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Managing Change as a Project Manager

Assistance #1

List the skills that will enable the project manager to most effectively manage change. As companies recognize the synergistic results of integrating processes, project management is typically integrated with which six management components? How does this integration create an environment for excellence?

1. Describe the nine components of the planning phase.
2. Explain the following Deming quote, "If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing."

Provide the general specifications and requirements for a project information management system that will facilitate project control and enable change management.

Issues:

How can you create an environment that enables employees to adapt to the inevitable changes that will occur on your project? What tools can you provide to your employees to facilitate their adaptation?

Assistance #2
Explain how the project manager gathers information that is useful for developing and managing project scope.

Using your selected project, develop your preliminary work breakdown structure. Use Microsoft Project or other tool as
appropriate to complete the assignment.

Issues:

Provide a synopsis of an article or an Internet piece on work breakdown structures. Please provide at least 4-6 sentences
Assistance #3
Discuss the responsibilities of the project manager in the ongoing maintenance of the project schedule.

Using the work breakdown structure for your individual project, develop your preliminary schedule. Include identification of dependencies. Use Microsoft Project or other tools as appropriate to complete the assignment.

Identify the key problem/constraint you feel will be most likely to impact the schedule you have developed.

Issues :
1. How can schedule changes impact the scope, resource allocation, and duration of the project?
2. What types of reporting of schedule changes will be required to control the total project?
3. When should you use resource leveling?
4. How can you best present your schedule to your stakeholders?

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The response addresses the queries posted in 2401 words with references.
// Change is an inevitable fact in an organization. Every organization is applying changes to take steps with the pace of current dynamics. These changes are applied in the form of project which is led by a project manager. This paper will shed light on the skills required by the project manager to most effectively manage the change.//

Assistance #1

For implementing change in most efficient manner following skills are required by the manager:

Analytical skills: The first and most important skill a project manager must have is ability to analyze the probable effects of a project. For assessing the apparent effects financial, personnel, company's image, legal issues should be focused ( 7 key skills of a project manager, 2003)
Strong interpersonal skills: Project manger must have strong soft skills so that he can effectively communicate the future plans and strategies required to communicate to the employees, workers, stake holders, etc also can solve problems of the workforce ( 7 key skills of a project manager, 2003)
Patience: Whenever change is implemented there is always some opposition and sometimes it is of very high degree. Due to this a manager needs to be patient. Thus this skill is very much necessary for management of change.
Positive thinking attitude: Many a times a project takes time to generate good results so a positive attitude should be adopted about the project outcomes.
// Above, we discussed the characteristics of a project manager. This part of the paper will discuss nine management components with which, the project management is integrated. It will also discuss how this integration is helpful in creating an environment for excellence.//

Initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling, closings of the project are the steps followed by every project. These steps have their originated from management books. Planning, organizing, staffing, directing, controlling, feedback are the key components of management on which the steps of project management are based.

This integration of management components and project planning has resulted in positive results. As for any objective to be accomplish firstly initiating of the planning for the project has to be done, it includes its objective defining and appropriation of resources. After appropriate planning its efficient execution has to be done this requires preparing workforce to accomplish the task by providing information about the project.

Further monitoring and controlling of the project is also very important as it make certain that goals and objectives of the project are achieved and last but not the least formal closing of the project considering all important documentation and information needed to close down a project. All these activities are important for the effective accomplishment of the project (Five Essential Elements of Project Management, 2011).

//Planning is one of the most important functions of an organization. Planning phase consists of several components. This part of the paper will discuss nine components of planning phase.//

Work breakdown structure: It is basically a division of entire work (product) into small parts which helps in better planning and execution of the project.
Resource plan: It is required to figure out all the necessary elements needed for the project.
Project schedule: It includes the projects starting and ending dates.
Project budget: It includes financial requirements of the project.
Performance plan: It consists of various activities a performer must perform.
Risk management: It embeds assessment of the risk and its severity and possible measures to be adopted for the proper alleviating possible harms.
procurement plan: The proper management of the services to be rendered from the supplier
Communication plan: The insemination of information with clarity and effectively is very important for any project completion.
Change and configuration management: The proper planning of the unexpected changes like changes in the cost of material, labor unrest, and any natural calamity is very important (Project Management Guideline, 2006).
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