Lessons for an Accidental Profession

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Lessons for an Accidental Profession
Authors: J.K Pinto & O.P Kharbanda

Team members: - Guajardo Perez, Karina. - Nguyen, Quang. - Tang, Shengze. - Yang, Xiaojian.

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Index

Introduction...................................................................................................................3 Report Question 1 .........................................................................................................4 Report Question 2 .........................................................................................................9 Report Question 3 .......................................................................................................10 Report Question 4 .......................................................................................................11 Report Question 5 .......................................................................................................12 Team Members Performance and Grade......................................................................13 Summary of Activity...................................................................................................16

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Introduction

During the last days, several Concepts have been learnt about Project Management due to an activity related to an article entitled “Lessons for an accidental Profession”. The meaning of this phrase is explain why project managers can achieve important skills by happenstance. In the following report all the comments of the team member has been considered as crucial contributions, some of them has been chosen and some other has been avoided as part of a decision process by the project manager of the team according to develop the best work. In the first part, the answer of the five questions will be reported followed by the report of the performance of team members and also project manager performance will be discussed. Finally, a summary will be shown with what has been learnt and what can be improved.

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Report Question 1

What are the reasons the author advances for project management to be considered an accidental profession? The twelve guidelines are presented in no particular order. Order them by level of importance and explain your reasoning.

Question one is divided in two parts:

First part of the question:

In the first part of the Question there are two main reasons that the author says about why project management is considered an accidental profession:

1.1 Although there are programs to train project managers, this results at best as an ad hoc training. Because the programs do not give the skills to succeed, the skills can be learned by happenstance.

The meaning of this is that it is important to recognize that Project Managers can be trained by programs, but be trained is not good enough, because there are important skills that are developed just by experience. For example, to have good response to risks, it is important to recognize them and prevent them, many of them probably are impossible to prevent but in that case at least it is good to have a good response to them. But, with no experience, it would be very difficult to sort the risks if project manager have not being through risk situations before.

Another important issue for project managers is dealing with different kind of professionals. This is something that can not be trained because is almost impossible to categorize people as they are all different. That is an example of why project managers have to learn of the experience, and also put an eye on psychological matters to give support to their teams.

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1.2 As a second reason, the author mentions that Project Management is not a welldefined career path. Generally the role...
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