Unit 8 Discussion Forum
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The purpose of a discussion forum is for students to engage one another over topics related to the course material. An initial post by each student “sets the table” for follow-on responses by other students. In a graduate-level academic setting, the initial post is more than describing opinion by the student. Rather, it is opinion supported by published literature or other references (e.g., refereed journals, textbooks, and especially the PMBOK). The response post can be less formal but no less thoughtful in content.
Discussion Topic: Activity Development and Problems with Estimating Activity Duration
Initial Post Requirement (20 points): Minimum 300 words. There are 2 parts to the initial discussion post.
Part 1: Think of at one thing you must do this week. For each part of the five parts of the definition of an activity described in Section 8.1, CPM4e, describe how it does or does not meet the definition.
Part 2: Describe at least one activity needed to complete a work package in a project you’ve participated in the past. Using Exhibit 8.9, CPM 4e, discuss how you or your organization uses various remedies to address problems in estimating activity duration.
Response Post Requirement (10 points): Minimum 150 words. In the response post, discuss how your organization addresses the problem described in Part 2 of the initial post. You can rely entirely on your experience or it can be a combination of your experience supplemented with information learned from the course reading materials and other references.
Assessment: You will be assessed on 1) content and 2) completeness (e.g., use of in-text citation of references used for summarizing, paraphrasing and quoting and other writing mechanics) and word count.
Guidance: See the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) website for guidance on citations and references. A copy of the Purdue OWL citation chart is provided in the course home page (Moodle). Discussion forum content can include a combination of material from literature and your own personal experience. Do some research and find papers that are associated with the topic of the question. It is recommended that you use the materials provided in this course and the assigned readings in CPM 4e and the PMBOK 6e for references when appropriate for the question you’ve chosen. Online blogs are not acceptable references.