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have authority to give a pay raise or promote a project team member. This project manager can report poor performance of a team member to the employee's manager. The project manager also does not control the budget. Product management allocates the budget. Given this context, what can this project manager do to energize the project team?

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TopLiance Corporation sells home appliances. They have over 50 sales agents across multiple states. They have decided to implement an online sales program. The new Internet based sales program is expected to increase the sales volume and enhance the profit margin.
You are asked to head the project team and you are expected to generate the following:

1. A Project Charter (include project title, date of authorization, project manager's name, brief scope statement, planned approach for managing the project, roles and responsibilities matrix, sign-off section)

2. Project Schedule (use one of the tools you have been introduced to in the course)

3. Cost Estimate (provide a definitive cost estimate)

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Valuable time is lost in planning. Substantial savings can be realized if corporations would cut down on planning and concentrate on implementing." Do you agree or disagree with this view? Provide reasoning for your view.

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You have already generated a project charter, a project schedule, and a cost estimate for the TopLiance Corporation, which sells home appliances. They have over 50 sales agents across multiple states. They have decided to implement an on-line sales program. The new Internet based sales program is expected to increase the sales volume and enhance the profit margin.

For this assignment, you are expected to generate the following:

1. A Project Quality Management Plan (be sure to address quality planning, quality assurance, and quality control).

2. A Project Risk Management Plan.

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In project management, the control process can be replaced with proper standards and guidelines. Too much control is counter-productive." Do you agree or disagree with this view? Provide reasoning for your view.

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<br>This question has a case of TopLance Corporation interspersed with purely theoretical questions on project management. The questions pertain to planning and control.
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<br>There are some assumptions which the question makes. First, the question assumes that 50 sales agents in different states can operate by themselves. This is not supported by evidence. There has to be a corresponding manufacturing facility, storage facility and delivery system in place. Second, the question presupposes that valuable time is lost in planning and that when the planning is on there is no work is done. This is unsubstantiated, usually, the early phases of work is decided immediately and the work continues even when the planning is on. Thirdly, the question wants that the control process be replaced with proper standards and guidelines. What the question omits mentioning is that the control process always begins with setting up of proper standards and when the standards are not available guidelines are given. Does the question imply that the control process should first be started and then left halfway!
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<br>Given below is a template to help you write your answer.
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<br>#1. To energize the project team the project manager can:
<br>1. Improve communications among the team members.
<br>2. Communicate the objectives and deadlines to the project team members.
<br>3. Institute non-cash awards for excellence in performance and teamwork.
<br>4. Organize team development activities and increase group cohesion.
<br>5. Provide support to employees who are overworked or are personally ...

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