Teresa Ovalle

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ICM590_Final_Capstone Proposal

Take all the components of your project plan and format it into one neat, concise, document. Read over your plan and make revisions now that you have gone through the planning process.  Presentation is important. Create a good, clean, simple design using visual hierarchy to guide the reader.

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ICM590_Final_Video Presentation

In the work place it is not uncommon to have to summarize a report at a meeting by doing a short presentation highlighting major points of a report or proposal.

  1. Prepare a 5 minute (or less) video presentation about your project.
    1. Include how you will manage progress.
    2. Purpose, Goals, Risks, etc.
  2. Do not overload your slides with words! Keep it simple. Visual hierarchy also applies to presentations.
  3. You can use any screen capture tool you would like.
  4. Submit the URL as YouTube video.
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TO Consulting Responds to Three Different Clients

 In this assignment you will play the role of a vendor trying to appease a client or potential client who has created a potentially bad situation for a Web development project. 

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Waterfall Vs. Agile

The Waterfall process would not work for me at all. It is much too rigid and structured for the type of planning I do. If I were to use this method, each subset of my plan would have to be managed as a separate piece of the plan to accomplish my goals. The Agile method, however, is much more style as it expects the planner to communicate with her client more and allows for changes as the process moves forward.

Since I know that the Agile method works best for me, I thought it would be interesting to compare what I do with the list of from the article Why Do Agile Projects Fail? The list points out a number of items that could cause a plan to fail. Ironically, the failure points are near and dear to my planning process. Let me explain…

An unreliable team can certainly cause any plan to fail. I plan for three separate locations for a single plan. In one location, I know about 16 people of the nearly 40 that will support this mission. In the two other locations, I know just five of the nearly 40 people for each location. The reason for this is that until the event happens, we don’t know who, by name, will support from where, exactly. We have assumptions, but nothing concrete. In the one location that I know more people, I know that they are extremely reliable, but beyond this one group, it’s all assumption.
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To Impose or Not to Impose

Does what you think count?

Is it ever appropriate to impose your own point of view on a client’s project design while developing the requirements, to reveal what you think is a better idea? How should you communicate to the client if they have a bad idea? How do you even know if it’s a bad idea?

I don’t think one should impose their will on their client, but I do think one should share their opinion with the client, especially if the client is heading in the wrong direction.

Several years ago, my command went through a ‘web refresh’ project. Contractors were hired to help us rebuild our websites and to help us manage a content management system, both of which we knew little about.

We met with the contractors to explain what we were looking for. The contractors also had a list of questions to help guide our thoughts. The questions weren’t solicited to guide our thoughts to their ideas, the questions were used to ensure we understood what we wanted and to help the contractors understand that as well. It was very effective.
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Communication Tip

What is effective communication?

Provide a “TIP:” on how to employ effective communication techniques. You can not repeat a tip already presented.

Communication is a key component in project management lifecycle. Without communication, a plan has little chance of survival. To ensure the health of your communication process during all aspects of a project, I suggest using the Up, Down and Around tip.

I like this tip because it’s visual. Who above you needs to know where you are in the project management lifecycle? Think about updates and obstacles. Think about what is standing in your way and what is going well. Ask the question, “If I were my boss, what would I want to know and how often would I want to be updated?” Your boss may give you direction, but if not, this one simple question will help you fulfill your requirements to your boss.

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Foreseeable Events & Unexpected Chaos

In this weeks readings Doug DeCarlo says two provocative things:

“…we’re often trying to plan the unplannable, even if we do have time, and we keep thinking that if we can actually plan better, we’ll get a better grip on the unplannable.”

“…if you’re a professional project manager, what you’re going to need is unlearning… to forget a lot of stuff…managing what you might call chaos and dealing with the unknown and not tracking things to a baseline but tracking things to what’s possible, being wed to the possibilities not to the baseline, that kind of thing.”

Do you agree or disagree with these statements? Is there a balance between planning for foreseeable events and unexpected chaos? Feel free to draw inspiration from literature, history, or current events.

See my answer below:
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