PM 600 Project Management Discussions

PM 600 Project Management Phase 1 Discussion Board 1

Scenario

You and the rest of the team are meeting for the first time with Jim Young. Jim did a great job introducing everyone to each other in the meeting and describing his vision for the project. After Jim’s presentation on the project scope for the new GPS cargo tracking system device, you realized there were still some information gaps that needed further discussion.
Sam, the chief executive officer (CEO), and Gloria, the chief financial officer (CFO), have joined the team for a working lunch. During a discussion, you realize that everyone on the team, including Same and Gloria, are at odds on who should be included in the project communication. Everyone has a different understanding of who the project stakeholders are and their level of importance on this project.

“I really don’t understand why this topic is important. I consider myself and Gloria to be the most important stakeholders of this project. The only thing you need to worry about is to make us happy,” says Sam.
“Are we not all stakeholders in this project? I agree with you Sam that our interest as stakeholders should be placed higher than everyone else, but I do believe the team members have a stake in this project as well,” says Gloria.
“Well you both do pay the bills, but we need to make sure we can manage everyone’s expectations accordingly,” says Jim with an uncomfortable smile. “I am concerned with how team expectations could cause scope modification. Communication is key here, right?”
“What if the team members outlined their ideas about the role of the project stakeholder, their level of importance, and how best to handle communication and conflict?” you say.
“Great idea!” says Jim. “Can you draft something for the team asking for their ideas, which we can discuss at our next meeting?”
“Sure,” you say.
Back at your desk, you draft an e-mail to the team members stating that each person will need to bring a clearly defined, ranked stakeholder list. Because the project is just kicking off, you will also want to complete the following:

  • Define a project
  • Explain the difference between a project and standard operations
  • Describe the five process groups
  • Identify the project sponsor(s) and key stakeholders

PM 600 Project Management Phase 1 Discussion Board 2

Judge James Shoreman is up for reelection in 2 months. He has a full docket on Monday morning. Two of the individuals on this docket are Thomas J. Catalano and Abdul Hussein Jabari.

Mr. Catalano has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. His prior record consists of breaking and entering, assault on a police officer, and possession of narcotics. Mr. Catalano has a “high-priced” lawyer with the discretionary funds for an additional investigation. Mr. Catalano has a wife and two children. He has been employed for 5 years for the local banking institution. Mr. Catalano has received a 10-year probation sentence with the stipulation that if he violates this probation, he will serve the remainder of the sentence in the state prison.

Mr. Jabari has been charged with the distribution of a controlled substance (prescription drugs). His prior record consists of possession of narcotics and falsification of identity. Mr. Jabari has a court-appointed lawyer who is on the pro bono list maintained by the judge. His funds are limited but the Muslim community has rallied to his financial aid, and there have been demonstrations at the courthouse. Mr. Jabari has a wife and three children. He has been employed for 8 years as the chief chef at a local restaurant. Mr. Jabari has received 7 years in the state prison, without the possibility of good time.

Looking at the family situations, the employment situations, and community support, give a reason why you think the judge would render such decisions.

  • How could the judge support his decisions?
  • Do you think he showed any type of bias? Why or why not? ◦If he did, what form of bias?
  • Could the demonstration have had an adverse effect upon the sentencing? How? Why?
  • Search the Web, and find 2 examples in which minorities were sentenced unfairly.
  • Explain the reasoning behind this sentencing, and determine if the sentences were fair or biased.
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