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Need assistance on the following 4 questions. Need at least a 200 word response for each though please.

1. What are possible sources of conflict within a project team? What approach can a project manager use to keep the project on track and not be negatively impacted by such conflicts?

2. What are the different types of evaluation options for achieving project goals for both team-based and financial analysis?

3. How does each of the following impact project development: problem-driven projects, opportunity-driven projects, and mandate-driven projects?

4. What are the three core attributes/capabilities a project manager needs in order to lead a successful team? What skills does a project manager need? Explain the value of each.

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http://www.fao.org/docrep/w7510e/w7510e05.htm

https://www.bia.ca/articles/DealingwithConflictinProjectTeams.htm

http://www.cio.com/article/2433916/project-management/six-attributes-of-successful-project-managers.html

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/problems-opportunities-directives-can-drive-project-selection-process-35734.html

1. What are possible sources of conflict within a project team? What approach can a project manager use to keep the project on track and not be negatively impacted by such conflicts?

Possible sources of conflict within teams include project goals that are not agreed upon, disagreement of the project's priorities and conflicting work schedules. In addition, there is also conflict when employees are working for various managers and communication is limited as a result of a lack of competent information flow. Employees that face difficult and complex reporting relationships due to a variety of project managers are more susceptible to experience further conflict opportunities. Different team members could also collide over personality traits that cause interpersonal issues between team members especially if the project team is comprised of high technology employees that rely upon cross-functional, self-directed teams with technical backgrounds because they rely upon others to achieve their objectives and meet project deadlines. Strategies that project managers can use to keep the project on track include holding more frequent meetings and status review sessions, which fosters efficient communication between team members while also reducing common misperceptions that are held by members regarding the project goals and priorities. The project manager should also provide team members with soft skills training in human relations, which is effective for fostering an environment that is predicated upon collaboration. The project manager should always ...

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As the Project Manager, you have been charged with implementing the procurement process and you decide your first project will be purchasing the scheduling tool for ACME Development Corporation.

Deliverable Length: 2500-3500 words/student, 1500-1750 discuss. words

Create a Risk Template without risk responses by listing those risks that you think are appropriate for APDC. You may need to make assumptions about the project. Just be sure to document them in the description of the risk. Consider both project and product risks. Consider external as well as internal risks. Consider risks to the project budget, its schedule, its resources and the product's quality. Categorize and quantify them.

Create a Weighted Scorecard list of functional requirements for a scheduling tool you need to purchase for APDC. Place each of your requirement statements, one per row, in the Requirements column. Decide what weight you want to give to each requirement and place it in the Weight column. Document any assumptions you make in footnotes. When you are finished, the score and weighted score columns should not be blank.

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