HR Project Management

You will need to research and identify a project of your choosing to be the representative project for this course. The project identified by you will be applied for all of the assignments as appropriate.

It can be argued that one of your most important assets to a project is your “human” resource. Therefore, a key project management skill is leadership in terms of developing and motivating the project team. In this course, you will gain expertise in preparing a strategy incorporating good human resource practices based on accepted theories and models. You will select a project that you may have developed in a previous class or a known project in an organization that has a project team that could benefit from a Project Human Resource Management Strategy Plan.

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Throughout this course, you will be working on developing several components of the final Key Assignment. Additional information and the deliverables for each Individual Project will be provided in the assignment description for this project.

In this first Individual Project, you are asked to develop the outline of the sections that will be included in your Project Human Resource Management Strategy Plan document and a draft of a proposal to submit to your instructor. The other information that you will include is a high-level description of the project that you will be developing the strategy plan for.

You will also be setting up the final Key Assignment outline that you will add to each week. The combined Individual Project (IP) assignments will be your final Key Assignment deliverable.

Project Selection

The first step will be to select a project that you plan to develop a human recourse strategy plan for. This project will be used as the basis for each of the assignments throughout the course and should conform to the following guidelines:

  1. Nontrivial: The selected project candidate should reflect a real-life project.
  2. Domain knowledge: You will be applying knowledge of this project to address assignments related to motivating and supporting the human resource component of the project.

Select a project that fits these requirements, and submit your proposal to your instructor before proceeding further with the assignments in the course. Approval should be sought within the first few days of the course. Your instructor will tell you how to submit this proposal and what notification will be given for project approval.

Assignment Guidelines

Your first task in this process will be to select a project to use as the basis of your Key Assignment. You will also create the shell document for the final project Key Assignment document deliverable that you will be working on throughout the course. As you proceed through each project phase, you will add content to each section of the final document to progressively complete the final project delivery, which is the Project Human Resource Management Strategy Plan.

The following are the project deliverables:

  • Submit the project proposal to your instructor for approval.
  • Project Human Resource Management Strategy Plan document shell:
    • Use Word
    • Title page
      • Course number and name
      • Project name
      • Your name
      • Date
    • Table of Contents (TOC)
      • Use an autogenerated TOC.
      • This should be on a separate page.
      • This should be a maximum of 3 levels deep.
      • Be sure to update the fields of the TOC so that it is up-to-date before submitting your project.
    • Section Headings (create each heading on a new page with “TBD” as content, except for Week 1)
      • Project Outline
      • Communication and Leadership Style Assessment
      • Motivating Project Team Strategy
      • Project Conflict and Stress Identification Process
      • Consensus Decision Making Process
      • Conflict Management Strategy
      • Communications Plan
      • Project Leadership Strategy
  • New content to be inserted in above shell:
    • Project Outline
      • Brief description of the project
      • Overall project deliverable
      • Material can be taken from approved proposal submitted to instructor, and will serve as the draft for the proposal
      • Be sure project is approved by the instructor
    • Communication and Leadership Style Assessment
      • Select 1 of the links that you researched in this week’s Discussion Board, and assess your leadership style.
      • Put together a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis based on the results of the assessment, listing a minimum of 3 under each category.
        StrengthsWeaknesses
        OpportunitiesThreats
      • Select 1 of the links researched in this week’s Discussion Board, and assess your communication style.
      • Discuss the results, placing emphasis on your strong forms of communication and a plan to develop the weaker areas that are important to managing projects.

      DeliverablesThe following are the overall project deliverables:

      • Update the Key Assignment document title page with a new date and project name.
      • Update the previously completed sections based on your instructor’s feedback.
      • Create the following section:
        • Motivating Project Team Strategy
          • Describe the method that you will use to determine how each team member is motivated. (This can be the assessment tool that you researched in the Discussion Board.)
          • Describe the theory that most closely aligns with how you intend to motivate your team.
          • Describe which facilitation techniques you will use to have the project team input to the motivation plan and which team-building activities that you plan to implement. Provide a visual example.
          • What activities or tasks have you added to the project plan to make sure that this important activity is not overlooked?

    You have discussed potential sources of conflict and stress in this week’s Discussion Board. For this assignment:

    • Describe two potential sources of conflict within your project and how you will determine if the conflict is good or bad.
    • Discuss two potential sources of stress within your project and the methods you can use to reduce that stress.
    • Describe your approach to consensus decision making in your project.
      • Outline the process that will be used from an initial decision to be made to the full decision implementation.
      • Discuss facilitation tools you will utilize to gain consensus.

    DeliverablesThe following are the overall project deliverables:

    • Update the Key Assignment document title page with a new date and project name.
    • Update the previously completed sections based on your instructor’s feedback.
    • Create the following sections:
      • Project Conflict and Stress Identification Process
        • Identify potential sources of conflict within your project.
        • Describe how you will determine if they are good or bad conflict.
        • Identify potential sources of stress within your project.
        • Describe methods that you can employ to reduce stress.
      • Consensus Decision-Making Process
        • Describe what your approach will be to consensus decision making.
        • Outline the process that would be used from the initial decision that needs to be made to full decision implementation.
        • What are some of the facilitation tools that can be utilized to gain consensus?

Deliverables

The following are the overall project deliverables:

  • Update the Key Assignment document title page with a new date and project name.
  • Update the previously completed sections based on your instructor’s feedback.
  • Create the following section:
    • Conflict Management Strategy
      • Strategies to deal with conflict
      • Overall conflict management process
      • Conflict mediation process if conflict cannot be resolved internally

      In the previous weeks, you explored communication, leadership, motivation, conflict management, and consensus. In Week 1, you assessed your own strengths and weaknesses both in your leadership style and your communications style to further develop the weak areas and take advantage of your strengths. In Week 2, you looked at several theories around motivation and selected the ones that are most appropriate for motivating your project team. In Week 3, you analyzed the causes and types of conflicts and stress that could exist for this project team. In Week 4, you used this knowledge to develop a conflict-management strategy as well as determining a method for a consensus decision making approach. In this Week, you will be using all of the information you have learned about yourself, the project team, and the organization as a whole to deliver transparent project communications. You will also finalize the project leadership strategy you will utilize for the political organization challenges, preparing the stakeholders for change, and leading your project team as high performance contributors.The overall project deliverables are as follows:

      • Update the previously completed sections based on your instructor’s feedback.
      • Create the following sections:
        • Communications Plan
          • Prepare a plan for overall project management communications with project sponsors including frequency and types of reports.
          • Prepare a plan for overall project management communications with project stakeholders including frequency and types of reports.
          • Prepare a plan for overall project management communications with the project team, both formal and informal.
          • Identify any other organization members that you will need to communicate with and how you would approach them, such as those asking for changes.
        • Project Leadership Strategy
          • Describe a leadership strategy and challenges in terms of the organization as a whole and any politics that may exist.
          • Describe a leadership strategy in terms of project team and developing them into a high-performance team.
          • Describe a leadership strategy in terms of preparing project stakeholders for the change brought about by the delivery of the selected project.
      • Update the Key Assignment title page with a new date and project name.
      • Be sure to update your table of contents before submission.
    • Deliverable Length: 4,000–6,000 words total
 
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