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PSC450 all weeks Discussions and Assignments Complete Course

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PSC450 all weeks Discussions and Assignments Complete Course

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PSC450 all weeks Discussions and Assignments Complete Course

 

 

 

PSC450 Week 1 Discussions

 

dq 1

 

In your own words, define organizational strategy. Explain the relationship between a business’s organizational strategy and its projects. Based on your budding understanding of project management, predict which elements of project management are most influenced by the business’s organizational strategy? Provide specific examples.

 

dq 2

 

Review two of the project management software tools available via links in the course syllabus. Provide an overview of each software and decide if you will use either of the software for projects throughout the course and why. If you decide to use the software, what challenges, if any, do you foresee with using it? If you have used any of the software before, please share your experience and any tips you may have.

 

PSC450 Week 2 Discussions

 

dq 1

 

Discuss the process your CLC team went through to assess your team’s project proposals, prioritize them, and select the first project to be undertaken by your retail store. What challenges did you have, if any? What worked well? Were you surprised by anything as it relates to the communication among your team in completing the assignment? What are your team plans for completing the work breakdown structure? Which software will you be using and why?

 

dq 2

 

How would you go about analyzing an organizational structure in terms of creating a work breakdown structure? What are the major organizational characteristics that you would evaluate? Provide an example to support your response. You may use your CLC assignment and background information as your support.

 

PSC450 Week 3 Discussions

 

dq 1

 

What are the differences between bottom-up and top-down estimating approaches? Determine advantages and disadvantages for using each approach. Under what conditions would you prefer one over the other? Provide a specific example to support your response.

 

dq 2

 

Why bother creating a WBS? Why not go straight to a project network and forget the WBS?

 

PSC450 Week 4 Discussion

 

dq 1

 

Explain, in your own words, the relationship between a project network and a project plan. Can a project plan be created without a project network? Why or why not? Provide a specific example and evidence from the readings to support your response.

 

dq 2

 

Share a source you will use in writing your resource scheduling methods analysis paper. Provide an APA citation for the source. Provide a brief summary of the source, an evaluation of the merits or reliability of the source, and your personal reaction to the contents of the source such as whether or not you learned anything new regarding project management.

 

PSC450 Week 5 Discussion

 

dq 1

 

The Manchester United Soccer Tournament project team (refer to the Manchester United Soccer club case study in chapter 4 of the text) has identified the following potential risks to their project:

  1. 1. Referees failing to show up at designated games
  • Fighting between teams
  • Pivotal error committed by a referee that determines the outcome of a game
  • Abusive behavior along the sidelines by parents
  • Inadequate parking
  • Not enough teams sign up for different age brackets
  • Serious injury

How would you recommend that they respond (i.e., avoid, accept) to these risks and why? Support your response with evidence from the readings or other materials. Please be sure to use APA format for citing your source. As a follow-up to the discussion, critique the response of at least one fellow classmate by acknowledging both strengths and opportunities for improvement (things the classmate may not have considered) in his or her response.

 

dq 2

 

Consider the following statement: “The essence of project management is risk management.” What does it mean in terms of completing a project successfully? Support your response with evidence from the readings or other materials. Be sure to use APA format for citing your source.

 

PSC450 Week 6 Discussion

 

dq 1

 

Reflect upon the projects completed in your CLC team. Analyze the development of the team in terms of the five-phase model or the punctuated equilibrium model. Choose the model that does the best job of explaining how your team evolved. Provide specific examples from your experience working in your team as to why the model is the best fit for explaining the development of your team.

 

dq 2

 

As a project manager, describe your approach to managing conflict within a team. How would you approach resolving a personality conflict within a team?

 

PSC450 Week 7 Discussion

 

dq 1

 

Why is it important for project managers to resist changes to the project baseline? Under what conditions would a project manager make changes to a baseline? When would a project manager not allow changes to a baseline?

 

dq 2

 

Describe your approach to tracking a project. What kinds of issues would you focus on if you were a project manager? Why?

 

PSC450 Week 8 Discussion

 

dq 1

 

What challenges may arise if a U.S. project manager moves to a foreign country to manage a project for 5 years? Discuss specific strategies that the U.S. project manager could use to be successful in a situation such as this. Be specific and support your response with evidence from the readings or other materials. Please be sure to use APA format for citing your source(s).

 

dq 2

 

Reflect upon your experiences throughout the course. What was the most surprising thing you learned about project management and why? What was the most challenging concept studied? What are you most likely to use as a current or future project manager?

 

PSC450 Week 1 Benchmark Assignment

 

Details:

You currently work for a retail store that carries basic household goods, some groceries, and health and beauty products. The store is located in the small community (approximately 5,000 total residents) in which you live and is looking to expand its operations in some way.

For this assignment, you are required to develop a major project proposal to be undertaken by your employer. You may decide to expand your product offerings or open an additional store in an adjacent community, for example.

