Case Study | Quantum Telecom
1. How do we eliminate politics from gate review meetings?
Gate review meetings are a form of project close. Gate review meeting could result in the closure of a life-cycle or the closure of the entire project. At each gate, the continuation of the process is decided by the project manager or a steering committee. The decision is based on the information available at the time, including the business case, risk analysis, and availability of necessary resources (e.g., money, people with correct competencies).
Politics exist in any life cycle phase of a project. Two or more people or a group of people is needed for a politics to occur. Politics in project management have positive impact and negative impact in a project management. Project manager using his political influence with project sponsor to get qualified resources needed or a high priority for the project could certainly lead to a positive outcome. ...view middle of the document...
2. How can we develop a methodology where termination of a project is not viewed as a failure?
In this case study, risk management can be applied as one of the methodology where termination of a project is not viewed as a failure. There are three ways to handle project risks. One is risk avoidance, in which you reduce the project’s scope, at some cost in product performance or competitiveness. Another is risk transfer to a trusted or warranted third party. The third is risk acceptance, in which you accept that the project may involve risks. You then apply risk assessment and control techniques to manage risks, including the option of early termination if risk exposure becomes unacceptably high. Using a risk acceptance approach, a certain fraction of project terminations becomes an acceptable way of coping with an unpredictable world.
3. Were the wrong people assigned as sponsors?
In this case study, the project sponsor is wrongly assigned. The project sponsor took the risk by approving the project to go for next cycle of the project at the gate review meetings, but it turn out to be failure even though they found the technology breakthrough. The project sponsor used their authority power and political influence which at the end turns out to be failure.
4. What options are available to a project manager when there exist a disagreement between the sponsor and the project manager?
When there exist a disagreement between the project manager and the sponsor, the project manager can address the disagreement to the steering committee for resolution. The Steering Committee generally includes management representatives from the key organizations involved in the project oversight and control, and any other key stakeholder groups that have special interest in the outcome of the project. The Steering committee acts individually and collectively as a vocal and visible project champion throughout their representative organizations; generally they approve project deliverables, help resolve issues and policy decisions, approve scope changes, and provide direction and guidance to the project.
5. Can you answer to the above question be outlined as part of the project management methodology?
Yes, the question be outlined is answered as part of the project management methodology.