Hunter Wikstrom

ITS 370

Chapter 10

 

4. Search the Web for job descriptions of project managers. You can use any number of Web sites, including www.monster.com or www.dice.com, to find at least 10 IT-related job descriptions. What common elements do you find among the job descriptions? What is the most unusual characteristic among them?

When looking at the job descriptions for project managers I saw that many of the listings were emphasizing the ability to designate project resources, prepare budgets, monitor progress, and to keep the stakeholders informed during the entire project. There was also a big emphasis on ensuring the project itself was finished in a timely manner and didn’t go over budget. I saw an advertisement for an “assistant project manager” that wasn’t actually working under anyone and had all the same responsibilities of a traditional project manager without the full pay.

3. Write a job description for Kelvin Urich, the project manager described in the opening vignette of this chapter. Be sure to identify key characteristics of the ideal candidate, as well as work experience and educational background. Also, justify why your job description is suitable for potential candidates of this position.

Kelvin is looking for someone who can manage associates and help with a task that has increased workload on the team. They need to be able to delegate jobs properly so that a single employee isn’t overloaded with work, but also needs to maintain the scheduled project dates. The employee should be knowledgeable in the field and knowledgeable when it comes to employee relation and delegation.

 

Discussion Questions

1. What project management tasks should Kelvin perform before his next meeting?

Kelvin needs to revise his priority list again and cut down the multiple “top priorities” he has given. While they are all important, they are irrelevant if they are going to be shot down because of the workload. Kelvin also needs to communicate with the senior analysts and get their input on the matter as well as keep them informed and more likely to cooperate.

2. What change management tasks should Kelvin perform before his next meeting, and how do these tasks fit within the project management process?

Kelvin needs to speak with the team leads and determine how much workload they can take on at the given time. He then then needs to get their input on how they think their teams can handle the workload and how it should be distributed. This is part of the team forming process.

3. Had you been in Kelvin’s place, what would you have done differently to prepare for this meeting?

If I was in Kelvin’s place, I would have gone to the senior analysts to ask for their input on my proposed changes and would’ve tried to garner their support for the meeting. An informed audience is more likely to accept proposed change.

Ethical Decision Making

Do you think Kelvin has had an ethical lapse by cherry-picking the data for his presentation?

This is something that is often done in business meetings. If an analyst or project manager has identified something that they honestly deem to be important for the company, they will give accurate but favorable numbers for the project to ensure that it will happen and strengthen the company. If the numbers that Kelvin is projecting are still possible, I believe he is working in the best interest of the company.

Suppose that instead of choosing data from the range provided by the consultant, Kelvin simply made up better numbers for his favorite initiatives. Is this an ethical lapse?

If Kelvin made up numbers that is not an ethical thing to do. Not only are you giving a false report, but as a project manager you are setting yourself up for failure because you will not be able to achieve the budget that was assigned to the project.

Kelvin planned to provide his friend with internal design specifications and the assessment criteria to be used for vendor selection for the initiative. Has Kelvin committed an ethical lapse?

This would be an ethical lapse. This is using an insider position to help strengthen someone’s position who you have personal ties with. If this was a trading situation it would not only be unethical, it would also be illegal.