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1. Who is normally involved in making project decisions?
Both project stakeholders and project team members, depending upon the decision.
All project decisions are made by the Project Leader and project team members.
The Project Leader is responsible for all project decisions.
2. Under what conditions would a Project Leader make a project decision without consulting any stakeholder or team member?
The Project Leader should never make a decision without consulting with team members or stakeholders.
A decision that must be made immediately, the Project Leader has not time to consult with team members or stakeholders.
The Project Leader is responsible for the project success. The Project Leader makes all decisions and only consults with others when required by standards or procedures.
3. What are some of the attributes that a good project decision making process will ensure are always followed?
Focus on goals, uses available data, and is compatible with project and organizational constraints.
Includes and ROI calculation, is documented in project files, and leads to consensus decisions.
Considers project risk implications, prevents scope change, and is considered to be a “reasonable” process.
4. What should a project team do if a decision is required in order for the project to remain on schedule, but there is no data available to support what the decision should be, although all the team members and stakeholders are in agreement concerning which option they feel is the best one?
Make the decision based upon the opinion of the stakeholders and team members, but ensure that there is a follow-up task to validate that decision with data.
Do not make a decision until data is available. Delay the project schedule while conducting data collection activities.
Trust the stakeholders and team members. Make the decision, move on, and don’t look back.
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