Thispaper will discuss the best available alternatives to present to thetop management in regards to the Color laser printing project.Lauren, a very experienced employee, with over 15years of experiencein printer design and manufacture, was tasked by the top managementof the company to spearhead the color laser printer project. Laurenis thereby expected to exploit all available alternatives in order toachieve satisfactory results expected by the management.
Variousexperienced members of the company were sought to give their idea onthe project and how the raised concerns could be handled. Severalsuggestions were given. Amongst them was a proposal to cancel theproject. According to Lauren, the task at hand had already beenconsidered as a top priority project by the top management of thefirm. In my view, it would make no sense to any raise concerns thatwould lead to the cancellation of the project. From her vastexperience in commercial printers, her main concern was the costsinvolved being 20% more than the board’s projection. Other thanthat, the time duration suggested by the top management to implementthe project was not similar to the projection needed by theimplementers of the project.
Agood project manager is expected to work by projected time limits andbudget estimates while still meet the goals of a given project.However, this does not mean that the manager is to be confined bystringent limits yet expected to give results. The best idea would beto offer a counter proposal to the top management with the reasons asto why their projections were not workable and offered a suggestionon what time and budget estimate the implementers could complete theproject with.
Thesuggestions of counter proposals by the staff were far and wide. Someideas were progressive while others steered away from the actualproject. Lauren should not choose to change the scope of the projectbecause that would change the whole idea and goal of the project. Themain idea should be to stick with the plan but find ways to implementthe objectives either with the available budget or findingalternatives solutions to share costs. This is because, for all thesuggestions, none of them offered a way to reduce the costs. Therewere two workable suggestions from the staff. One included seeking acorporation to partner with in the implementation of the project bysharing costs and implementation responsibilities to develop the newtechnology. The other good idea was to outsource the technologydesign to any other company that would work with the given budgetsand still manage to give high-quality results [CITATION Gar02 l 1033 ].
Laurenshould, therefore, draft a presentation to the top management to showwhy the costs are high and give workable suggestions on how toimplement the project. This would, therefore, encompass an idea toseek an alternative company to outsource the technology design or toseek a partner to share the costs if the top management would notapprove the given budget estimates. These proposals would give thetop management a chance to choose the best way to implement theproject or to cancel the project [ CITATION Gar02 l 1033 ].
Definitely,it is always the decision by the management on whether to giveestimates or not. In my view, it is a good idea. However, themanagement should involve more experienced personnel in therespective field to draft an idea of the same before they make anultimate decision. This would help provide an accurate and workabletime and budget estimates for the project manager[ CITATION Pro16 l 1033 ].
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