Case Study 1: Prioritizing Projects at D.D. Williamson Essay

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Case Study 1: Prioritizing Projects at D.D. Williamson
Crystal D.
Dr. Donny Bagwell
Managing Human Resources Projects: HRM 517
October 27, 2013

Introduction D.D. Williamson implemented a new process for project prioritization that included focusing on the vision and impact of projects and narrowing down projects by selecting the ones of high importance and assigning them to senior management teams. I will attempt to critique that process, recommend an improvement for the process, provide a scenario of why the process could possibly not be successful, and project if the process will still be successful in five years.

Critiquing D.D. Williamson Project Prioritization The prioritization process at D. D. Williamson is a
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Senior management should be more involved in the selection process and base selections on criteria such as investment, time, profitability, and strategy. According Examples of Project Prioritization, “Prioritization of projects means selecting the efforts and projects to be executed by the corporation based upon on a complete detailed analysis of all possible and available projects” (Vargas, R. V.). Determining risks ahead of time is a good component in the criteria selection process, but other factors such as the one mentioned should be key components to ensure the right projects are being selected.

Possible Process Failure “We simplified the criteria ratings – rating projects on the level of selected impact on corporate objectives, the cross-functional nature of the team, and the perceived likelihood that the project would encounter barriers which required senior level support to overcome” (Kloppenborg, T. and Nkomo, S.). While these are all great criteria ratings when selecting projects, there are several criterions that are missing that could cause possible failure of the implemented process. First, if direct, indirect, variable, and fixed costs are not a factor of the criterion process, the project can end up going over budget thus making it unsuccessful or causing it not to meet the proposed deadline.

Secondly, if there is a not a more functional involvement that includes a project management team for each project broken down by

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