Dear Kamaria, your posting presents great insight on issues that may have led to success or failure of your past projects. From your postings, I have been able to learn that motivation for a benefit or reward plays a critical role in encouraging employees to work hard and to focus on their work. Interestingly, you noted that your fellow workers were willing to switch off their phones so that they could have enough time to finish their tasks. Generally, timely completion of work would result in better pay. In the second posting, I learned that work is still a disutility even in social projects. In the second project, when you were overseeing the raising of funds for needy children, some your team members were idling while others were overwhelmed with work, which clearly demonstrates that work is a disutility (Spencer, 2003). To overcome this problem, I learned that a manager should develop an efficient system that eliminates cases of excess dependency and queuing.
I would love to know if the workers were all efficient after you made them work independently. As noted by most economics, proper accountability and the lack of free riders results in efficiency in the management of resources. I would also like to know if Kamaria had informed all her team member in the second project on the purpose of the initiative. In terms of similarities, I have observed that adequate knowledge of how a system works and how it should be implemented is essential in making it successful. The differences that I have observed between your system and mine is that my second project failed due to my team’s lack of adequate research on how the external environment (students) would accept the new system. On the contrary, your project on needy students’ bursary program failed due to internal issues occasioned by poor implementation of the process by her team members. Rossen and Sellers (2000), note that the knowledge of the business environment is essential for its success.
Dear Stephanie, your postings give a clear and detailed view of the issues that led to the success or failure of your projects. Your postings enabled me to learn the importance of adequate knowledge in ensuring projects are successful. In particular, your team’s knowledge on how servers work enabled you to successfully change the manner in which the organization monitors applications that are running on your computers. In the second posting, I learned that there should be a careful implementation of change and thorough testing to ensure changes made to a project are successful (Todnem, 2007). This project failed because the company’s engineer ignored a checkpoint in the data center. I would like to know if your team developed a checklist that would ensure that there is a detailed analysis of every step of the company’s operations to avoid similar failures in future. I would also like to know if the company lost any customers due to the failure of the system. I would also like you to clarify the exact problem that was on your servers’ database. In terms of similarities, I have observed that adequate knowledge of how a system works is essential in ensuring that changes made to a project are successful. The difference between your project and mine is that mine failed due to lack of adequate knowledge of the financial sector while yours failed because your engineer ignored standard procedures, such as testing, before initiating the project.
Rosen, C. & Seller, C. (2000). Business and the environment. Retrieved from: http://hbswk.hbs.edu/archive/1352.html
Spencer, D. (2003). Loave’s labor lost? The disutility of work and work avoidance in the economic labor supply. Review of Social Economy, 61(2), 235-250.
Todnem, T. (2007). Organisational change management: A critical review. Journal f Change Management, 5(4), 369-380.