You work as a project manager for the IT department at your company, a supplier of customized management software packages for the oil industry. Your company is in the process of a big expansion, and the IT department will assume project management responsibility for supporting this growth. While the company does IT projects for its customers, the IT department focuses on company infrastructure.
In many of the assignments that follow, you will be expected to use your imagination to create company-specific technology and business details to flesh out the realism of the assignment deliverable. In general, you will be capitalizing on the detail that you provide in earlier assignments to build a richer scenario as you go along.
Your company is a dynamic organization that depends on a near-constant series of projects to keep its IT infrastructure in alignment with its business goals, including such aspects as maintaining state-of-the-art communications with customers and with staff in the field. Senior executives are thinking about instituting a formal program management office to oversee the improvement of its project management processes and provide project management training for staff. The board is aware that industry thinking has been in a state of flux over the last few decades, the board has asked you to develop a white paper on the important considerations relating to its IT department’s managerial and leadership positions in project management.
In a 3-5 page report, complete the following:
- Discuss how current views on leadership and management relate to project management in this organizational context.
- Integrate information from several sources.
- Reference all sources using APA style.