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Parts A,B,C are just steps to take to make the Rough draft on the topic Projet planning in Teams
750 word minimum rough draft to help me get started.

Part A:

I need help completing a rough draft on the following paper (750 Words Minimum):

My selected topic is one aspect of team dynamics to serve as the basis of the Individual Paper on Team Dynamics. Possible topics include:

I selected this topic:

Project planning in teams

Part B:

After completing preliminary research I will need to complete the following prewriting activities:

1. Describe the assignment's general topic as well as the paper's purpose and audience.

2. Use one or more of the following techniques to narrow the topic:

a. Use "Brainstorming Techniques" to generate ideas.

b. Freewrite what is known about the topic and look for threads of an idea.

c. Ask the six journalists' questions to focus on possible writing topics:
1) Who?
2) What?
3) When?
4) Where?
5) Why?
6) How?

3. Using the outcomes of the previous activity, develop some potential paragraph topics.

Part C:

Create a 700 to 1,500 word rough draft examining one aspect of team dynamics (Project planning in teams). Include the following elements in your examination:
? A thesis statement, introduction, body with support details, and conclusion
? Address the benefits and challenges of working in teams in relationship to the selected topic
? examine how teams can enhance their performance in and realize more benefits in the selected topic area
? A minimum of four references
? APA formatting as outlined in the APA Manual, the APA 5th Edition Made Easy document

Please help with good work thank you.

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Dear Student,
What you really need to do is sitting down at a place where you can freely and deeply think about specific answers to these specific steps already provided for you. But not to narrate any further, here are the specific suggestions I have for you. (Since I already emailed you to provide me with those from your own but didn't hear from you, I will provide suggesions to how I normally tackle postings).

1. Describe the assignment's general topic as well as the paper's purpose and audience.
Here are some steps I learned when I was an undergrad:

Academic assignments create a situation in which a dual rhetoric is involved. There is an element of pretense, because the writing is not for a real world situation. There is usually a hypothetical, pretended, audience for the writing, in addition to the "real" audience, the instructor. The needs of these two audiences are quite different, and the conflict between the two can be confusing. For example, you may be writing an informative report, but you may feel that the instructor already knows all the information you have to present. How do you choose what to include and what to leave out if the reader already knows everything?

Parallel to the problem of dual audiences is the problem of purpose. The immediate purpose is to influence the instructor to give a good grade, but the document usually has another hypothetical function related to the assignment.

Identifying the Audience
The following questions will help you identify the intended audience:

*The teacher is one reader, but most assignments have other hypothetical readers that students are supposed to address. *Who are they?
*What do these readers know about the topic? What do they need to know?
*What are these readers likely to believe about this topic? Are they likely to agree or disagree with you?
*If this assignment were a real-world piece of writing, how would readers use it? What would they use it for? Would the writing, as it exists, serve their needs?

These are the questions you should consider yourself when sitting down to work on this part of the pre-writing process. As for defining purpose for this topic of yours, there are the following questions you should consider:

Discovering the Purpose
The following questions will help you discover your purpose:

***What is the instructor's purpose in making the assignment? What does the instructor want you to learn? What kind of knowledge does the instructor want you to demonstrate?
***What is your purpose as a writer (besides getting a good grade)? Is it to sell something, explain something, describe how to do something, persuade the reader of something, record or document something?
***Is the writing effective in accomplishing your purpose? Is the style appropriate? Is the organization what the audience expects? Are your arguments convincing and well-supported?
***What role are you supposed to play as a writer in this situation? Are you supposed to write as a layman, a professional-in-training, a full-fledged member of the profession, or in some other role?

As far as free-writing or brainstorming goes, another article from one of the valuable sites I often used have helped me tremendously~

Introduction to Prewriting (Invention)
When you sit down to write...

Does your mind turn blank?
Are you sure you have nothing to say?
If so, you're not alone. Many writers experience this at some time or another, but some people have strategies or techniques to get them started. When you are planning to write something, try some of the following suggestions.

You can try the textbook formula:

State your thesis.
Write an outline.
Write the first draft.
Revise and polish.
. . . but that often doesn't work.

Instead, you can try one or more of these strategies:

Ask yourself what your purpose is for writing about the subject.
There are many "correct" things to write about for any subject, but you need to narrow down your choices. For example, your topic might be "dorm food." At this point, you and your potential reader are asking the same question, "So what?" Why should you write about this, and why should anyone read it?

Do you want the reader to pity you because of the intolerable food you have to eat there?

Do you want to analyze large-scale institutional cooking?

Do you want to compare Purdue's dorm food to that served at Indiana University?

Ask yourself how you are going ...

