When planning a project there are many variables to consider. The first thing for consideration is whether or not the project calls for a project plan. Project plans take time and money to draft and execute, yet this depends on the scope and size of the project. Therefore, this paper seeks to address such variables and the decision-making involved accordingly.
Having reviewed the Rosenwinkel article about projects, project variables, and project people, I have gained an understanding as to how important project planning is. There are many variables to consider up front and decisions to make that are both cost and time effective. However, not every project needs a plan, yet this all depends on the size and scope of the project, and the people involved.
[...] The less prepared someone was for their interview the more we were faced with time management issues. This cut into our the second variable of our relative time frame for completing the project, because if we were late for a court session, or late interviewing a judge before a court session, we weren't allowed in the courtroom. We had two cameras that needed to capture the beginning and end of the court session. If we were late, we had to wait and film during the next drug court session the following week, which could have pushed us back two weeks. [...]
[...] As this relates to the article but on a much smaller scale, I was a team player and didn't own the project, yet had heavy experience and skills according to what the video project they wanted to have done in two months. These are the two people variables as Rosenwinkel (1995) explains them. In reference to my though small, I didn't write up a plan. The objectives were simple, and all boiled down to time management and scheduling, the rest (editing) would be done in post production. Regarding the project variables, the expectations were not clearly defined or stable, and but there was a stable environment from location to location. [...]
[...] (1995). Project plans in the new world. Journal of Systems Management. Cleveland:Mar/Apr 1995. Vol Iss p pp.). [...]
[...] Therefore, I would certainly change the management of the project based on the items in the article. In making changes on the next similar project, I would hire a more experienced and professional camera man. The locations we filmed at/in were small enough to where one camera man could film from different areas in the room, covering various angles for set periods of time. Also, instead of hiring a second camera man, I would hire a personal assistant to help communicate with the program coordinator and the interviewees', so the camera man and I could focus more on the shoot and be kept up to speed on schedule changes and time limits. [...]
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