This paper discusses the project management for Riordan Manufacturing that handles each step of electric fans from inception to production. Riordan Manufacturing’s largest plant is in Hangzhou, China where 251 employees work. This is Riordan’s largest joint venture and is where the plastic fans are manufactured. Riordan has plans to move the Hangzhou plant to another location within the next five years. The new location is in the city of Shanghai, closer to the shipping port. By moving the Hangzhou plant to Shanghai, Riordan will save money on the costs that are incurred by trucking their products to Shanghai where they need to go to be shipped out of the country (UOP, 2010)
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Managing the execution of the Riordan Project
“The process of directing and managing project execution takes place at various phases in the life cycle of a given project. Specifically, the direct and manage project execution process refers to the actual process of executing the individual work components that are required to advance the process of the project’s development.”(Project Management Knowledge, 2010)
Managing the execution of the Riordan Project would be difficult if all assigned tasks are not completed in a timely or successful manner. As project manager I will need to figure out ways to solve technical problems, serve as the peacemaker when issues arises, and make appropriate decisions regarding cost, time, and the scope of the project. It will be my responsibility to assign resources for the completion of the project according to the plan. At the same time I would need to implement any changes to the schedule or plan as needed.
The importance of Project Sponsorship and Project Leadership
Sponsorship is crucial to the project success. With strong sponsorship, large, risky projects can succeed. Without sponsorship, or with ineffective sponsorship, even small projects can fail. The project sponsor develops a relationship with the project stakeholders and the project manager. The project sponsor will perform different roles during the project life cycle. The project sponsor can be seller, coach and mentor, filter, business judge, motivator, negotiator, protector, and upper management link. As a Seller the project sponsor will sell the project to the project stakeholders. The project sponsor will have the ability to provide a sense of confidence to the project manager as a coach and mentor. During the course of the project, the sponsor communicates to senior management and to other stakeholders.
Project leadership is an ability to get things done well through others. Project leadership requires the following four requirements:
• A vision of the destination
• A compelling reason to get there
• A realistic timetable
• A capacity to attract a willing team
Leadership is important to the success of a project because leadership is essentially about motivating people. “Strong leaders can compensate for their managerial weakness by having trusted assistants who oversee and manage the details of the project” (Gray & Larson, 2008).
In my opinion, project leadership is also about communicating and developing a social network with the project team members. This allows for open communication between team members, sponsors, and management. Most importantly, it allows the manager/leader to become actively involved in the hands on approach to the...