Exercises

1.  Write a job description for Kelvin Urich, the project management 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.

 

-      Have a bachelorís degree, work great with others from all departments, great communicate skills, communicate strategically and ethically with others, previous experience in business and management, 3 years of management experience.

-      Because these are skills people need to have to preform their jobs. They need to know how to communicate with others and have experience of managing others.

 

2.  Search the Web for job descriptions of project managers. You can use any number of the 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?

 

-      Previous experience, managing others, working with others, bachelorís degree, analysis of data.

-      The ability of Traveling

 

Case Exercises

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

 

-      Kelvin should meet with the IT department, before hand and see what thoughts they had on the issue. Kelvin should meet with any departments that might be slightly affect by the changes he wants to implement.

 

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

 

-      Kelvin has to take a process slow and steady and be ready for any bumps in the roads as people have to Unfreeze, Change, and then Freeze (Kurt Lewin's Model for Change Management). Kelvin and everyone else has to prepare for the changes that are happening, before instantly changing from one situation to another.

 

 

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

 

-      Prepare people for change as thatís important and at least had the plan looked over by the main IT department to see what issues they had with it and adjust accordingly.

 

Ethical Decision Making

Suppose Kelvin has seven controls listed as the top tier of project initiatives. At his next meeting with Charlie, he provides a rank-ordered list of these controls with projected losses over the next 10 years for each if it is not completed. Also, he has estimated the 10-year cost for developing, implementing, and operating each control. Kelvin has identified three controls as being the most advantageous for the organizations in his opinion. As he prepared the slides for the meeting, he ďadjustedí most projected losses upward to the top end of the range estimated given by the consultant who prepared the data. For the projected costs of his preferred controls, he chose to use the lowest end of the range provided by the consultant.

 

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

 

-      No, as he did what would be the most probably picks of the three controls and wanted to keep the most projected loss out of the list as it would have been bad for the company.

 

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

 

-      Yes, this is not morally right to do as you should have the correct and honest facts about what you do in life.

 

3.  Suppose Kelvin has a close friend who works for a firm that makes and sells software for a specific control objective on the list. When Kelvin prioritized the list of his preferences, he made sure that specific control was at the top of the list. Kelvin planned to provide his friend with internal design specifications and assessment criteria to be used for vender selection for the initiative. Has Kelvin committed an ethical lapse?

 

-      Possible as he did give out plans and assessments of their controls but the guy is also a friend which could be bad or good. But this is similar to a consultant because you give them what you might want and price and other information.