What are some common reasons for project failure?

Initial Postings: Your initial post should be based upon the assigned reading for the week, so the textbook must be the only source utilized and listed in your reference section (and properly cited within the body of the text). Other sources are not required and are a waste of time to search and utilize. Only use the textbook.

Do not provide a Reflection or Chapter Overview. Provide only a graduate-level response to each of the following questions:

  1. What are some common reasons for project failure?
  2. Who should be involved in identifying potential projects?
  3. What is a charter? Describe what an effective charter should accomplish. Explain how a charter helps secure both formal and informal commitment.
  4. What is scope? What is scope creep and how can it be prevented?

Your post must be substantive and demonstrate insight gained from the course material. Postings must be in the student’s own words – do not provide quotes!

Text

Title: Contemporary Project Management

ISBN: 9781337406451

Authors: Timothy Kloppenborg, Vittal S. Anantatmula, Kathryn Wells

Publisher: Cengage Learning

Publication Date: 2018-02-08

Edition: 4th

ow could you use milestones and/or Earned Value Management as a measure of success in a project?

  • How could you use milestones and/or Earned Value Management as a measure of success in a project?
  • What limitation does just offering milestones provide as a means of project reporting?
  • Define some best practices with monitoring project quality.
  • Choose at least one quality tool and explain how it may be used in a project.

Text

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Seventh Edition and The Standard for Project Management (RUSSIAN)

ISBN: 9781628257007

Authors: Project Management Institute Project Management Institute

Publisher: Project Management Institute

Publication Date: 2021-08-01

Explain, based on the article and additional research, whether you agree with the FBI or Apple

Overview

Read the article The Secret History of the FBI’s Battle Against Apple Reveals the Bureau’s Mistake. Use the Strayer University Library to conduct additional research about this issue and this specific case.

Instructions

Write a 3–5 page position paper in which you:

  1. Explain, based on the article and additional research, whether you agree with the FBI or Apple.
    • Be sure to justify your opinion with supporting information.
  2. Describe a possible compromise to the issue for future cases that would allow the investigation to continue.
  3. Take a position on whether technology is moving too fast for the judicial system.
    • Include supporting information that justifies your position.
  4. Recommend at least two improvements the courts can make to catch up and/or keep up with the advancements in technology issues and crimes.
    • Be sure to support your recommendations.
  5. Integrate into the assignment at least three quality professional and/or academic resources, written within the past five years.
    • Note: Wikipedia and similar websites do not qualify as quality resources.
    • One of your resources may be the provided article.

Formatting

This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. Note the following:

  • The preferred method is for your paper to be typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
  • Include a cover page containing the assignment title, your name, your professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.
  • Include a source list page. Citations and references must follow SWS format. The source list page is not included in the required page length.

Learning Outcomes

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:

  • Review the rules, laws, policies, and procedures that affect digital forensics.

What are some of the best practices for managing IT resources to help your company gain or maintain a competitive advantage over other businesses in the same market?

Technology is seen as the foundation of companies, from inventory tracking and the checkout process to online shopping and electronic funds transfers. Technology evolves and has new releases and upgraded products.

  • What are some of the best practices for managing IT resources to help your company gain or maintain a competitive advantage over other businesses in the same market?

Discuss the differences between the three types of software, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each. 

There are 3 different types of software: commercial off-the-shelf (COTS), software as a service (SaaS) (often referred to as cloud computing), and custom-developed software.

  • Discuss the differences between the three types of software, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.

List the current technologies being utilized

The strategic sourcing plan is a plan for how you will do business going forward. The sourcing plan can address how to supply resources to staff, your current and future systems, and how you will purchase raw materials or new IT systems.

Develop a high-level IT sourcing plan to guide Phoenix Fine Electronics to adopt enterprise solutions, rather than continuing to operate multiple stand-alone systems. As a guideline, your sourcing plan should be a 3- to 4-page outline or summary.

Your sourcing plan should do the following:

  • List the current technologies being utilized
  • Describe major issues with that technology
  • Recommend new technologies to implement as replacements for current technologies
  • Discuss how the new technologies address the current issues
  • List additional advantages or value added from the new technologies
  • Estimate the approximate time frame to implement the technology
  • Describe any dependencies that the company does not currently have in order to implement

Discuss how you would proceed in advancing these technologies, from the planning phase to executing and utilizing them in the company.

You worked closely with your IT managers to develop a complementing IT strategic plan, and your team identified the new technologies to be implemented in the next 2 years.

  • Discuss how you would proceed in advancing these technologies, from the planning phase to executing and utilizing them in the company.

List various steps needed to purchase or develop a system in-house

Determining when to develop a system in-house or to purchase a COTS system is not always clear. A SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis brings the strengths and opportunities to a focus point and highlights the threats and weaknesses so an informed decision can be made. This analysis is often completed by the stakeholders, including the business analyst.

Perform a SWOT analysis of buy versus build for your chosen system using the knowledge gained from the Wk 5 discussion, Purchasing Software Applications. You may use any Microsoft® program to create the SWOT analysis similar to the one featured in Ch. 12 of Information Technology for Management.

Use your SWOT analysis to create a guide for managers at Phoenix Fine Electronics to help determine if the business should build or buy a system. Incorporate feedback from the sourcing plan you created last week. As a guideline, this type of guide should be 4 to 5 pages in length with written descriptions, charts, and outlines.

Your guide should do the following:

  • List various steps needed to purchase or develop a system in-house
  • Discuss budget considerations
  • Discuss staffing considerations
  • Discuss time considerations
  • Identify risks
  • Contain a maintenance plan
  • Contain at least 2 references
  • Contain charts or outlines

Discuss the various models that are commonly used to help measure the value added to a business by information systems. 

Information systems are no longer being used only for data reporting. As information systems have become a major part of the business model—and IS budgets continue to rise as a result of increased investment in IT—there is also a growing need to understand the value of business systems.

  • Discuss the various models that are commonly used to help measure the value added to a business by information systems.

Calculate the estimated ROI for an ERP implementation.

ROI is one of the most common financial measuring tools. Being able to calculate the ROI, or expected ROI, allows us to make the best decisions about where to invest our funds for the most return on our investment over time.

Part 1

Using the numbers in Course Scenario: Phoenix Fine Electronics, which was provided in Week 1, perform the following tasks:

  • Calculate the estimated ROI for an ERP implementation.
  • Calculate the estimated productivity as a result of implementing ERP system.

Note: If you need help calculating ROI, review this week’s activity, LinkedIn Learning: Content Marketing ROI by Honigman.

Part 2

Complete your business case to present to the management team of Phoenix Fine Electronics. Incorporate your analysis and instructor feedback from the previous weeks’ assignments.

Include the following:

  • Executive summary
  • High-level overview of business needs and desired outcomes
  • Scope of the project
  • Measurable values of the new system
  • An explanation of the strategic alignment
  • Estimated ROI and productivity (from Part 1)
  • Final recommendation