Problem with Priorities

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The Problem With Priorities
Team # 4
Stephanie Gaines and Aura Sweeney
Management 5017 – Project Management
The Problem With Priorities
Team # 4
SUMMARY:
Question 1. What are the problems facing Kent?
Priorities are not being enforced unless project and functional managers can’t agree on the allocation and distribution of resources. The R&D director doesn’t agree with the new computer system so Dan’s, the computer PM, project is given a low priority. There are currently two proposals pending and could be won by Kent Corp provided the new computer model is available for use. Kent Corp is capable of handling 100 projects simultaneously but this system creates a continual reshuffling of resources.
Question 2. How would you sum up the situation at Kent and attack the problem?
Kent is a large corporation that can handle several different projects at once but they should consider reducing the number of projects by 10-15%. The reduction of work in progress would reduce the burden on resources. Priorities need to be enforced across the board and an independent committee needs to be formed to decide on the priority listing for the company. This would eliminate any potential biases coming from various department heads. Currently the R&D director is the only employee not on board with the new computer system and he has the ability to assign a low priority to the project. No one employee should be able to independently decide the fate of one project that is important to the rest of the company. Upper management needs to have a meeting with R&D and explain the importance of the new system to the company. The government sponsored the computer project with $750,000 and now has a vested interest in the success of the new computer system. If the computer project fails, Kent may have trouble acquiring assets and resources for future projects. Since the…...

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