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College of Administrative and Financial Sciences
Assignment - 3
Project Management (MGT323)
Deadline: 26/11/2020 @ 23:59
Course Name: Project Management
Student's Name:
Course Code:MGT323
Student's ID Number:
Semester: I
CRN:
Academic Year:2020-21, I Term
For Instructor's Use only
Instructor's Name:
Students' Grade:
Marks Obtained/Out of 5
Level of Marks: High/Middle/Low
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Assignment-3-Case Study
Assignment Question: (Marks 5)
Please read the Case-10.1 "The Blue Sky Project." from Chapter 10 "Being
an Effective Project Manager" given in your textbook Project Management:
The Managerial Process 8
th
edition by Larson and Gray page no: 384 also
refer to specific concepts you have learned from the chapter to support
your answers. Answer the following questions with 500 Words limit.
1. If you were Garth, how would you respond to the director?
(1.5 Marks)
2. What mistakes did Garth make? (1.5 Marks)
3. What are the lessons to be learned from this case? Based on
specific concepts from the chapter give your opinion. (2
Marks)
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Answers:
1. If I were Garth, I would respond to the directors by first taking them through
cloud computing. By this, I would make sure that the directors get an in-depth
understanding of what cloud computing means. Some of the directors are aging, and
hence they do not know the latest trends in securing the organization's data. Firstly, I
would educate them on the advantages of cloud computing in securing data. I would
explain to them in detail all the issues surrounding cloud computing so that they would
feel part and parcel of the project implementation.
After taking the directors on cloud computing and the service's reliability, I would
make sure that they are also engaged directly in the implementation process. Doing so
makes the directors develop confidence in cloud computing and inject funds to facilitate
its implementation. It will also help the directors gain knowledge on the project and help
out when need be (LARSON & GRAY, 2018).
2. In implementing the Blue Sky project, Garth made some mistakes that cost the
project a great deal. Firstly, he chose the OpenRange company as their cloud service
provider. He left other well-established cloud service provider companies such as
Microsoft and VMWARE for OpenRange company. The choice was very detrimental as
the company did not have experience in terms of cloud services provision. He went to
choose the company because it was cheaper compared to the other companies. In a
nutshell, he looked into the cost benefits rather than quality cloud services.
Garth's second mistake was choosing to work on the back end rather than being at
the forefront. He knew that the company was inexperienced in cloud service provision,
and instead, he decided to work behind the scenes. Since he was the one who chose the
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company, he was supposed to be at the frontline in implementing the project. Garth
would have been the one on the frontline dealing with the OpenRange trainees teaching
the fellow workmates on implementing the project. Although the project was successfully
implemented, it would have taken a shorter period if he worked on the front line.
3.From the above case study, many lessons can be learned from it. Firstly, it is
always to trust any process. The implementation process of the Blue-Sky project
experienced some hiccups at the beginning. The directors also did not agree to the project
initially, but later the project turned out fruitful. Although the process took a year, Garth
and Tom did not give up on implementing the project. They also adopted a lot of
techniques bearing in mind that the cloud service provider company was inexperienced in
cloud services provision. The approach should be adopted by companies that are trying to
struggle at the initial stages of implementing any project in their systems.
Secondly, the case study has shown that teamwork and phased implementation
should successfully implement a new project (Larson & Gray, 2013). The
implementation of the Blue-Sky project was made a success as the workers worked in
teams. We see how Garth and Tom played crucial roles in the successful implementation
of the project. The project took a phased approach during its implementation. Phased
implementation of the project facilitated that any issues that can occur can be well dealt
with, unlike implementing the project wholly. An issue can be noticed after the project
has been fully implemented. The approach was a plus for the implementation of the Blue-
Sky project.
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References
LARSON, E. W., & GRAY, C. F. (2018). Project management: the
managerial process. McGraw-Hill. Chapter 10 “Being an Effective Project
Manager” page no: 384
Larson, E., & Gray, C. (2013). Project management: The managerial
process with MS project. McGraw-Hill Education.

