The sources for this Module’s Case are listed below. The core of the case is a description of an actual team development situation, found in the classic article and case: Charlie Poole’s Three Week Project Turnaround Retrieved on May 11th, 2011 from http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?ThreeWeekProjectTurnaround and http://www.charliepoole.org/article.php?p=turnaround You can use the prior module references and the following materials to answer the case question: Cooper, A. Building your Project Team, Project Smart, Retrieved on May 11th, 2011 from http://www.projectsmart.co.uk/building-your-project-team.html McCann, D. and R. Aldersea Managing Team Performance: Unrealistic vision or attainable reality? Team Management Systems Retrieved on July 26, 2010 from http://www.tms.com.au/tms12-1i.html Ponce, R. Project Management: 8 Steps to On-Time, On-Budget Delivery , CIO Magazine, July 26, 2009 Retrieved on May 11th, 2011 from http://www.cio.com/article/493128/Project_Management_8_Steps_to_On_Time_On_Budget_Delivery www.businessballs.com/…/project%20management%20tips.doc Note also that Poole describes the use of certain “extreme programming” (XP, not to be confused with Windows XP) practices such as “Continuous Integration”, “Small Releases”, “Onsite Customer” and “the Planning Game”. You may want to use the Wiki or other XP sources to research these practices to some degree in pursuit of your ideas. Case assignment expectations: Use information from the modular background readings as well as any good quality resource you can find. Please cite all sources and provide a reference list (use APA format) at the end of your paper. LENGTH: 3-5 pages typed and double-spaced. Your answer to the following question will be assessed: “”Lessons learned from the Three Week Project Turnaround: What went right, what went wrong, and why” In answering your question you may want to consider: – How much flexibility do project managers typically exercise in situations like this? – Have you ever been in a situation even remotely like that of the three-week project? \ – How much do you have to know about methodologies like those described here, in order to make them work for you and your team? – Is it really true that it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you get results? Or is it possible that in fact no good deed goes unpunished? The following items will be assessed in particular: 1.Your ability to apply your understanding of complex issues involved in the case question. 2. Your support for assertions using examples, citations (use required readings), and elaboration to support assertions. Evidence that you have read the required background materials. 3. Description of how to plan, develop, manage, and monitor the success of a variety of teams in an organization. 4. Explanation of how to observe a team in action and then suggest ways to improve their processes in order to reach their set goals 5. Evidence of your thinking about the issues, and going beyond the obvious to develop an analysis reflecting your own critical thinking. (Note: This is discussed in Welcome Message and Module Home pages). Case Expectations, and Grading Criteria: Your paper will be evaluated on the following criteria (meeting minimum requirements is B performance):Complete the Case assignment, demonstrating use of required materials. Minimum Length of 4-5 pages (since a page is about 300 words, this is approximately 600-900 words) Conducted evaluation and analysis as required Precision: the questions asked are answered. Clarity: Your answers are clear and show your good understanding of the topic. Breadth and Depth: The scope covered in your paper is directly related to the questions of the assignment and the learning objectives of the module. Critical thinking: Incorporate YOUR reactions, examples, and applications of the material to business that illustrate your reflective judgment and good understanding of the concepts.
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