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Achieving Project Goals
Betty Brown
MGT/437
August 16, 2012
Kevin Meavers


Achieving Project Goals
Completing the “Achieving Project Goals Simulation” changed my perception as well as helped me understand exactly what project management and how important it is to execute all the areas of project management effectively. By reviewing this simulation one can realize how project management is very helpful in everyday life and can also change one’s point of view on project management. There are three crucial elements to follow in project management, these are time, scope and cost and are known as the “Triple Constraint” or “Triple Constraint triangle (Kerzner, 2006). Project management utilizes a method which consists of organization and management of resources so that the project results fall within the time, scope, and cost as set forth and established upon with the team. From the very beginning of the simulation with the story “The Six Blind Men and the Elephant” the story was intriguing. The story line was an attention-grabber to see how each of the men described an elephant , which they have presumably never seen, based upon just a piece of it and compared it to something from their past . They could have never realized how large the elephant was as a whole, especially when they based their statements on such small components. The story concisely covered the old saying ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts'; which is precisely what project management is: the ability to look at an assignment like pieces of a puzzle and interlock them as smoothly as possible . These kinds of projects are usually a one-time undertaking intended to produce an outcome that is generally unique to the organizations inevitably generating change and value for the entire company. The method used to project preparation is to start by outlining the work breakdown in a reasonable chain of command, so each person in the team is assigned and dedicated to a certain...
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