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Read the case study attached and help write a paper explaining whether the right decision was made. Use the focus questions below the case study. Help should be about 2 pages.

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1. How did the tools that Scott's team selected help them to identify the source of the problem?
These tools allowed the team to break down the problems and their causes into manageable parts and also gave a visual representation of what the problems were and how they came about. Then the Pareto chart allowed the team to prioritize the problems with the EIS system for customers. With this information, the team could formulate both better ways to address the problems and the solutions. It also gave them ways to identify how much each problem was causing customer dissatisfaction.

2. Hindsight being 20/20, are there other tools that Scott's ...

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A review of the value of tools using the assignment case study.

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Scenario - Your company, LRH Products, is about to attend a major trade show event in another city. You, a member of the marketing team, have been selected to manage the project. The project includes all the activities necessary to update the trade show display, re-stock the collaterals (brochures, signs, presentations), order new give aways, transport the trade show materials, and make all travel arrangements. At this time, you do not need to update any of the printed collaterals, but the presentation will likely need some small modifications. The sales people who will staff the booth also need to be identified, notified, and trained. Clothing may also be necessary to order for them. You will start this project ten weeks before the event; the display needs to be shipped ten calendar days before the event begins to ensure adequate time for set-up by the on-site trade show staff. You have adequate budget, which was prepared by the marketing manager based on the costs from the last show. You have a small team of people to help you complete the project. You are available to work up to 16 hours a week on the project. As the newest person in the marketing department, you are not very familiar with the products or what has been done at previous trade shows. You have significant experience organizing trade show events since you used to work from one of the competitors. You also have experience training sales staff. You do not know the vendors with whom you will work on this project, such as the printer and give away supplier.

You do have the following individuals to draw upon their expertise for help and guidance.

Pat

Hours available per week 12

Related Experience - Has been involved with the trade show for the past several years. Is very knowledgeable about the products and has a solid working relationship with the sales staff.

Comments - Likes to update the collaterals, especially the presentation. Is comfortable training the sales staff, but doesn't always cover the material correctly. Will go on vacation four weeks prior to the trade show and will be off for two weeks.

Terry

Hours available per week 8

Related Experience - Administrative assistant for the marketing department and has been involved in preparations for several trade shows.

Comments - Enjoys working on the give-aways and presentations. Does not enjoy making travel arrangements and tends to make mistakes there. May be pulled away from this project to support more time-critical activities.

Task needing assistance - When someone says "project management tool" the first thing that comes to mind is Microsoft Project. Yet that is just one of the many tools available to and required by project managers. Your role as project manager requires you to use a variety of tools to help through the process. The Marketing Manager has asked you to research and write about the various tools that are available to the project manager. Using the Cybrary, the Internet, and any other materials locate and read articles on other project management tools. Describe the basic tools used by project manager and relate this to applications such as Excel, MS project and other packages that automate these processes.

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