Assignment 2: Project Motorcycles
May 2, 2015
A popular motorcycle manufacturer wanted to take their business to the next level. They wanted to go from making medium size motorcycles to large motorcycles, with larger motors. This would not only target a larger rider class, but income class as well. This task would be cumbersome, however, it would be something the project manager would be well-adjusted to. As a projectized organization, they are able to “develop as a division within a division (Kerzner, 2013).
As, the project manager assembles, his or her team for carrying out their project, the company must also plan a process to take to make the adjustment and manufacture a larger bike. Although same process in making the smaller bike, the larger bike would require more knowledge of the larger motor, adequate space for this manufacturing, and equipment, so that this does not hold up production of existing bike. The ...view middle of the document...
This is how to determine the interest for this type of bike and even the touring class bike that the company hopes to manufacture as well. The project manager would need key personnel with “strong communication channels, and personnel to demonstrate loyalty to the project”, thus has been known to create a higher morale when all aspects of the project are defined, and product has been identified (Kerzner, 2013).
In this particular type of project, the Democratic Leadership style would work best for the project management. The project has a projected completion end for five years, so the PM has to ensure that the team “communicate with one another, and get involved with decision making either by himself or herself or with assistance of the project manager” (Kerzner, 2013). The project manager is then able to communicate with team members and they take igitiative and play an active role in the project.
As in any project, there are risks, disadvantages, etc…Planning for risks, helps to better address them as they occur, and to surpass them as well. Three strategies: mitigation, transfer, and avoidance are three risk mitigation strategies that could be used to address project plan details that could prevent the project from falling off track or the PM from dropping the ball. Mitigation or control, reduces the probability of a risk happening, and allows PM and executives to take active measures in advance, so to not throw off project in any way. Transfer allows in the event there is a risk, you could redesign, change technology or other interfaces, if that occurs. Lastly, avoidance, and that’s eliminating risk by accepting another alternative, changing the design, or changing a requirement after feedback. These strategies could not only prevent risks, but in the event of an occurrence, the project could continue not hold up time on the project, stay within budget, and increase chances for project succession.
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