This class was tough.
I would love if a chance is given to me to pay my overdue fees.
First of all, I would say I learned a lot of kinds of stuff that before this module ignored they exist. Thanks to you for sharing your knowledge you acquired over the years of experience and learning. For this assignment, I will briefly talk about the whole module from week one to eight, and of course, I will outline how the knowledge acquired during this module will contribute to my career advancement and areas that I need to improve on. We started this module by learning about the discipline, and the profession of the project management. According to Akison (1999), “project management can be defined as the application of tools, techniques to guide and allocate available resources aiming to achieve unique, complex, and one-time task within time, cost, and quality constraints.” Organisations in the competitive market environment want to stay competitive must assign competitive project managers who will help to meet the expectation of the customers. The competent project managers must emphasize more on the management of the people who are the project members or the stakeholders. These people are the key factors contributing to the success of the project, by performing various project activities to achieve the expectation of the project stakeholders. We discussed the project types and structures, and we argue that every project is unique and the results expected are also exceptional. The project managers must take into consideration the nature of the project and the environment where the project will be carried when initiating the project. The project managers must also treat every project as unique and avoid thinking that we did like this before for a similar project and it worked. This is sometimes referred to as project-is-a-project-is-a-project syndrome (Shenhar, 2001). Initiation process of the project, when deciding to embark on the project, the project managers must define the scope of the project, establish the mission and vision and also establish the charter of the project, this all occurring at the initiation phase of the project. We have also discussed the success and failure criteria of the projects, and mentioned that the iron triangle is not enough to judge the project as successful or failure; and that the customer satisfaction should also be taken into consideration as a criterion for project success or failure. The project managers should emphasize more on people’s happiness during the project since they do not have enough authority on project team members it is crucial to building a good relationship with the team members and the stakeholders avoid any conflict during the project. We discussed multicultural working environment and things to do and not to go to work in the friendly atmosphere to achieve the predetermine objectives and satisfy the stakeholders. We also learned about international project management standards that we need to adopt to gain competitive advantages in the global market. I observed a positive change in my way of interacting with people when we learned about people’s management. People are the most complicated part of the project management because everyone has their egos, career path, and mission. It is difficult to know all that they want and to meet their requirement. We need to listen more to what people have to say even the lower level staffs. I will continue to read more and improve my knowledge in management skills and learn from my experience to become a competent project manager and get appreciation both the project team members and the stakeholders. We need to note that the value variances in a project are described by the way project team members carry out their activities and communication-related decisions in order to achieve their objective (Horii et al., 2005,).
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It is a well-design course and they have the chance to learn a lot of stuffs.