You may use figure 2.4A and B in chapter 2 of your textbook as a general outline of what your proposal should entail. Your project proposal must include the following components:

  1. 1. Project title
  2. 2. Project manager (yourself)
  3. 3. Problem definition or project rationale: Describe the problem or opportunity for improvement.
  4. 4. Goal definition: Describe the project goals.
  5. 5. Objective definition: Quantify the savings or benefits you expect from completing this project. How much will it cost (hours, materials, methods, equipment, etc.)? Estimate how long the project will take to complete.
  6. 6. Resources: Identify the resources necessary to complete the project.
  7. 7. Risk analysis: Identify the major risks associated with undertaking this project. How likely is it that these risks will occur? How will the project be impacted if these risks occur?

Refer to “The Retail Store” for additional information about your organization.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin, unless otherwise directed by your instructor. If so directed, refer to the Student Success Center for directions. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

 

PSC450 Week 2 CLC Project Selection Assignment

 

Details:

 

This is a CLC assignment.

Your instructor will assign you to a Collaborative Learning Community (CLC) team. Submit your project proposal completed for Module 1 to your CLC team for review.

Work with your CLC team to evaluate the project proposals submitted by your team members. Refer to “The Retail Store” information sheet and figure 2.6 in chapter 2 of your textbook (an explanation of how to use this figure precedes it) for the additional information needed to complete a priority analysis.

Use the completed priority analysis, your organization background information, and your knowledge thus far gained in project management to collectively prioritize the projects and decide which project is to be undertaken first.

Your CLC team should submit the following:

  1. 1. A completed priority analysis
  2. 2. Determination of which project is to be undertaken first, along with a summary of why the project was chosen, including an explanation of the relationship between the project and the organization’s mission, vision, and objectives

APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin, unless otherwise directed by your instructor. If so directed, refer to the Student Success Center for directions. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

 

 

PSC450 Week 3 Sharp Printing, AG Assignment

 

Details:

 

Read through the Sharp Printing, AG case found in chapter 5 of the textbook. This case refers to Lauren, an experienced employee who is assigned as the project manager to the project at hand. According to the WBS, the estimate on this project was increasingly over budget. In preparation for a meeting with stakeholders, Lauren brainstormed suggestions to resolve some of the estimates originally compiled.

Decide what you would do if you were the project manager on this project. Identify which suggestions offered were supportive to the end result of the project.

Answer the corresponding questions provided at the end of the case (500-750 words). Use references from the reading materials to support your response.

APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin, unless otherwise directed by your instructor. If so directed, refer to the Student Success Center for directions. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

 

PSC450 Week 3 Project Network Plan Assignment

 

Details:

 

Project Networking provides the necessary tools to monitor project progress. Considerable time and effort is expended developing successful project networks.

Refer to exercise 9 in chapter 6 of the textbook. Read the assignment thoroughly and analyze the data provided in the diagram.

Compute the project network sequence and proper timing to complete the project using an excel spreadsheet, PowerPoint, or another appropriate form of delivery method. Address all required information in the description presented in exercise 9. In addition, respond to the following questions (300-500 words):

  1. 1. Provide the Early Start, Early Finish, Late Start, and Late Finish times for each activity. Compute the Total Slack for each activity. Determine which activities are on the critical path. How long will it take to complete the project?
  2. 2. An activity that is on the critical path for this project has increased by 7. Will the project end date be delayed? If so, by how much?

APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin, unless otherwise directed by your instructor. If so directed, refer to the Student Success Center for directions. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

 

PSC450 Week 4 CLC: Defining the Project Assignment

 

Details:

 

This is a CLC assignment.

For this assignment, work with your CLC team to develop a project scope statement and work breakdown structure (WBS) for the project chosen in Module 2.

You may use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, or Microsoft Visio to complete this assignment. You may optionally use project management scheduling software to create the WBS. Note that use of project management scheduling software is optional and not required.

Refer to chapter 4 of your textbook for examples of project scope statements and layouts of a WBS. A good WBS example is shown in Figure 4.4.

APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin, unless otherwise directed by your instructor. If so directed, refer to the Student Success Center for directions. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

 

 

PSC450 Week 5 Resource Scheduling Methods Analysis Paper Assignment

 

Details:

 

For this assignment, write a paper of 750-1,000 words in which you analyze the concept of resource scheduling and evaluating various methods used to schedule resources in project management.

Your analysis should include the following:

  1. 1. An analysis of the benefits and challenges associated with resource scheduling
  2. 2. A discussion of at least two methods used to schedule resources and examples of when each method would be most appropriate, given the scope of the project

Choose which method would be most appropriate for the project your CLC team selected and explain why you felt it was most appropriate.

You must include at least two additional sources, one of which must be a journal article, outside of your textbook, to support your analysis.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

 

 

PSC450 Week 6 Franklin Equipment, Ltd. Case Study Assignment

 

Details:

 

Read the “Franklin Equipment, Ltd.” case study in chapter 11 of the textbook.

Answer the corresponding questions in 750-1,000 words.

Use references from the reading materials to support your responses.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

 

 

PSC450 Week 7 Tree Trimming Project Assignment

Details:

 

Read through the Tree Trimming Projectcase in chapter 13 of the textbook. This case refers to the earned value (EV) of the owner, Will Fence’s Tree Trimming business. Will briefly describes his techniques for EV. Based on the description provided in the case, is Will using EV?

Answer the corresponding question provided at the end of

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