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Case Study 1:
Reaching Success through Best Project Management Practices

Read the
following articles:

  • “OPM3® Case Study: OPM3 in Action: Pinellas
    County IT Turns Around Performance and Customer Confidence”.
  • “IT project management and virtual teams”. SIGMIS
    CPR ’04 Proceedings of the 2004 SIGMIS conference on Computer personnel
    research: Careers, culture, and ethics in a networked environment, pages
    129-133.Note: This article can be found in the ACM Digital Library

Write a three to
five (3-5) page paper in which you:

  1. Identify the common challenges that exist
    within IT projects based on the first article. Highlight the best
    practices that could be linked to the successful performance of IT project
    teams.
  2. Determine at least three (3) challenges
    that exist when working with virtual teams based on the second article
    titled “IT project management and virtual teams”. Analyze how the
    efficient management of these challenges influences the success of project
    deliverables.
  3. Based on the lessons learned within the
    first article titled “ OPM3® Case Study: OPM3 in Action: Pinellas County
    IT Turns Around Performance and Customer Confidence”, draw a workflow
    diagram to show how a project should initiate to gain support from the
    various project stakeholders. Use the graphical tools in Microsoft Word or
    Visio, or an open source alternative such as Dia.Note:The graphically
    depicted solution is not included in the required page length.
  4. Compare and contrast the assessment steps
    provided by the OPM3 Model presented in the first article with the
    CMMI-DEV-v1.2 process framework presented in Appendix 1A of the textbook.
    Discuss how the CMMI maturity levels are related to the assessment steps.
  5. Summarize at least three (3) CMMI processes
    that can improve the productivity of virtual teams. Determine the three
    (3) most significant measures and the activities associated with each
    process. Note: Refer to table 1A.4 in Chapter 1 of the textbook for
    information on purposes of the CMMI-DEV-v1.2 processes.

Your assignment
must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New
    Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and
    references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your
    professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title
    of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course
    title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not
    included in the required assignment page length.
  • Include charts or diagrams created in Visio
    or Dia. The completed diagrams / charts must be imported into the Word
    document before the paper is submitted.

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