Before one can begin writing a charter, one must consider the most appropriate organization for the project. You are the project manager for a company that integrates custom data solutions for large corporate enterprises. This project will span two or three years and will cost tens of millions of dollars. This is a large, very involved project. Which of the five organization structures is most suitable? Why?

Devry MGMT404 all weeks discussion and midterm quiz and Final Project

Devry MGMT 404 All Weeks Discussions
Devry MGMT 404 Week 1 DQ 1
Read the case study 3.1 on pages 103–104 of the text.
The Keflavik Paper Company is a case with the problem of determining a project management process for new product development. Answer the following questions:
What does this case demonstrate about the effect of poor project screening methods on a firm’s ability to manage projects effectively?
How would project portfolio management help to improve the situation at Keflavik?

Devry MGMT 404 Week 1 DQ 2
Case Study: Widgets ‘R Us (graded)
Read the case study 2.4 on pages 65–66 of the text.

The Widgets ‘R Us case study is a case with a problem of how the company is set up and how the company will handle operations with its projected growth. Answer the following questions:

You have been called in as a consultant to analyze the operations at WRU. Based on the readings, what would you advise Widgets ‘R Us to do in order to sustain the competitive advantage in the widget market?

What structural design changes might be undertaken to improve the operations at the company?
MGMT 404 Week 2 DQ 1 Project Scope
Project Scope (graded)
The project scope defines what will be delivered as part of the project, and in some ways, it can be likened to the term vision. That said, whose view and needs should be expressed in a project’s scope? What items need to be addressed in defining the scope? Why are these items important to define?
MGMT 404 Week 2 DQ 2

Case Study- Project Management at
Case Study: Project Management at Dotcom.com (graded)
Read the case study 5.3 Project Management at Dotcom.com in the text on pages 166–167.

Dotcom.com is a software engineering and systems development consulting firm that needs some organizational improvements in the area of project management processes that will cut cost and potentially increase the profit margin for the company. Answer the following questions:

Discuss how you would begin redesigning dotcom.com’s project management processes to minimize the problems it is experiencing with poor scope management.

Why do you think configuration management and project change control are difficult to perform in the middle of a complex software development project, such as those implemented at dotcom.com? Share any experiences you have with project change requests.
MGMT 404 Week 3 DQ 1 Project Schedule
Project Schedule (graded)
To develop a schedule for a project, we will use the concept of a project network, which shows work activities taken from the work breakdown structure and organized according to the logical flow in time and relationships governing when the work will be performed. By combining this network of work activities with estimates of the time duration for performing each of the activities, we can create a schedule for the project work. What types of information can we learn about the project by reviewing the project schedule and all the information used to generate it?
MGMT 404 Week 3 DQ 2 Risk Management
Risk Management (graded)
Assume you have just been assigned to a project risk team of five members. Because this is the first time your organization has formally set up a risk team for a project, it is hoped that your team will develop a process that can be used on all future projects. Your first team meeting is next Monday morning. Each team member has been asked to prepare for the meeting by developing, in as much detail as possible, an outline that describes how you believe the team should proceed in handling project risks. Each team member will hand out their proposed outline at the beginning of the meeting. Your outline should include but not be limited to the following information:
• Team objectives
• Process for handling risk events
• Team activities
• Team outputs
MGMT 404 Week 4 DQ 1 Case Study- The Problems of Multitasking
Case Study: The Problems of Multitasking (graded)
Read the case study 12.1, The Problems of Multitasking in the text on pages 405–406. Answer the following questions:
1. How does multitasking confuse the resource availability of project team personnel?
2. In modern organizations, it is impossible to eliminate multitasking for the average employee? Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why?
3. How would resource loading and/or resource leveling help this situation?
MGMT 404 Week 4 DQ 1
Case Study: The Problems of Multitasking (graded)
Read the case study 12.1, The Problems of Multitasking in the text on pages 405–406. Answer the following questions:
1. How does multitasking confuse the resource availability of project team personnel?
2. In modern organizations, it is impossible to eliminate multitasking for the average employee? Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why?
3. How would resource loading and/or resource leveling help this situation?
MGMT 404 Week 5 DQ 1 Project Baseline
Project Baseline (graded)
We have now moved from the planning stage to the doing part of project management. Following good project management practices, we have set a baseline. How is a project baseline used to guide the execution of the project’s work, to evaluate progress and performance, and to control the project?

