Business Driven Technology Study Set 5

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Quiz 19 :

Managing Organisational Projects

Quiz 19 :

Managing Organisational Projects

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Edward Yourdon's book Death March describes the complete software developer's guide to surviving "mission impossible" projects. MIS projects are challenging, and project managers are expected to achieve the impossible by pulling off a successful project even when pitted against impossible challenges. In Death March, infamous software developer Edward Yourdon presents his project classification displayed here. Yourdon measures projects based on the level of pain and chances for success. Mission Impossible Project: This project has a great chance of success and your hard work will pay off as you find happiness and joy in the work. For example, this is the type of project where you work all day and night for a year and become the project hero as you complete the mission impossible and reap a giant promotion as your reward. Ugly Project: This project has a high chance of success but is very painful and offers little happiness. For example, you work day and night to install a new accounting system and although successful, you hate accounting and dislike the company and its products. Kamikaze Project: This is a project that has little chance of success but you are so passionate about the content that you find great happiness working on the project. For example, you are asked to build a website to support a cancer foundation, a cause near to your heart, but the company is nonprofit and doesn't have any funds to help buy the software you need to get everything working. You patch the system together and implement many manual work-arounds just to keep the system functioning. Suicide Project: This project has no chance of success and offers you nothing but pain. This is the equivalent of your worst nightmare project. Word of caution, avoid suicide projects! img What could you have done differently on your suicide project to ensure its success
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A suicide project could have been reduced in scope and provided additional time and resources to ensure its success. A suicide project tends to have a high chance of failure because it is not allocated enough time or resources, or because its scope is way too prohibitive of allowing success.

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What are the ethical and security issues associated with outsourcing the development of a social media system
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One of the ethical issues associated with outsourcing the development of a social media system is that it leads to a hyper-competitive practice which ultimately can damage the economy of the country in which jobs are being outsourced out of. Another ethical issue is that it fails to capitalize upon and nurture the talents of the programmers available for hire on the country of origin of the project.
A security issue faced by outsourcing is that opens up the intellectual property available to the project to a less stringent legal environment often present in the countries in which software jobs are often outsourced to. Another security issue present in outsourcing is that the employees are under much less direct supervision and tend to have weaker ties to the organization. This means that outsourced employees can have less loyalty to the company and are more likely to act in ways which may not align with the interests of the project.

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Edward Yourdon's book Death March describes the complete software developer's guide to surviving "mission impossible" projects. MIS projects are challenging, and project managers are expected to achieve the impossible by pulling off a successful project even when pitted against impossible challenges. In Death March, infamous software developer Edward Yourdon presents his project classification displayed here. Yourdon measures projects based on the level of pain and chances for success. Mission Impossible Project: This project has a great chance of success and your hard work will pay off as you find happiness and joy in the work. For example, this is the type of project where you work all day and night for a year and become the project hero as you complete the mission impossible and reap a giant promotion as your reward. Ugly Project: This project has a high chance of success but is very painful and offers little happiness. For example, you work day and night to install a new accounting system and although successful, you hate accounting and dislike the company and its products. Kamikaze Project: This is a project that has little chance of success but you are so passionate about the content that you find great happiness working on the project. For example, you are asked to build a website to support a cancer foundation, a cause near to your heart, but the company is nonprofit and doesn't have any funds to help buy the software you need to get everything working. You patch the system together and implement many manual work-arounds just to keep the system functioning. Suicide Project: This project has no chance of success and offers you nothing but pain. This is the equivalent of your worst nightmare project. Word of caution, avoid suicide projects! img What can you do to avoid being placed on a suicide project Given the choice, which type of project would you choose to work on and why
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Given the choice, most people would prefer working on a mission impossible project because it has a high chance of success and because the rewards for completing the project will be high. In order to avoid being placed on a suicide project, an individual should show case skills that are required, and especially in low supply, for the project in which the individual would rather participate in.

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What are the three interdependent variables shaping project management Why are these variables important to a social media software development project
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Edward Yourdon's book Death March describes the complete software developer's guide to surviving "mission impossible" projects. MIS projects are challenging, and project managers are expected to achieve the impossible by pulling off a successful project even when pitted against impossible challenges. In Death March, infamous software developer Edward Yourdon presents his project classification displayed here. Yourdon measures projects based on the level of pain and chances for success. Mission Impossible Project: This project has a great chance of success and your hard work will pay off as you find happiness and joy in the work. For example, this is the type of project where you work all day and night for a year and become the project hero as you complete the mission impossible and reap a giant promotion as your reward. Ugly Project: This project has a high chance of success but is very painful and offers little happiness. For example, you work day and night to install a new accounting system and although successful, you hate accounting and dislike the company and its products. Kamikaze Project: This is a project that has little chance of success but you are so passionate about the content that you find great happiness working on the project. For example, you are asked to build a website to support a cancer foundation, a cause near to your heart, but the company is nonprofit and doesn't have any funds to help buy the software you need to get everything working. You patch the system together and implement many manual work-arounds just to keep the system functioning. Suicide Project: This project has no chance of success and offers you nothing but pain. This is the equivalent of your worst nightmare project. Word of caution, avoid suicide projects! img Analyze your school and work projects and find a project that would fit in each box in the accompanying figure.
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