This activity will provide you with an opportunity to engage in discussion on a project management topic that was covered in this module. The class interaction will foster a learning environment in which you will learn from each other’s experiences and opinions. In addition to that, you will practice using the project management jargon and express your opinions in a professional manner. The options available in this discussion have ethical considerations that are important to consider as a project manager.
Outsourcing is a common practice in business, and it may be an option for a project you are responsible for managing. Understanding the considerations necessary for making the best decision for a project is essential to a successful project.
Respond to the following:
A project you are managing has a supply-chain issue. You are not able to continue utilizing a primary vendor. Select a product that would be essential to a project and identify the pros and cons of outsourcing an element of the project. What are the pros and cons of outsourcing? What could you do to minimize the negative effects?
Identify at least one element for each of the six outsourcing considerations in your answer.
Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. It is recommended that you write your post in a document first. Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to make your initial post, click on the “Reply”. Then copy/paste the text into the message field, and click “Post Reply.”
This activity is all about you. Let’s talk about your learning. The purpose of the reflection is for you to engage in metacognition. Metacognition is a high-level learning skill that we want to help you develop.
Reflect on what you learned, how you learned, and who/what you interacted with on the road to mastery of the course outcomes and your personal goals.
The following are things to think about:
Did you achieve your goals for the course?
What information from the course did you find helpful?
How will you use the information?
Share what interactions, resources, and activities helped you to meet the goals, and how they helped. Include links and images to these experiences.
Also, what challenged you? What are you grappling with? Did you have an ‘Aha’ moment?
This discussion will be graded using the discussion board rubric. Please review this rubric, located on the Rubrics page within the Start Here module of the course, prior to beginning your work to ensure your participation meets the criteria in place for this discussion. All discussions combined are worth 15% of your final course grade.