ProjectManagement Review Questions
Question1. Whatare project management processes?
Differentproject management approaches usually undergo different processes.From the traditional approach to project management, there are fivemain processes namely: initiation, development or planning,production or execution, monitoring and controlling, andclosing/maintenance exists (Ho 2010). From a waterfall approach, thefirst process is arguably more important than the others as itdetermines the other processes. Each process is more important thanthe next. Another way that the importance of each process can beaccessed is in regards to the amount of effort involved. Theproduction or execution process requires the greatest effort and mayalso take the longest time. It pertains to bringing all ideas to lifeand implementing them. Its success will be used to assess the successof the entire project and other processes.
Question2. Yourthoughts to article 1
Oneof the things that stand out about the article is the partitioninginto different subheadings covering different areas. This alone makesthe article attractive and easier to read and use for a researcherbecause one can trace and locate needed areas of information moreeasily. Furthermore, the subheadings are well number incrementallygiving a hint to the reader of the level of detail each subheadingcovers. Writing in prose can be tiring as it forces readers to readthe entire article every time they want to retrieve a single idea ofstatement from an article, but this is not the case. For the article,listing of key items or itemizing them in number and bullet points iseasier for the audience to locate key ideas and also summarize themeasily.
Anotherthing that stands out about the article is the use of simplelanguage. Short simple sentences are used throughout and they areeasy to read, process, and understand. They also enable effortlessflow of ideas which largely inform one another. This tone used by theauthor and choice of language enables them to present and employ keytechnical terms in PM in a manner that the general audience canunderstand (Rocco & Hatcher 2011). Through this simple language,the authors have managed to break down the subject of projectmanagement for all to understand and apply it in other ways otherthan health informatics (Rocco & Hatcher 2011). All in all, itachieves its objectives of explaining how project management can beapplied in health informatics.
Question3. Yourthoughts to article 2
Thearticle by Gresch (2010) takes a relaxed approach compared to theother article by Ho (2010). The makes use of a conversation tonethroughout the paper and even goes head and poses questions to thereaders. For instance he asks “Whywe are here?”The author tone also suggests he targets a professional audience. Hedoes not spend much time explaining what project management is allabout but rather assumes that the audience has a grasp of PM butneeds to formalize the knowledge by organizing it in five simplesteps. Alternatively, it can be suggested that the author does nothave the technical or academic details about project management. Hisapproach is more of a hands-on subjective approach on the topic. Hedoes not follow the principles that guide his knowledge or viewsabout PM. This can be attributed to the fact that the article makesno reference to other published articles. Although the articlementions other peoples works such as Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits ofHighly Effective People and the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Agreedto, Reachable, Timely) model in goals formulation, the author makesno parenthetical reference to the sources. At the end of the papertoo, there is no reference list provided which undermines its use foracademic purposes.
Gresch,A. (2010, July-August). Five simple steps to project planning.Biomedical
Instrumentation& Technology / Association For The Advancement Of MedicalInstrumentation,44(4), 297-298.
Ho,J. (2010). Project management in health informatics. Studiesin Health Technology and
Rocco,T. & Hatcher, T. (2011). The Handbook of Scholarly Writing andPublishing. New York:
JohnWiley & Sons.