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Discussion 1 Project Team Communications Project teams may be made up of members who come from a variety of disciplines, professions, and skills. Members may be recruited from a number of internal and external organizations. Project managers must bring together diverse teams to produce the expected business results while maintaining communications and relative harmony. The Jung Myers-Briggs test is often used to identify personality types that make up a team. Armed with this information project team members may have a better idea of how best to approach, work with, and communicate with other members. If you have previously taken the Myers-Briggs test then you may use that information here. If you have not taken the test before then please take the Jung Typology Test (Links to an external site.), tell us your four letter Myers-Briggs description, and briefly describe its meaning. Tell us if you believe the result accurately describes you and the potential strengths and weaknesses your personality type has in working in teams and or in relationships. (There are sources that discuss this). Replies should contain at least 200 words and be supported by at least one professional or academic source other than the textbook. Test Results: INTJ Introvert(9%) iNtuitive(19%) Thinking(12%) Judging(44%) • You have slight preference of Introversion over Extraversion (9%) • You have slight preference of Intuition over Sensing (19%) • You have slight preference of Thinking over Feeling (12%) • You have moderate preference of Judging over Perceiving (44%) Discussion 2 Project Management Office (PMO) A PMO can bring structure to larger and more complex project organizations. Tell us if your current or previous organization has a PMO. Alternatively, you may select an organization you are familiar with or desire to research. If your selected organization does have a PMO, tell us the advantages and disadvantages of your PMO. If your selected organization does not have a PMO, tell us if you would recommend the establishment of a PMO and why or why not. Required Resources Websites Personality test based on Jung and Briggs Myers typology (Links to an external site.). (2013). Retrieved from • Determines personality type using Myers-Briggs test. Accessibility Statement does not exist. Privacy Policy (Links to an external site.) Recommended Resources Text Project Management Institute. (2013). A guide to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK guide) (5th ed.). Newtown Square, PA: Author. • Provides detailed knowledge that supports the text and many of the learning objectives. Multimedia Clayton, M. (2018, October 17). What is a PMO? Project management in under 5 (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from • This video is an explanation of what a Project Management Office is. Week 6 Lecture Congratulations on making it to the final week of BUS611 Project Planning and Management! This week, we will be discussing interpersonal communications and the project management office (PMO). The Recommended Readings will provide good insight to both topics. Your final paper is also due this week and the balance of this discussion will provide helpful advice to write a professional submission. Keys to Writing the Best Paper Your final paper is a persuasive factual paper whose purpose is to convince the new management team of the importance of project management. This paper is worth 25% of your grade. One key to writing a persuasive (or any academic paper for that matter) is to ensure that you provide outside support for each of the paper’s requirements. Little Gems The first step of effective persuasion is education. In your final paper you will want to educate your reader using reliable outside sources including peer reviewed journal articles, the Project Management Institute publications, and, of course, our textbook. Use Contextual Headings to Organize your Paper The grading rubric for the final paper includes the list of subjects that need to be covered; be sure to use these (or key words from these) as headings for your paper. Doing so helps assure that everything required is included AND that your instructor can easily find each requirement. The rubric can also be used as your paper’s outline since they it is set up in a way that the topics flow smoothly from one to another. Little Gems Use Contextual (Level One) Headers for Final Paper Level one contextual headers should be in bold, centered, and in title case. Suggested headers that you can copy and paste directly into your paper: 1. Introduction – Technically APA does not have an introduction header BUT our experience shows that having an introduction heading is a great reminder that an introduction is needed. 2. Project and Project Management Defined 3. Benefits of Project Management Methodology 4. Role and Benefits of a Project Sponsor 5. Project Teams and Team Communications 6. Project Life Cycle 7. Project Charter Helps Prevent Scope Creep 8. Work Breakdown Structure 9. Importance of Project Kickoff Meeting 10. Benefits and Uses of Project Management Software 11. Benefits of Professional Certification and Role of Ethics 12. Identifying and Mitigating Risks 13. Data Driven Decision Making 14. Project Management Office 15. Lessons Learned 16. Recommendation Summary Logical Flow One key to a good paper is that it is easy to read and understand. This means that you want to start general and then move into the specifics. For example, in your paper you want to define what a project sponsor is before talking about the benefits of a project sponsor. Editing Elevates your Paper to the Next Level If your writing is difficult to read, does not flow well, and is filled with errors, your message gets lost. Proofreading your paper for grammar, spelling, and writing clarity is a vital step. One of the most useful writing tips is to start early. Given the time to put your paper aside for a few days you will read it with fresh eyes and will catch many errors that you may have missed otherwise. Other suggestions include: Reading your paper out loud will help you hear issues you may have otherwise missed. Use of text-to-speech software to read your paper. You will be surprised (and probably a bit horrified) how many issues you hear this way. Once you hear the issues, they are easy to correct. Natural Reader has a free text to speech option: (Links to an external site.) Find a trusted friend or family member to review your paper for grammar and clarity. Of course you have already used the grammar and spell check features within MS Word. Before handing your paper to someone to edit, turn on the “Track Changes” feature in MS Word which will allow you to see what they changed and then either accept or reject their ideas. For information on how to do this see: How to Track Changes in a Word 2007 Document For Dummies (Links to an external site.). One last reading to check for proper flow and excessive wordiness and you are ready to submit. Resources to Elevate your Writing Here are a few tried and true favorite tools to elevate your writing. Try them; they really do work! Natural Reader: (Links to an external site.) Natural Reader is a free text-to-speech software. You will be amazed (and perhaps a little horrified) at the number of writing errors you hear when the Natural Reader reads your paper. Setting MS Word’s Grammar Checker to “formal” helps many students catch writing errors. Potential issues will have a red or green squiggly line under them. Highlight and left click for additional information and corrections. For more information see: Word 2003 Tutorial The Spelling and Grammar Checker Microsoft Training Lesson 4.1 (Links to an external site.). Note the location of some of these features may change according to your version of MS Word. 1. Turn on MS Word’s Grammar Checker: MS Word has a built-in grammar checker that will help you catch some errors. The following link will walk you through how to activate Word’s Grammar checker and provide additional information about how it works: Using Grammar Check (Links to an external site.). 2. Change Grammar Checker to Formal: Go to File | Options | Proofing | Settings and check ALL of the boxes, also change comma required before last item to “always” and spaces required between sentences to “1”. You will also need to change the “writing style” setting itself from “grammar” to “grammar and style”: MS Word: Changing the Grammar Check Settings. (Links to an external site.) The Writing Reviser Tool: (Links to an external site.) Upload what you have written into the Writing Reviser and you will receive a report that highlights possible areas of concern. If you are rushed for time you can zero in on the issues from the report or areas you want to work on. For example, if you have been told your writing is “wordy” or you are using too many prepositional phrases start by reviewing the “sentence economy” section. APA 6.0 All assignments should be in APA format. Make sure your paper has a title page, a reference page, is double spaced, your headings are correct, your references are in APA format, you are using in-text citations correctly and so on. If you are unsure of something refer to the APA manual, the Ashford Writing Center, or the Purdue Owl. 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