project office, and establish a;communications system to effectively manage projects.;?;Analyze the role of executive management in;the life of a project.;? Apply;the project manager?s critical skills, in terms of project leadership, team;building, time management, conflict management, and effective communication;with executive sponsors, peers, team members, and project clients.;?;Use technology and information resources to;research issues in project management.;Assignment 3: Selling;Executives on Project Management;Due Week 6 and worth;100 points;Read the Chapter 10 Case titled ?Selling;Executives on Project Management.? Write a one to two (1-2) page paper in which;you;1. Analyze;the fundamental reasons why the executives in the case refused to listen to;their own employees but were willing to listen to a consultant. Discuss the;main reasons why the executives still seemed apprehensive even after the;consultant?s presentation.;2.;Imagine that you are the;consultant from the case study. Speculate on three (3) strategies that you;could employ to get the executives to understand your point of view and thus;support your project management recommendations.;3.;Use at least three (3);quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not quality as;academic resources.;Your assignment must;follow these formatting requirements;? Be;typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch;margins on all sides, citations and references must follow APA or;school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional;instructions.;?;Include a cover page containing;the title of the assignment, the student?s name, the professor?s name, the;course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not;included in the required assignment page length.;The specific course;learning outcomes associated with this assignment are;?;Analyze the role of executive management in;the life of a project.;? Apply;the project manager?s critical skills, in terms of project leadership, team;building, time management, conflict management, and effective communication;with executive sponsors, peers, team members, and project clients.;?;Use technology and information resources to;research issues in project management.;?;Write clearly and concisely about project;management using proper writing mechanics.;Grading;for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of;the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.;Points: 100;Assignment 3;Selling Executives on Project Management;Meets;Criteria;Minimum;Unacceptable;Expectations;Fair;Proficient;Exemplary;Below 60% F;60-69% D;70-79% C;80-89% B;90-100% A;1. Analyze the;Did not submit or;Insufficiently;Partially;Satisfactorily;Thoroughly;fundamental reasons;incompletely;analyzed the;analyzed the;analyzed the;analyzed the;why the executives in;analyzed the;fundamental;fundamental;fundamental;fundamental;the case;refused to;fundamental;reasons;why the;reasons;why;reasons;why;reasons;why the;listen to their own;reasons why the;executives in;the executives;the;executives in the;employees but were;executives in the;the case;in the case;executives in;case refused to;willing to listen to a;case refused to;refused to listen;refused to;the case;listen to their;consultant.;Discuss the;listen to;their own;to their;own;listen to;their;refused;to;own;employees;main reasons why the;employees but;employees but;own;listen to their;but were willing;executives still seemed;were willing to;were willing to;employees but;own;to listen to a;apprehensive even;listen to a;listen to a;were willing to;employees;consultant.;after the;consultant?s;consultant.;Did;consultant.;listen to;a;but were;Thoroughly;Assignment;4: Project Motorcycles ? The Comprehensive Project Plan;Due Week 8;and worth 300 points;Note:This;assignment is a continuation from Assignment 2.;Write a;six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you;Describe;the project scope and project management plan. Align your plan to the;overall strategy that you had recommended to the senior executives in;Assignment 2.;Analyze;the type of staff that your company would need in order to make the;manufacturing switch to motorcycles with larger motors.;Prepare four (4);team-building strategies for handling the newly formed team. Discuss the;manner in which the strategies that you have prepared may positively or;negatively affect productivity within the company.;4. Analyze;the role of the project manager that this project would require. Examine three;(3) characteristics of an effective project manager that are relevant to this;particular expansion project. Provide a rationale for the response.;5.;Emphasize the importance of identifying;critical path on projects and the manner in which one would allocate resources;to all of the activities on the critical path.;6.;Outline the elements of the Work Breakdown;Structure (WBS) and pricing and costing strategy. Delineate the fundamental;ways in which the project in question is composed.;7. Develop;the following using designated project management software (e.g., Microsoft;Project);a. Work;Breakdown Structure (WBS);b. Gantt;chart;c. Assigned;Resources;Attach the project;file that contains the items that you have developed.;8.;Use at least three (3);quality references. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not quality as;academic resources.;Your;assignment must follow these formatting requirements;? Be;typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch;margins on all sides, citations and references must follow APA or;school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional;instructions.;?;Include a cover page;containing the title of the assignment, the student?s name, the professor?s;name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are;not included in the required assignment page length.;The;specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are;? Apply;the project manager?s critical skills, in terms of project leadership, team;building, time management, conflict management, and effective communication;with executive sponsors, peers, team members, and project clients.;?;Evaluate the quality of planning throughout a;project?s life cycle.;? Construct;project schedules using network techniques and reports for both internal and;external presentation.;?;Use technology and information resources to;research issues in project management.;?;Write clearly and concisely about project;management using proper writing mechanics.

 

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