Ch1 Chapter - Ch 1 Reading Lessons for an Accidental Profession Question 1 1 Why an Accidental Profession(a Few formal programs are associated with

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Ch 1. Reading: Lessons for an Accidental Profession Question 1: 1) Why an Accidental Profession? - (a) Few formal programs are associated with  selecting and training project managers for the demands of the profession.  (b)  Few   individuals   grow-up   wanting   to   become   a   project   manager.     It   is   a  profession that is neither well defined for nor well understood by the public. Basically no one goes to school with the intent of becoming or a project manager,  or at least don’t get specific training for it. It is considered an advanced position  in most organizations, but may not include many of the skills the employee was  hired with.  2) Suggested Order of the Guidelines - This question will no doubt create a lot of worthwhile discussion and there are several valid ways to approach the answer. This author suggests thinking of the answers in groups and ranking them in the following general order: requirements, people, planning. My experience is that the best run projects fail if the actual requirements are not understood, which unfortunately is a far too common a circumstance. Next in importance is handling the people involved. As the author of this article points out, the skills involved are not the ones taught in most technical programs. Finally comes planning, which many people put first because it can be done in software and, therefore, seems more sophisticated (and easier) then the first two task areas. This would suggest an order something like 6,3,10,1,4,2,7,8,5,11,12,9.
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This homework help was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course EM 464 taught by Professor Ladd during the Spring '08 term at Washington State University .

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Ch1 Chapter - Ch 1 Reading Lessons for an Accidental Profession Question 1 1 Why an Accidental Profession(a Few formal programs are associated with

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