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Project Management

  1. At the end of the case, as Palmer I would have agreed with Sands regarding the importance of the Springfield case to the goals and objectives of the company. That is; the objective of the company was to increase the consulting services in the organization. However, I would emphasize on the importance of careful management of employees (teams in the case) for the benefit of other projects that are also vital to the organization. I would inform Sands that the Johnsonville audit was late on schedule, due to the first choice to share Olds while he had already been chosen for the Johnsonville project. More importantly, I would inform him that the decision works against Johnsonville project while the delay has been majorly caused by sharing Olds with Crosby. Thus, it might affect the performance of the project. Consequently, I would recommend the BOD to be informed so that in future promotions the situation is not used against me.

  2. To avoid losing Olds in the first place, Palmer should never have agreed to share him with Crosby at all. He would have refused and maintained his position on the importance of Olds in his project and none of the things happening now, (loosing Olds) would have occurred. Additionally, if he tracked how Crosby abused their agreement, it would have worked for him to keep Olds.

  3. One main advantage of the matrix type organization is providing the employees with flexibility between different projects. However, it is also a disadvantage since it does not promote the development of their skills and productivity. That is; if someone is not overwhelmed with work from different projects, they increase their productivity and performance.

  4. The M&M management was not involved in this case at all. Thus, to manage such situations the management should be involved throughout with the projects, where there role could assist eliminate such situations in any projects.