1. Your financial services company, Issor, located on the Texas Gulf Coast, is merging with
another, larger financial services company, Arkanis, located in Oklahoma. Issor has been
successful with mining social media data and Arkanis would like to enter that realm, as
well. The merger negotiations have left both companies short on funds and all employees
nervous about the future of their jobs, as rumors of layoffs and position consolidations
run rampant. Senior management are considering cutting back on project planning
activities, with the reasoning that both companies have the same functions and no
planning is needed to merge operations, because the previous merger in 1972 ran
smoothly and they didn't have project management back in those days. It is July.
Hurricane Tara has recently formed near Mexico. Everyone is still recovering from the
effects of Hurricane Shep a couple of weeks ago. You've been given a chance to plead the
case for project planning. What factors and benefits of project planning and management
will you emphasize why? What is the worst that could happen? What role do business
continuity and disaster recovery have in this scenario?
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