Metro Turnback Project Control Case Study

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Project managers may sometimes fall short when it comes to the completion of a project. The reason behind this could be from the lack of control.” Project controls are the data gathering, data management and analytical processes used to predict, understand and constructively influence the time and cost outcomes of a project or program; through the communication of information in formats that assist effective management and decision making” (Weaver, 2013). Project managers are constantly faced with obstacles that could hinder the progression of an organizations project. Project difficulty will occur, the important thing is that difficulty is overcame. (1) Project managers and senior general members see the reasons for project differently. I …show more content…
The San Francisco Metro Turnback Project faced many challenges in which all of them could not have been avoided. These difficulties resulted in the project being pushed back two months. Better Control of Development Projects at Johnson Controls faced an issue with controlling their project development programs. Both of these scenarios are perfect examples of control issues and challenges faced by organizations. Reading these gave me a better understanding of what project managers faced and the affect these issues can have on the organizations and project completion. Small issues can have a large impact if left unresolved. (5) Out of the challenges listed in the directed reading, the ones that apply to these articles are ineffective communication and coping with end date driven schedules. An example of ineffective communication was demonstrated in Johnsons Control. At the beginning of the project no one knew what their responsibilities were. To me if communication was clear and effective roles and responsibilities would have been properly addressed and roles should have been established. In the Turnback Project there were a lot of challenges faced by the company and the biggest impact was not meeting the deadline …show more content…
The purpose of the event was for everyone to come together and unwind but still maintain our professionalism. To make the event successful we needed food, entertainment, a script, set up and tear down. The person in charge of everything had no idea what she was doing. She lacked motivation to lead and that eventually rubbed off on us. Some of our issues are as follows: we didn’t have many volunteers, the meetings were pointless, communication was extremely poor, roles were not defined which resulted in lack of motivation which resulted in poor performance. The meetings were completely useless. In each meeting we changed something that was put into place the prior meeting. This was the issue that really put everyone on edge. I think not having a set plan really hurt the progression of the project. It was like we were going in circle and not seeing any progress. We ended being on time for the event’s date and it was successful. I believe the reason for this was because everyone excluding the “project manager” had the same gripe. We had a common enemy sort of say As a result we teamed together, developed a plan and set realistic milestones and pulled it off without the project manager. We started by developing a plan and actually executed it. After reading this assignment I realize our success was pure luck. In most cases, when organizations are faced with challenges it

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