Also, as you continue to think about monitoring and controlling the project, specifically consider the question: How can the project baseline and the earned value approach for variance analysis be used to monitor and report project progress?
MGMT 404 Week 5 DQ 2 Project Communication
Project Communication (graded)
Discuss the importance of communication and information exchange to project success. What are the crucial features and elements of effective communication and information exchange in successful projects?
MGMT 404 Week 6 DQ 1

Case Study- Finding the Emotional Intelligence
Case Study: Finding the Emotional Intelligence (graded)
Read the case study 4.2 Finding the Emotional Intelligence in the text on pages 130.
1. What are the differences between leaders and managers? Can anyone be a leader? Which would you prefer to work for and why?
2. Share an example from your work or school experience with working through the five stages of team development.
3. Select one of the characteristics of an effective project manager and tell why it is important.
4. Take the Future Time Perspective scale on page 129. Share your results and comments with the class.

MGMT 404 Week 6 DQ 2
Quality Management Processes (graded)
Read about the Quality Management Process on page 25 of the text.

Why are measurements critical to quality management? What types of measures are available for quality?
2. How important is it to include a quality assessment in your project WBS? What can happen if quality is overlooked?
3. Let’s do a little research on Six Sigma. What is it and why is it important to quality management?
MGMT 404 Week 7 DQ 1
Case Study: The Project that Wouldn’t Die
Review case study 14.2 on page 471. Answer the three questions at the end of the case. Your answers must be supported by the facts of the case. You will be graded on the content of your answers as well as your feedback to other responses.
MGMT 404 Week 7 DQ 2
Case Study:Judy’s Hunt for Authenticity
Review case study 11.1 on page 375. Answer the three questions at the end of the case. Your answers must be supported by the facts of the case. You will be graded on the content of your answers as well as your feedback to other responses.

MGMT 404 Midterm Quiz

(TCO 1) Before one can begin writing a charter, one must consider the most appropriate organization for the project. You are the project manager for a company that integrates custom data solutions for large corporate enterprises. This project will span two or three years and will cost tens of millions of dollars. This is a large, very involved project. Which of the five organization structures is most suitable? Why? (Points : 20)

(TCO 2) You are a project manager for a new hardware/software project. You just received the project charter and established your scope statement. Within the scope statement, you defined some of the key components to meet the overall project objective. Establishing requirements will be critical to define and get approved. The hardware will be new for your company, so you will need to ensure the vendor is selected and the hardware is appropriately installed into your environment. The supporting software will need to be designed and coded. It will also need to be installed and tested on the system. To ensure the users know how to use the new software, training will be needed for managers and the associates. You have assembled your team of experts and they are anxious to get started.
Part 1: To ensure you have a clear scope for your team, create a 2-level WBS. Don’t forget to include your WBS numbering. (15 points)
Part 2: In your WBS, how many work packages have been created? (5 points) (Points : 20)
(TCO 3) Compare and contrast crashing and fast tracking as a means of schedule compression. (Points : 20)
(TCO 5) A firm hosts eCommerce transactions for other companies. The firm processes credit purchases supporting most major credit cards and is known as an inexpensive alternative to other larger competitors. The firm is deploying new security software that is state-of-the-art for eCommerce. It should increase security while speeding up transactions because of the new security algorithms.
Part 1: List and discuss the major risk management functions from a project management perspective for the eCommerce project. (15 points)
Part 2: Describe a positive and negative risk event, the related consequences, and the risk response plans for the eCommerce project. (5 points)
(Points : 20)

Devry MGMT 404 Week 8 Final Project

Table Of Contents

Executive Summary………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
Project Charter……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
Project Scope Statement…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
Work Breakdown Structure / Project Schedule (.mpp file)…………………………………………………… 3
Risk Management Plan………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3
Project Schedule and Budget with assigned Resources………………………………………………………….. 3
Communications Management Plan………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3
REFERENCES…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 4

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