week 1 BU 329 Assignment

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John has just been assigned as the Project Manager for a new software system implementation. In his past projects, he has learned a lot about the human factors aspect of running projects, and why these are so important. In meeting his team, he quickly assessed that there are several very strong personalities within the individuals and some likely frictional combinations. John was also given some background around the project sponsor and benefiting departments. It appears that the accounting department really likes their current system, and is not on board with the goal of this project, which is replacing it. The other impacted departments: sales, procurement, and finance are all lukewarm to the benefits and haven’t been fully convinced.

Taking what you have learned in this unit with regard to the human factors of project management, assess this situation and discuss how you would use people, team and organizational factors to increase the likelihood of the project’s success.

  • Each student should write a 1-2 page paper, 300-400 word minimum, explaining how they would leverage these human factors in their own project management style to ensure that their projects were successful and achieved the desired goals.
  • Make sure as part of your paper you address the following:
    • How you would use the people factors to address the strong personalities of the individual team member?
    • How you would use the team factors to reduce the likelihood of friction due to the personalities and dynamics
    • How you would use the overall organizational factors to address the lack of sponsorship buy-in and organizational support the project currently has?

Estimated time to complete: 10 hours

Rubric

BU329 Unit 1 Assignment

BU329 Unit 1 Assignment

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTopic

7.5 pts

Level 5

Identifies a creative, focused, and manageable topic clearly addressing important points.

6.75 pts

Level 4

Identifies a manageable topic that addresses important points.

6.0 pts

Level 3

Identifies a focused topic that addresses important points.

5.25 pts

Level 2

Identifies a topic that while doable, is too narrowly focused.

4.5 pts

Level 1

Identifies a topic that is far too general and wide-ranging as to be doable.

0.0 pts

Level 0

Does not clearly identify a topic or identifies a topic that is not relevant to the assignment.

7.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeExisting Knowledge, Research, and/or Views

7.5 pts

Level 5

Uses in-depth information from relevant sources representing multiple points of views (3 or more) or research aspects (3 or more).

6.75 pts

Level 4

Describes in-depth information from relevant sources representing at least two points of view or research aspects.

6.0 pts

Level 3

Explains information from relevant sources representing at least two points of view or research aspects.

5.25 pts

Level 2

Relates information from relevant and irrelevant sources. No clear point of view(s) of approach(s) are identified.

4.5 pts

Level 1

Tells information from irrelevant sources representing a single point of view or does not identify points of view or approaches

0.0 pts

Level 0

Information is irrelevant to the topic. No clear point of view/approaches.

7.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContentBU329-CO1

18.5 pts

Level 5

Demonstrates the ability to construct a clear and insightful problem statement/thesis statement/topic statement with evidence of all relevant contextual factors.

16.65 pts

Level 4

Demonstrates the ability to construct a problem statement, thesis statement/topic statement with evidence of most relevant contextual factors, and problem statement is adequately detailed

14.8 pts

Level 3

Begins to demonstrate the ability to construct a problem statement/thesis statement/topic statement with evidence of most relevant contextual factors, but problem statement is superficial.

12.95 pts

Level 2

Demonstrates a limited ability in identifying a problem statement/thesis statement/topic statement or related contextual factors.

11.1 pts

Level 1

Demonstrates the ability to explain contextual facts but does not provide a defined statement.

0.0 pts

Level 0

There is no evidence of a defined statement.

18.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAnalysisPRICE-I

18.5 pts

Level 5

Organizes and compares evidence to reveal insightful patterns, differences, or similarities related to focus.

16.65 pts

Level 4

Organizes and interprets evidence to reveal patterns, differences, or similarities related to focus.

14.8 pts

Level 3

Organizes and describes evidence according to patterns, differences, or similarities related to focus.

12.95 pts

Level 2

Organizes evidence, but the organization is not effective in revealing patterns, differences, or similarities.

11.1 pts

Level 1

Describes evidence, but it is not organized and/ or is unrelated to focus.

0.0 pts

Level 0

Lists evidence, but it is not organized and/ or is unrelated to focus.

18.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConclusion

7.5 pts

Level 5

Assembles a conclusion that is a logical interpretation from findings.

6.75 pts

Level 4

Constructs a conclusion that is logical from inquiry findings.

6.0 pts

Level 3

Identifies a conclusion specifically from and responds specifically to the findings.

5.25 pts

Level 2

Produces a general conclusion that, because it is so general, also applies beyond the scope of the inquiry findings.

4.5 pts

Level 1

States an ambiguous or unsupportable conclusion from findings.

0.0 pts

Level 0

States an illogical conclusion from findings.

7.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLimitations and Implications

7.5 pts

Level 5

Insightfully discusses in detail relevant and supported limitations and implications.

6.75 pts

Level 4

Examines relevant and supported limitations and implications.

6.0 pts

Level 3

Discusses relevant and supported limitations and implications.

5.25 pts

Level 2

Presents relevant and supported limitations and implications.

4.5 pts

Level 1

Presents limitations and implications, but they are unsupported.

0.0 pts

Level 0

Presents limitations and implications, but they are irrelevant.

7.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting

4.0 pts

Level 5

The paper exhibits a excellent command of written English language conventions. The paper has no errors in mechanics, grammar, or spelling.

3.6 pts

Level 4

The paper exhibits a good command of written English language conventions. The paper has no errors in mechanics, or spelling with minor grammatical errors that impair the flow of communication.

3.2 pts

Level 3

The paper exhibits a basic command of written English language conventions. The paper has minor errors in mechanics, grammar, or spelling that impact the flow of communication.

2.8 pts

Level 2

The paper exhibits a limited command of written English language conventions. The paper has frequent errors in mechanics, grammar, or spelling that impede the flow of communication.

2.4 pts

Level 1

The paper exhibits little command of written English language conventions. The paper has errors in mechanics, grammar, or spelling that cause the reader to stop and reread parts of the writing to discern meaning.

0.0 pts

Level 0

The paper does not demonstrate command of written English language conventions. The paper has multiple errors in mechanics, grammar, or spelling that cause the reader difficulty discerning the meaning.

4.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAPAPRICE-I

4.0 pts

Level 5

The required APA elements are all included with correct formatting, including in-text citations and references.

3.6 pts

Level 4

The required APA elements are all included with minor formatting errors, including in-text citations and references.

3.2 pts

Level 3

The required APA elements are all included with multiple formatting errors, including in-text citations and references.

2.8 pts

Level 2

The required APA elements are not all included. AND/OR there are major formatting errors, including in-text citations and references.

2.4 pts

Level 1

Several APA elements are missing. The errors in formatting demonstrate limited understanding of APA guidelines, in-text-citations, and references.

0.0 pts

Level 0

There is little to no evidence of APA formatting. AND/OR there are no in-text citations AND/OR references.

4.0 pts

Total Points: 75.0

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