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This project is a derivative of a case in the textbooks written by Kathy Schwalbe. Examples of the needed project management documentation maybe found in any one of the editions of her project management textbooks.
GREEN COMPUTING RE SEARCH PROJECT Ben has decided to use the weighted decision matrix as a tool to support him in the decision of which candidate to invite for an interview for the position of Project Manager for the Green Computing Research Project and which one to chose for the position. For this purpose, Ben has defined five criteria he estimates are necessary for a good Project Manager to have success in the project and he has attributed a weight to every single one of the criteria being of different importance for making a good Project Manager. Ben has used his own professional experience within which in the past he has managed several projects and his knowledge of the PMBOK guide and the support books of Rita Mulcahy regarding the chapters on what makes a good Project Manager, what his/her tasks are and reasons for projects failure to define the five evaluation criteria to find his/her Project Manager. Those criteria are: Knowledge of Project Management and its methodologies, instruments, tools. From his own experience Ben knows that it is important that a Project Manager does not only manage a project in practice as he or she thinks it is appropriate to do or as Management tells him/her to do but that he has a sound background knowledge to be able to effectively manage the project. Ben has chosen the PMP® certification as the formal attestation of this knowledge because it is recognized on an international level, and in particular in the US where the Project Management Institute has its basis, and also because it is an exhaustive and all compassing standard that is regularly reviewed and updated by its members. Secondly, as Ben knows that not only the theoretical instruments knowledge counts, he has defined as a second evaluation criteria the candidate’s proven Project Management experience that shows that he is able to practically apply the PMP methodology, instruments and tools, in particular in regards to the management of the critical success factors time, budget and quality. Thirdly, a Project Manager has to guide and manage the project and the team in the different processes and phases. He/she will have to deal with different personalities, cultural identities, conflicts, issues, risk. For this purpose, some important personal characteristics are required for the Project Manager, in particular such soft skills as empathy, leadership, excellent communication skills, the capacity to manage conflicts, the orientation versus objectives and others. As Ben wants to have the best people in his team, he has decided to find them globally exactly where they are and to build up a virtual project team which has particular opportunities and challenges, in particular communication is a critical success factor for virtual project teams. Therefore it is important that the Project Manager has an excellent knowledge of the English language in written and spoken form, any additional languages as Spanish, French, etc. are highly welcome. Finally, although a Project Management Professional has the necessary experience and knowledge of methodology, instruments and tools that can be applied and tailored to any sector, it is surely of advantage if he has already worked on or managed IT and in particular Green Computing projects in the past. Ben has the attributed a weight to every criteria in the sequence as describe here before, from 25% to 10%. Based on these criteria he has selected the candidates he has interviewed by posing the questions that check every single field, and has attributed points to each candidate for every single criteria. Candidate 1 has a strong hands-on practical Project Management experience and PMP certification but a shy personality and speaks a broken language. Candidate 2 comes from the IT and Green computing sector, has good knowledge of languages and Project Management methodology but his personality seems to be very harsh and not apt to deal with the project resources. Although Candidate 3 seems to have excellent personality qualities and good overall PMP and IT knowledge he lacks the language skills that allow her to manage virtual teams. Candidate 4, John, has excellent English and some basic French and Spanish knowledge and has excellent PMP, IT, Project Management knowledge and seems to have a leadership personality that will allow him to guide the team throughout the project. He will be the Green Computing Research Project Manager.
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