Business Homework Questions

Discuss which characteristic of a project manager is more important to high performance teams—use of power or motivation? Use specific examples from your textbook and one additional scholarly source to support your claim.

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As per my views, use of motivation is much more important when compared with the usage of power for the purpose of driving high performing team to attain certain project deadlines or commitments. High performing teams most of the time work under stiff deadline and therefore the amount of pressure of work also remains up to the mark and in such circumstances it is vital for each of the team members working as part of the high performing team to understand properly the requirement of the project as well the key deliverables and the requirement of the client as much as possible and try to work in accordance to the prescribed instructions. Now, here the role of the manager handling the sole onus of the project is tremendous. There are two ways to push the team, one way is to showcase power and the other is to inspire the team. Now, as per the common scenario, most often it is observed that team members under pressure stumble to work in fear of doing something wrong and it also hinders the way they think and so it restricts rather than helping the cause of accelerating the overall progress of the work. On the contrary, when high performing teams are motivated for example by saying simple words like saying something like “You guys are going a good job… Do carry on with it and keep rocking” (Katzenbach, J.R. 2010) imparts a great impact in the mind of each of the team members working as part of the high performing team and as such they are bound to get motivated to the maximum possible extent and quite naturally they feel the urge from very within and in such a state of mind, work is bound to progress at a rate faster than when work is done under stress and pressure. So, it is motivation rather than sheer pressure on part of the senior people that ultimately help the cause but then that does not imply that the project manager will always behave the same since there are also circumstances when a project is nearing deadline and only half of the work is done at such circumstances only motivation may not suffice rather it should be coupled with little bit of pressure as well but that is not always should be the case since a high performing team as the name suggests should always be ready to face the challenge and meet tight deadlines as per the requirement of critical project activities so overall the impact of motivational quotient by far surpasses the impact created by showcasing of power. (AceMyHW)

 

 

References

Project management the managerial process 5th edition by Erik W. Larson Clifford F.Gray

Katzenbach, J.R. 2010, Peak Performance, Harvard Business School Press, Boston, Massachusetts.

 

 

 


 

Choosing only one of the team development stages, discuss what stage of development is the most critical for high-performance and project success. Use specific concepts and ideas from your textbook and one additional scholarly source to support your decision.

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There are certain specific stages so far the development cycle of any project work is concerned and among those stages the development phase is the most crucial one as per my understanding. And there are a number of reasons in support of the same. The first one is that development phase is the time frame when the process of requirement gathering from client and understanding each and every point of the prescribed requirement remains on progress and each and every team member working as a team needs to delve deep to perform up to the mark and since the deadline in development phase remains quite sharp so pressure always remains high and working under a condition of high pressure always is a challenge but also is cause for success since it has been observed that it the challenge that helps bringing out the best out of a person and so challenge is good for the overall progress and during the lifecycle of the project the development phase should get the stamp of critical stage in accordance with the rationale mentioned above. There are ample evidences to this as well as can be derived out of the past project activities. The Sun America Life Insurance company required a entire web application to be built up with complex business logic being established throughout the project deliverables (UK DTI, 2003). The team responsible for meeting up the deliverables did an excellent job and received client appreciation profusely during the development phase of the project for meeting up the strict deadline and finishing the development work although the testing phase required lot of code fixing in areas where deemed necessary but that did not matter a great deal since the first impression was good in front of the client the same team bagged another project from the same client for the kind of delivery them provided and that too in compliance with all the security mechanisms in place and within fixed budget and time. And as such so far my understating and feeling goes, the development phase of any type of project work stands out to be most critical as well as beneficial one from the perspective of the team working on it since it only requires meeting up with project deliverables and meeting up with deadline fixed by the client and if that can be ensured most of the time it is success which is achieved at the end.

References

Project management the managerial process 5th edition by Erik W. Larson Clifford F.Gray

High Performance Workplaces – Informing and Consulting Employees, UK DTI, 2003