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Project Motorcycle.docx

Project Motorcycles (Informational Paper)
- Project organisation essentially allows for a seriatim approach at efficiently handling the varying important stages involved in implementing the project in order to achieve success vis-a-vis the wider objectives of the project sponsor(s), the firm itself, the customers, and the stakeholders.
- Prior to touching upon these varying stages it will be necessary to put the organising backbone in place; it should comprise of the following:
o The project manager
o The project team
o The project board member
o The project assurance team
o Client/customer liaison channels
o Evaluation and reporting process
o Monitoring, planning and control process

- With an organising platform in place it will then be possible to produce a plan which amongst other things will feature:
o Objectives definition - project sponsor should subsequently approve it.
o Work itemisation (breakdown) - Critical path analysis or method can be used. Gantt charts could also be considered.
o Time estimation - Microsoft project software could be utilized.
o Stage prioritisation - Carefully deciding about which of the varying stages takes precedence over another, and those that can run in parallel; network analysis (work breakdown structure system) will be of immense help here.
o The initial project plan - With the requisite information regarding project stages and precedents at hand, a fitting network diagram can be produced showing the interrelatedness and varying links and aggregate time for the project, i.e., completion time. Specifying the start date should subsequently bring about the completion time for the tour motorcycle design, production, test and market launch project.

- Where a careful and thoroughly thought through approach is adopted in designing, producing, testing and distributing via the project management process as narrated in the preceding section - the organising and planning steps - the common problem of risk of failure that afflicts most firms that embarks on working on a project without a plan from an organised platform can be avoided.
- Issues pertaining to employee retraining within the production and marketing department; maintaining a much tighter control on cost and the adequacy of production facility to handle the new scope which is more of a short-term aspect can always be addressed reasonably well in light of management's commitment to ensuring the highest level of customer experience and satisfaction from the new product with a view to achieving its objectives.
- The longer term requirements of producing quality oriented tour motorcycles which could possibly serve as a unique selling product is one that will see the firm producing a viable marketing plan via the marketing department's core skills and competencies just so that it can maintain a firm grip in the highly competitive market place with a view to maintaining a sustainable competitive advantage.
- The need to gain economies in technology, manufacturing and distribution via the successful launch of this new product will go a long way in enhancing sales turnover and profitability level.
- Cost, budgetary constraints, accurate and timely implementation of the project and its varying processes and procedures, and scope (deliverables) are also factors that require attention for the success of the project.
- To ensure minimal disruption to long established production procedures and processes, the firm can consider instituting formal and/or informal meetings with employees or long standing team personnel whose jobs will be affected by the introduction of the new production and marketing process to let them know about the nature of the new product (design) ahead of time; if at all it will lead to the end of some employees' task within the firm, where possible arrangements could be made for their redeployment, or better still via training they could be included with the new teams that will work on the production and marketing of the new tour motorcycle range.
- Having a sturdy work breakdown structure in place to give the project manager and team a clear indication of the varying stages and activities that are involved just so that they can resolutely come to terms with the varying time scale and costs of the varying activities and stages for accurate total time and cost estimation.
- Re-negotiating the purchase price of material inputs with existing suppliers, or where it's economical to do so source new suppliers for new materials to be used for production requirements.
- Acquisition of additional machinery, tools and possibly hiring specialists that will be adept and skilful enough to work on the new product range.
- The democratic style of leadership should be most suitable. The team, particularly those on the shop floor and the marketing department will thrive well in a working environment where the team leader, project leader and manager maintains an effective two-way communications channel where much of what needs to be known about the development and progress of the new design is instantly brought to the fore.
- The project manager should often hold meetings particularly the informal style that will foster a genuine friendly working atmosphere where aspects that would have otherwise been swept under the carpet are brought to the attention of the team leader, or project leader or manager for the success of the project. The informal nature of the meetings should, as a matter of confidentiality, be within the bounds of the firm, e.g., meeting up at the company's cafeteria, bar or canteen.
- Effective reporting and risk analysis - via precise, clear and accurate documentation
- Ensure that the product is test marketed thoroughly prior to going for a national launch; shortcomings from the test's feedback about the product can be seen to immediately via the research and development department for prompt modification or adjustment.
- Maintaining a robust and effective two-way communications channel between the firm's project team, customers and stakeholders.
The above approaches are expedient mainly because uncertainty about whether or not the project would be successful will be reduced to an appreciable level. In addition everyone involved with the project will have a clear understanding of I) what the project is all about; and ii) where the new product and the firm are heading for at any point in time in relation to the wider objectives. The chances of conflicts developing owing to project participants and the wider workforce in general developing an air of mistrust stemming from poor communications and lack of good understanding about the new product concept should not crop up.

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