Phase 4 IP2
Colorado Tech Online
Professor: Gigi Smith
June 21, 2012
I have worked for many organizations that use project management to run their business. One particular business projects that I can witness, uses project management for a project is Academy & Outdoors. This is one organization that does not clearly think out the project goals required for a project to achieve. This company has many departments that are specialized in different product and services. Many team members were placed in a different department and they were not trained for it. As this hurt with sales because the member had no good knowledge of what the product ...view middle of the document...
Team members, 2 team leads, and the apparel manager needs to be available before the project is due to discuss what is needed for the project. We were broken down into 4 teams:
* Group1(men Nike, BCG, and licensed apparel
* Group2 (Columbia and Guy Harvey)
* Group3 (women Nike, women Columbia, and Dickies)
* Group4 (Adidas and kids apparel
And everything in swimwear we all had to do. The project was not fully successful, because more time was required for it to be completed as recommended. Academy had to take a risk over going the budget in labor cost and pay some employee’s overtime. To make up for it they chose to cut hours the next following week to make up for the hours they had to over use for the project. This caused confusion and made some employees upset, that made it hard for the management team to assign orders.
This project could have been better aligned closer by creating a WBS (work Breakdown Structure) for the one’s involved in the project. Because of information is so late within a department, which is why projects cannot be completed on time. As soon as the apparel manager receives the information, he/she should be sharing the information with their employees that will be working on the assignment. An evaluation should have been in order right then and the manager should been analyzing their strongest members that could complete the project. The manager should be making a schedule of all the team members that will be involved in the project. The time available should have been looked for each team member that will be needed to complete the project. That way they would have known if they could reach the budget or not. Creating a PERT chart to help “determine the probability of meeting the deadline” for the project is possible (Kerzner, 2009).
However they were given a deadline by the sponsors, so they could have created a PERT chart to outline the tasks of the project. We were required to re-structure the outline of the product to the design they requested. We had to get new prices for product and find products that have went on sale because they were not selling for regular price. We also had to organize the clothes by size and design on each rack. This was not an easy task and believe me if project management was used wisely, it would have...