Paul Shaw


ITS 370


1     Create a first draft of a WBS from the following scenario. Make assumptions as needed based on the section about project planning considerations and constraints in this chapter. In your WBS, describe the skill sets required for the tasks you have planned.

Installation should be hopefully outsourced to the vendor as it is their machine and installation knowledge, which will be 18,000$ plus the outsourcing fee and the 150 hours needed to configure and install it. A further 3,240$ will be part of the training for said filter, requiring some administrators and IT support to undergo it as to stay on top of things. An administrator will also have to add the 550$ software to their laptop, and the filter needs four hours of upkeep a week while having a monthly subscription of 250$. In total, an administrator, their IT support staff, and the vendorís organization will have to be paid these new duties, which will add up to 24,790$, at least, for the first year of this being implemented fully.

Case Exercises

††††††† Discussion questions

1.   What Project management tasks should Kelvin complete before the next meeting?

He should organize his top priorities once more and see if they can be broken down into smaller steps to better convey his intentions. Bonus points if the important task is a few months out but has small things to deal with leading up to it. Have to have the time sensitive things in order after all.

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

Kevin should observe what his planned changes would do to different departments and try and decide what kind of change implementation would be best overall. He should also lay out a change plan with milestones and things that would get phased out for everyone to see, so they know what will happen when and what they can do to prepare.

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

I would have done as above, along with talking to each person in the meeting beforehand about planned changes I would be talking about during the meeting so they wouldnít be caught off guard and have time to plan around the upcoming changes.

Ethical Decision Making

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

††††††††††††††††††††††††† Cherry picking data isnít really an ethical lapse, more of a bad move, so I think Kelvin is just being a bit of a jerk about it but not ethically wrong.

†††††††††† 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?

††††††††††††††††††††††††† This is an ethical lapse, as altering data to better suit you needs is a very unethical thing to do.

†††††††††† 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 the internal design specifications and the assessment criteria to be used for vendor selection for the initiative. Has Kelvin committed an ethical lapse?

††††††††††††††††††††††††† If he was just adding his friendís company to the list of vendors, it wouldnít be an ethical lapse. Since he provided the information on how to look the most desirable, it would be an ethical lapse.