Compare theories and models of motivation and their application in project management.

#1Assignment Objectives

Examine communication styles, types, channels, and links and the relationships among the project teams.

Use effective communication techniques.

Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.

400 WORDS

The human resource is one of the most important project resources, but it is very unpredictable. Possessing strong leadership skills is a part of the equation. The other is getting to know your project team as unique personality types that are each motivated in different ways. One style of leadership does not “fit all.” For this Discussion Board, you will be researching links to assess your leadership style, communication style, and your project team’s personality type. Some of this research will be incorporated in the Key Assignment project that you will be selecting in the Individual Project for this week.

 

The following Discussion Board research will assist you. Research at least 2 sources (which may include your textbook) to support your response.

  • Research 2 Web links that would allow you to assess your leadership style, and try both of them. Which one best represents your leadership style, and why?
  • Research 2 Web links that would allow you to assess your communication style, and try both of them. Which one best represents your communication style, and why?
  • Research 2 Web links that would allow you to get to know your project team’s personality better. Discuss why each might help in getting to know your individual team member’s strengths.

 

#2Assignment Objectives

Examine communication styles, types, channels, and links and the relationships among the project teams.       Use effective communication techniques.

Use team and problem-solving skills to collaborate on a project.

600–900 words with 10 total pages, including empty sections

Verview

You will need to research and identify a project of your choosing to be the representative project for this course. The project identified by you will be applied for all of the assignments as appropriate.

It can be argued that one of your most important assets to a project is your “human” resource. Therefore, a key project management skill is leadership in terms of developing and motivating the project team. In this course, you will gain expertise in preparing a strategy incorporating good human resource practices based on accepted theories and models. You will select a project that you may have developed in a previous class or a known project in an organization that has a project team that could benefit from a Project Human Resource Management Strategy Plan.

Throughout this course, you will be working on developing several components of the final Key Assignment. Additional information and the deliverables for each Individual Project will be provided in the assignment description for this project.

In this first Individual Project, you are asked to develop the outline of the sections that will be included in your Project Human Resource Management Strategy Plan document and a draft of a proposal to submit to your instructor. The other information that you will include is a high-level description of the project that you will be developing the strategy plan for.

You will also be setting up the final Key Assignment outline that you will add to each week. The combined Individual Project (IP) assignments will be your final Key Assignment deliverable.

 

Project Selection

The first step will be to select a project that you plan to develop a human recourse strategy plan for. This project will be used as the basis for each of the assignments throughout the course and should conform to the following guidelines:

1.Nontrivial: The selected project candidate should reflect a real-life project.

2.Domain knowledge: You will be applying knowledge of this project to address assignments related to motivating and supporting the human resource component of the project.

Select a project that fits these requirements, and submit your proposal to your instructor before proceeding further with the assignments in the course. Approval should be sought within the first few days of the course. Your instructor will tell you how to submit this proposal and what notification will be given for project approval.

 

Assignment Guidelines

Your first task in this process will be to select a project to use as the basis of your Key Assignment. You will also create the shell document for the final project Key Assignment document deliverable that you will be working on throughout the course. As you proceed through each project phase, you will add content to each section of the final document to progressively complete the final project delivery, which is the Project Human Resource Management Strategy Plan.

 

The following are the project deliverables:

  • Submit the project proposal to your instructor for approval.
  • Project Human Resource Management Strategy Plan document shell: ◦Use Word

◦Title page ◾Course number and name

◾Project name

◾Your name

◾Date

 

◦Table of Contents (TOC) ◾Use an autogenerated TOC.

◾This should be on a separate page.

◾This should be a maximum of 3 levels deep.

◾Be sure to update the fields of the TOC so that it is up-to-date before submitting your project.

 

◦Section Headings (create each heading on a new page with “TBD” as content, except for Week 1) ◾Project Outline

◾Communication and Leadership Style Assessment

◾Motivating Project Team Strategy

◾Project Conflict and Stress Identification Process

◾Consensus Decision Making Process

◾Conflict Management Strategy

◾Communications Plan

◾Project Leadership Strategy

  • New content to be inserted in above shell: ◦Project Outline ◾Brief description of the project

◾Overall project deliverable

◾Material can be taken from approved proposal submitted to instructor, and will serve as the draft for the proposal

◾Be sure project is approved by the instructor

◦Communication and Leadership Style Assessment ◾Select 1 of the links that you researched in this week’s Discussion Board, and assess your leadership style.

