Week 4 DQ

Instructions: Each question has to be; coherent and cohesive, a minimum of 200 word answer for each question and you have to cite one sources. Make sure your number each answer that goes with the question.  This is a Project Quality Management Class.

 

1. What are some difficulties encountered in project control? How might the information required by a project control system be collected?

 

2. How might the information collected through the control system be used on subsequent projects? How does the control of creative projects differ from the control of ordinary projects? 

 

3. What are some ways to assure breadth of communication in a project? 

 

4. Do you think socialization off the job helps or hinders the progression of a project? Explain your answer. 

 

5. One of the basic elements of informal project management is trust. How does trust figure into a team? 

 

6. If trust is lost, how might the team regain that trust and continue its mission?

 

7. What concepts relating to influencing and controlling projects are most important to grasp and how do they relate to project management?

 

8. Reply to this DQ posting of another student:

According to Lewis (2011), "if you are going to control a project, you need to know two things: where you are supposed to be, and where you are" (p. 331).  One of the problems we had in my former office was in getting timely information regarding the status of the various parts of a project.  Sure, we had our weekly status meetings with the contractor.  However, the information/status was as of a previous date…usually the week prior.  So, by the time we learned of it, we were hearing old news.  As long as everything was running smoothly, this wasn't a problem for us.  However, when there were unexpected challenges, then it required us to make several phone calls.  The project manager on the contractor side was good about keeping the government side informed of any problems, and they did rather well.  Still, I can't help but feel there was just a bit of reactionary mode being exhibited by those on the government side.  Maybe the best value for their money was to just pay someone else to handle the work????

 

Carol

Reference:

Lewis, J. P. (2011). Project Planning, scheduling, and control. (5th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

 
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