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Historical demand for the number of doctors on night shift in a local hospital is:

Week Doctors
1 45
2 48
3 44
4 36
5 48
6 30
Forecast the number of doctors in week 7 by applying each of the following methods:

a. 4-period simple moving average method

b. 3-period weighted moving average method with weights 2,4,and 6

c. an exponential smoothing method with alpha = 0.4

The problem is as follows:

You are introduced to a project manager, who does not have authority to give a pay raise or promote a project team member. This project manager can report poor performance of a team member to the employee’s manager. The project manager also does not control the budget. Product management allocates the budget. Given this context, what can this project manager do to energize the project team? Use the Internet to support your answers.

I HAVE SEEN A SOLUTION FOR THIS PROBLEM IN THE “SOLUTION LIBRARY”, BUT I WANT TO GET ANOTHER TAKE ON THIS QUESTION.

I HAVE ALREADY STARTED AND IT IS ATTACHED BELLOW JUST ADD 3 TO 4 PARAGRAPHS. THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG ANSWER.

PLEASE CITE YOUR SOURCES AND THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

In the past you created a work breakdown structure for the entire CRM system implementation. You also elaborated on that structure and identified more details for one of the deliverables. In the past you also created a schedule for the training deliverables. You also identified the skills you needed for a team. Now, as a team, you will create a fully leveled schedule for the entire project (CRM implementation, marketing program, and training). The schedule should be created in Microsoft Project. you will first need to define the following:

*set-up of Microsoft Project (including how you will work on the file individually and jointly)
*phases
*deliverables from each phase
*milestones in each phase
*skills required for each team
*resources available to the project with the given skills
*availability of each resource to the project (doesn’t forget about vacations, *training, holidays, etc.)

Make sure you document the resource descriptions (skills and availability) in a simple format for the instructor.

Then,as a team, divide the project schedule into sections. Do NOT divide the resources/assign them to be used by only one team member. As individual team members (example: Team member A, B, etc.) complete the schedule for the assigned section.

*Provide more detail by defining the tasks.
*Assign dependencies among tasks, including lead and lag time.
*Assign resources to tasks based on the skills and availability defined by the team.
*Level each team members of the project.
*Conduct a PERT analysis for on

Costing the Project

The project is progressing well, and you have now been asked if there is enough time and budget to create and distribute a new marketing mailing. This mailing will be focused on a new international marketplace, so the existing materials cannot be used “as is.” The materials will need to be translated (external resource), have different graphics applied, and use different colors. The cost for mailing internationally is twice the cost of the domestic mailing, and the volume is 200,000-250,000 addresses. A mailing list will be purchased for this mailing since it is a new market for the company.

You need to determine the costs of this mailing (internal and external). You also need to determine the resource requirements and identify any conflicts. Jennifer and you have a working session later this week to pull together the information. In preparation for the meeting, create a worksheet (in Excel or other spreadsheet tool) that you can use to create the budget for the new mailing. Pre-populate the worksheet with the components of the estimate and provide directions to Jennifer in a procedures document (in Word) on how to create a three-point estimate for the resulting budget. Be sure to also include the internal costs. Also create a schedule that identifies the deliverables, activities, and resources to produce this mailing. Using the project schedule you created as a group, identify the resources you will use and what conflicts that may create (in Word). Justify your choices.