◾Put together a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis based on the results of the assessment, listing a minimum of 3 under each category.

Strengths

Weakness

Opportunities

Threats

◾Select 1 of the links researched in this week’s Discussion Board, and assess your communication style.

◾Discuss the results, placing emphasis on your strong forms of communication and a plan to develop the weaker areas that are important to managing projects.

 

#3Assignment Objectives

Compare theories and models of motivation and their application in project management.

Use effective communication techniques.

Use team and problem-solving skills to collaborate on a project

write 400 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions with your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.

 

After gaining a deeper understanding of your own leadership and communication style, it is time to turn your focus outward to your team. To keep your team performing at a high level, it is first assumed that you have taken them through the stages of building a team: forming, storming, norming, and performing. In this Discussion Board, you will explore what you believe are the goals of motivation, some of the theories driving motivation, and what instrument you might use to measure how each project team individual is motivated.

 

The following Discussion Board research will assist you in determining what each of these dimensions means. Research at least 2 sources (which may include your textbook) to support your response.

  • Name and describe the 5 most important goals for motivating your project team, because these will be incorporated in your overall motivation strategy plan.
  • There are many theories, including what is mentioned in your textbook, for motivating individuals. Select 3 of them to compare and contrast.
  • Research and select 1 online assessment tool for testing motivational behavior.

 

Include an introduction and conclusion to this topic. Be sure to include your references and citations, and format your submission in APA format.

 

#4Assignment Objectives

Compare theories and models of motivation and their application in project management.

Use effective communication techniques

1,000 words of new content

You have already analyzed your own personal strengths for leading and communicating with your project team. In this week’s Discussion Board, you looked at some of the motivation theories and models and methods for ascertaining what motivates individual project team members. Now, it is time to determine the strategy and plan for motivating your team members.

Also, there are some facilitation techniques that you can use to decide, as a team, what motivation activities you will add to the overall plan. Possibilities include brainstorming and nominal group technique, force field analysis, and mind mapping.

Deliverables

 

The following are the overall project deliverables:

  • Update the Key Assignment document title page with a new date and project name.
  • Update the previously completed sections based on your instructor’s feedback.
  • Create the following section: ◦Motivating Project Team Strategy ◾Describe the method that you will use to determine how each team member is motivated. (This can be the assessment tool that you researched in the Discussion Board.)

◾Describe the theory that most closely aligns with how you intend to motivate your team.

◾Describe which facilitation techniques you will use to have the project team input to the motivation plan and which team-building activities that you plan to implement. Provide a visual example.

◾What activities or tasks have you added to the project plan to make sure that this important activity is not overlooked?

 

#5 Assignment Objectives

Identify sources of project conflict and stress, and choose manageable approaches to each.

Explain consensus decision-making and how to manage agreement.

Use team and problem-solving skills to collaborate on a project

 

write 400 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions with your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.

With any human relationship, conflicts will arise. These can be an advantage or a determent to a project. For example, for some team members, the one individual who is always asking lots of questions is perceived as a conflict to forward progress, when this could really be a positive conflict because the detail and overall documentation for the project will be better. In this Discussion Board, you will explore both positive and negative conflicts, look at causes for stress, and determine what might be effective tools for consensus decision making.

 

The following Discussion Board research will assist you in determining what each of these dimensions means. Research at least 2 sources (which may include your textbook) to support your response.

  • Describe 6 potential conflicts (at least 3 negative) and their potential impact on a project.
  • Describe 3 stresses and their potential impact that could affect individuals on the project or the project as a whole.
  • Research and determine a method for performing consensus decision making.

Include an introduction and conclusion to this topic. Be sure to include your references and citations, and format your submission in APA format.

 

#6 Assignment Objectives

Identify sources of project conflict and stress, and choose manageable approaches to each.

Explain consensus decision-making and how to manage agreement.

Use effective communication techniques.

1,000 words of new content

 

You have discussed potential sources of conflict and stress in this week’s Discussion Board. For this assignment:

  • Describe two potential sources of conflict within your project and how you will determine if the conflict is good or bad.
  • Discuss two potential sources of stress within your project and the methods you can use to reduce that stress.
  • Describe your approach to consensus decision making in your project.

◦Outline the process that will be used from an initial decision to be made to the full decision implementation.