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College of Administrative and Financial Sciences Assignment - 3 Project Management (MGT323) Deadline: 26/11/2020 @ 23:59 Course Name: Project Management Course Code:MGT323 Student's Name: Semester: I CRN: Student's ID Number: Academic Year:2020-21, I Term For Instructor's Use only Instructor's Name: Students' Grade: Marks Obtained/Out of 5 Level of Marks: High/Middle/Low Assignment-3-Case Study Assignment Question: (Marks 5) Please read the Case-10.1 "The Blue Sky Project." from Chapter 10 "Being an Effective Project Manager" given in your textbook – Project Management: The Managerial Process 8th edition by Larson and Gray page no: 384 also refer to specific concepts you have learned from the chapter to support your answers. Answer the following questions with 500 Words limit. 1. If you were Garth, how would you respond to the director? (1.5 Marks) 2. What mistakes did Garth make? (1.5 Marks) 3. What are the lessons to be learned from this case? Based on specific concepts from the chapter give your opinion. (2 Marks) Answers: 1. If I were Garth, I would respond to the directors by first taking them through cloud computing. By this, I would make sure that the directors get an in-depth understanding of what cloud computing means. Some of the directors are aging, and hence they do not know the latest trends in securing the organization's data. Firstly, I would educate them on the advantages of cloud computing in securing data. I would explain to them in detail all the issues surrounding cloud computing so that they would feel part and parcel of the project implementation. After taking the directors on cloud computing and the service's reliability, I would make sure that they are also engaged directly in the implementation process. Doing so makes the directors develop confidence in cloud computing and inject funds to facilitate its implementation. It will also help the directors gain knowledge on the project and help out when need be (LARSON & GRAY, 2018). 2. In implementing the Blue Sky project, Garth made some mistakes that cost the project a great deal. Firstly, he chose the OpenRange company as their cloud service provider. He left other well-established cloud service provider companies such as Microsoft and VMWARE for OpenRange company. The choice was very detrimental as the company did not have experience in terms of cloud services provision. He went to choose the company because it was cheaper compared to the other companies. In a nutshell, he looked into the cost benefits rather than quality cloud services. Garth's second mistake was choosing to work on the back end rather than being at the forefront. He knew that the company was inexperienced in cloud service provision, and instead, he decided to work behind the scenes. Since he was the one who chose the company, he was supposed to be at the frontline in implementing the project. Garth would have been the one on the frontline dealing with the OpenRange trainees teaching the fellow workmates on implementing the project. Although the project was successfully implemented, it would have taken a shorter period if he worked on the front line. 3.From the above case study, many lessons can be learned from it. Firstly, it is always to trust any process. The implementation process of the Blue-Sky project experienced some hiccups at the beginning. The directors also did not agree to the project initially, but later the project turned out fruitful. Although the process took a year, Garth and Tom did not give up on implementing the project. They also adopted a lot of techniques bearing in mind that the cloud service provider company was inexperienced in cloud services provision. The approach should be adopted by companies that are trying to struggle at the initial stages of implementing any project in their systems. Secondly, the case study has shown that teamwork and phased implementation should successfully implement a new project (Larson & Gray, 2013). The implementation of the Blue-Sky project was made a success as the workers worked in teams. We see how Garth and Tom played crucial roles in the successful implementation of the project. The project took a phased approach during its implementation. Phased implementation of the project facilitated that any issues that can occur can be well dealt with, unlike implementing the project wholly. An issue can be noticed after the project has been fully implemented. The approach was a plus for the implementation of the BlueSky project. References LARSON, E. W., & GRAY, C. F. (2018). Project management: the managerial process. McGraw-Hill. Chapter 10 “Being an Effective Project Manager” page no: 384 Larson, E., & Gray, C. (2013). Project management: The managerial process with MS project. McGraw-Hill Education. Name: Description: ...
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