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CHAPTER EXERCISES - Administration

As a project manager, your job is very similar to the team leader from one of your favorite spy caper movies: putting together a team that has all the skills to get the job done. You will need to deal with many issues that rarely come up in a spy movie, however, such as characters who dodge work and complain about the difficulty of the job. This article will help you deal with some of these problems. It is excerpted from the book IT Project Management: On Track from Start to Finish, Second Edition by Joseph Phillips (McGraw-Hill/Osborne, 2004; ISBN: 0072232021).

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. Organizing a Team Project
  2. Learning Is Hard Work
  3. Where Do You Live?
  4. How to Interview
  5. Phases of Team Development
  6. Use Experience
  7. Interviewing the Vendor
  8. After Hiring the Consultant
  9. CHAPTER SUMMARY
  10. CHAPTER EXERCISES
  11. Quiz Answers
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May 26, 2005

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Exercise 1

In this exercise you will create a job description for a web application developer from a project scenario. You will be given prompts to guide you on the creation of the job description.

Scenario: You are the project manager for Cardigan Adhesives Corporation. You have been assigned as the project manager for the development of the new corporate Internet site. The web site should be easy to navigate for all guests. In addition, the web site will have an application that will query a database to report on inventory, cost of goods available, and online ordering.

Answer the following questions to begin creating the job description for a web developer. If you are uncertain of the answers, use the Internet to research web developers and the types of activity they are required to do.

Prompt

Your Answer

What is the primary purpose of this role on the team?

 

What type of software will the team member be using to create the application?

 

What type of database is being queried?

 

To whom will the team member report?

 

What other activities will the team member be responsible for?

 

What are some personal traits that this person should have?

 

Based on your answers, create a job description that is appropriate for a web developer on this project. A solution appears at the end of this chapter.

Exercise 2

In this exercise you will create a 12-question interview to assess the skills of a prospective team member using the project scenario provided. Prompts will assist you to create key questions for your interview. On questions that you find relevant, create reactionary questions for the interviewees’ expected answers.

Scenario: You are the project manager for Cardigan Adhesives Corporation. You have been assigned as the project manager for the development of the new corporate Internet site. The web site should be easy to navigate for all guests. In addition, the web site will have an application that will query a database to report on inventory, cost of goods available, and online ordering.

Prompt

Your Question for the Prospective Team Member Interview

How important is the level of experience for this job?

 

How important is it to you that this person know web development software?

 

STAR?

 

How important is an industry certification for this role?

 

How important is the ability of the individual to work with web design software?

 

How important is experience with databases for this project?

 

What are some web technology requirements and how does this relate to the interviewee?

 

How important are security concepts on a web application?

 

Will the e-commerce portion of the project be done in-house or outsourced?

 

What type of personal traits are you looking for in this role?

 

Create the next two questions that are relevant to the position on your own:

 

 

 



 
 
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