◦Discuss facilitation tools you will utilize to gain consensus.

 

Deliverables

The following are the overall project deliverables:

  • Update the Key Assignment document title page with a new date and project name.
  • Update the previously completed sections based on your instructor’s feedback.
  • Create the following sections: ◦Project Conflict and Stress Identification Process ◾Identify potential sources of conflict within your project.

◾Describe how you will determine if they are good or bad conflict.

◾Identify potential sources of stress within your project.

◾Describe methods that you can employ to reduce stress.

 

◦Consensus Decision-Making Process ◾Describe what your approach will be to consensus decision making.

◾Outline the process that would be used from the initial decision that needs to be made to full decision implementation.

◾What are some of the facilitation tools that can be utilized to gain consensus?

 

 

#7Assignment Objectives

Identify sources of project conflict and stress, and choose manageable approaches to each.

Recognize and be able to apply approaches to conflict management

400 WORDS

 

Your first task is to post your own Key Assignment Outline to the discussion area so that other students are able to review your plan. Attach your document to the main discussion post, and include any notes that you feel are appropriate. The purpose of this assignment is to help improve the quality of the Key Assignment Draft that you will complete next week.

 

#8 Assignment Objectives

Identify sources of project conflict and stress, and choose manageable approaches to each.

Recognize and be able to apply approaches to conflict management.

1400-1500 W0RDS

Key Assignment Draft

You now have a good grasp of what conflict and stress are. You even have a process for consensus decision making from the previous Weeks’ deliverables. At this point, you are ready to construct a full conflict management strategy and processes to support this strategy.

Deliverables

The following are the overall project deliverables:

  • Update the Key Assignment document title page with a new date and project name.
  • Update the previously completed sections based on your instructor’s feedback.
  • Create the following section: ◦Conflict Management Strategy ◾Strategies to deal with conflict

◾Overall conflict management process

◾Conflict mediation process if conflict cannot be resolved internally

 

 

#9 Assignment Objectives

Develop and staff project organization structures.

Use effective communication techniques.

Use team and problem-solving skills to collaborate on a project.

Write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.

Summative Discussion

Review and reflect on the knowledge you have gained from this course. Based on your review and reflection, write at least 3 paragraphs on the following:

  • What were the most compelling topics learned in this course?
  • How did participating in discussions help your understanding of the subject matter? Is anything still unclear that could be clarified?
  • What approaches could have yielded additional valuable information?
  • The main post should include at least 1 reference to research sources, and all sources should be cited using APA format

10 Assignment Objective

Develop and staff project organization structures.

Use effective communication techniques.

Use team and problem-solving skills to collaborate on a project.

1000 WORDS

Key Assignment

 

In the previous weeks, you explored communication, leadership, motivation, conflict management, and consensus. In Week 1, you assessed your own strengths and weaknesses both in your leadership style and your communications style to further develop the weak areas and take advantage of your strengths. In Week 2, you looked at several theories around motivation and selected the ones that are most appropriate for motivating your project team. In Week 3, you analyzed the causes and types of conflicts and stress that could exist for this project team. In Week 4, you used this knowledge to develop a conflict-management strategy as well as determining a method for a consensus decision making approach.

In this Week, you will be using all of the information you have learned about yourself, the project team, and the organization as a whole to deliver transparent project communications. You will also finalize the project leadership strategy you will utilize for the political organization challenges, preparing the stakeholders for change, and leading your project team as high performance contributors.

The overall project deliverables are as follows:

  • Update the previously completed sections based on your instructor’s feedback.
  • Create the following sections: ◦Communications Plan ◾Prepare a plan for overall project management communications with project sponsors including frequency and types of reports.

◾Prepare a plan for overall project management communications with project stakeholders including frequency and types of reports.

◾Prepare a plan for overall project management communications with the project team, both formal and informal.

◾Identify any other organization members that you will need to communicate with and how you would approach them, such as those asking for changes.

◦Project Leadership Strategy ◾Describe a leadership strategy and challenges in terms of the organization as a whole and any politics that may exist.

◾Describe a leadership strategy in terms of project team and developing them into a high-performance team.

◾Describe a leadership strategy in terms of preparing project stakeholders for the change brought about by the delivery of the selected project.

  • Update the Key Assignment title page with a new date and project name.
  • Be sure to update your table of contents before submission.
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