Exercises

3.) Write a job description for Kevin 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.†††††††††

Job Title: Project Manager

Department: Information Technology

Location: Tampa, Florida

Report to: Vice President of Product management

Job Summary: At this position youíll be responsible for running and managing small projects, and parts of bigger projects. Act in a professional manor and show techniques and lead and control the project in terms of cost, time, and give the customer the highest degree of customer satisfaction.

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?††

The most common requirements that all the job postings that Iíve seen require a four-year bachelorís degree in the IT field. Like 3-5 years of work experience and as well some experience in managing. Also, a few skill requirements such as strong analytical, organizational, and strong problem-solving skills. There wasnít really anything unusual that Iíve seen these jobs required besides proficiencies in specific programs. †††††††††††††††††††††

Discussion Questions

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

He should have highlighted the important points and focus his time on those. If he does that and brings it to the meeting, then when he presents it in the meeting then the team wonít feel as overwhelmed and feel like there jobs were on the line.

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

He should do what I said in the question 1. He should break down the main objective into small and manageable steps, so the team doesnít feel overwhelmed. This fits in the project management process by achieving the main objectives. †††††††††††

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

I would have broken down everything he explained in the meeting and then highlighted the main points, so the team doesnít feel overwhelmed.

Ethical Decision Making†††††††††††††

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

I donít think so because heís not giving false information to the team and he is doing what he thinks is best for 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?

This is because he is using false information and lying to the higher ups in the company so he can do projects he wants instead of ones that befit the company.

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 the assessment criteria to be used for vendor selection for the initiative. Has Kelvin committed an ethical lapse?

I think that a ethical lapse because giving his friend all that information about the interworkingís of the company without approval can get him fired and put others in danger.