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Personal Motivation, Tech Planning and Risk Critique

Paper in which you critique best practices in the areas of technology planning and development, technology personnel motivation and employee improvement programs, and technology risk management. Based upon your critique, you will develop metrics that could be used to evaluate these areas.

Find five peer-reviewed articles detailing best practices in technology planning and development. Provide a brief summary of the five best practices, identify an organization using each best practice, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each best practice. Based on these five best practices, create metrics that could be used to evaluate an organization's technology planning and development processes.

Find five peer-reviewed articles detailing best practices in technology personnel motivation and employee improvement programs. Provide a brief summary of the five best practices, identify an organization using each best practice, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each best practice. Based on these five best practices, create metrics that could be used to evaluate an organization's technology personnel motivation and employee improvement programs.

Find five peer-reviewed articles detailing best practices in technology risk management. Provide a brief summary of the five best practices, identify an organization using each best practice, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each best practice. Based on these five best practices, create metrics that could be used to evaluate an organization's technology risk management procedures.

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Abstract

This paper will discuss the best practices for technology planning and development, best practices in technology personnel motivation and employee improvement programs and five best practices in technology risk management through the research provided through peer reviewed articles.

Executive Summary

Many companies and organizations have various ways of doing business and are quite successful. Through planning and development and employee motivation and risk management, these three sections of structure become one. When one part of the chain is broken, risks become apparent. This paper discusses these risks and outlines three entities that have used best practices to their advantage.

Find five peer-reviewed articles detailing best practices in technology planning and development.

Many peer articles were available on this subject, as information technology as the heartbeat of all of today's businesses. The articles I reviewed were Best Practices in Information Technology Management (Michael 1996); Information Technology, Information Planning for Libraries (McGee 2006); Urban and Regional Technology Planning (Corey 2007); Technology Management and Its Roots (Bellamy 2001); and Technology and Leadership (Barclay 2002). Small or large, information technology is present in one form or another. I have reviewed five peer articles and my critique is as follows.

Critique

The best practices are to align the processes and practices across the technology management area. "Traditionally, access is viewed as simply the ratio of computers to users but, as indicated in this model, access is best defined as the extent to which users are able to lay hands on functioning hardware when needed. The mere presence of computer hardware does not automatically result in access; hence, the need to identify the problems associated with access." (Michael 1996)
Best practices must always be tailored in a manner exclusive to the business it serves. Through an internal assessment, gaps in the technology can be found. With new research and the apparent gap, an improvement plan can be constructed that will align the leadership and the organization through knowledge management gains with a result that will create a business driven unit.

Five Best Practices

The five best practices for this scenario are internal assessment, improvement plan, knowledge management, concept and strategy.

Rubbermaid

Rubbermaid Corporation uses best practices with its Technology. This company manufacturers rubber products ranging from plastic food storage containers to garbage cans. (Rubbermaid 2009) The company strives for success and it shows in its products and its longevity. Technology in the company's business studies work with the project management process, special ventures technologies, knowledge management and competency, making the technology business driven, as the business is driven through the company's products and product innovation is a form of best practices in technology planning and development.

Rubbermaid's use of Best Practices Strengths and Weaknesses

Rubbermaid uses the best practice of intelligence. This is a strength, as intelligence advises of new technology through research and development and this brings the company market share gain as the consumer knows the technology is proven. Rubbermaid also used the best practice of concept. This best practice is also a strength, as concept is a part of technology and without the concept, new technologies would not come to fruition. The best practice of strategy is a strength and weakness. Not all strategies are implemented well. Knowledge management is a strength that is focused upon through poor strategy to correct the strategy and turn the weakness into a strength. In closing, the improvement plan is a best practice that ensures the other best practices are on track and when they falter, the improvement plan is the last stop on the line and this strength corrects poor results for success. (Newell Rubbermaid 2009)

Matrix

The suggested matrix for Rubbermaid is clear. Gaps will be defined and broken down into three subcategories of gaps. The first category will be all identified gaps. The next category will consist of the important gaps. The last category will be the crucial gaps. Once these gaps are properly identified, Rubbermaid will implement practices and these practices will be broken down into three subcategories. The first category will focus on all identified practices. The second category will discuss applicable practices and the last gap will discuss the adapted best practices. The crucial gaps will be lined up with the adapted best practices and this integration will eliminate the majority of the gaps ...

Solution Summary

The solution critiques the best practices today in the areas of personal motivation, technology planning and risk

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