Outcomes addressed in this activity
Demonstrate organizational skills through the creation of a “living document” RACI chart.
Analyze the dimensions of a decision.
Explain the Naturalistic decision-making approach.
IT402-3: Develop skills for negotiation, decision-making, and other people-related processes within IT consulting.
Assignment instructions and requirements
Prepare an APA-formatted paper with the following content. Your Assignment does not require an abstract page, but does require a cover page and separate reference page. Consider using the template provided in Doc Sharing.
Part 1: Managing people – the RACI Chart
This part of the Assignment is connected to the ideas shared in Discussion No. 1 this week. There is a new company that needs quite a bit of technology help as they set up business selling tractor parts. For this week’s Assignment, choose the option below that suits your expertise best:
Web: You have been hired to build their website. So far, the team consists of the following people in addition to you (as consultant): an HTML-CSS design expert, a database and PHP expert, and a content expert.
Network: You have been hired to develop their office network. So far, the team consists of the following people in addition to you (as consultant): an infrastructure architect, an installation expert, and a software expert.
Software: You have been hired to create a program that tracks deliveries. So far, the team consists of the following people in addition to you (as consultant): a programming expert, an interface design expert, and a database administrator.
Database: You have been hired to create the company database. So far, the team consists of the following people in addition to you (as consultant): an SQL expert, an interface design expert, and a migration expert.
Choose just one of the scenario options above.
Provide an appropriate paper subheading.
Write an introductory statement to this section before presenting your RACI chart. Do not simply say you “chose scenario no. 3” – write as if the reader is unaware of the Assignment instructions.
Develop a RACI chart for the project.
Imitate the formatting of the chart shown in the Reading PDF and the video tutorial, not the one in the textbook.
Include conditional formatting to color-code R, A, C, and I.
Embed (do not link) the Excel chart into your Word document.
Level of detail required:
There must be at least 12 tasks.
Your team must have at least five people – those listed above plus two more. You can get ideas from the discussion board for additional team members.
Do not use templates or sources for this part of the Assignment; this is to be developed from your understanding of RACI charts from the textbook reading and the Reading resource document.
Part 2: Analyzing a Decision
This part is not related to the previous scenario.
After reading the assigned textbook chapters (in particular, “dimensions of a decision” in Chapter 10), explain a decision you made in the past or one made in your workplace. If possible, focus on a decision made about a technical issue.
Provide an appropriate paper subheading.
Explain the dimensions of this decision using the following list, with each presented in its own separate paragraph. Where appropriate, include comments about effectiveness or ramifications of actions taken.
The decision’s significance
The people involved in the decision
Justification of the decision
Method(s) of informing others of the decision
Minimum wording for this part of the Assignment is 120 words.
Part 3: Research and interpretation
This is also an independent part, not related to other parts of the Assignment.
The textbook recommends the Naturalistic decision-making approach. Perform research on the Internet and find a suitable article that either explains this approach, promotes its value, or compares it to other approaches.
Provide an appropriate paper subheading
Identify the article, and then summarize it. Include an in-text citation to identify the summary’s source.
In a separate paragraph, provide your own interpretation of the value of this approach.
Minimum wording for this part of the Assignment is 90 words.
Include a Reference page with an APA-formatted entry for the source you used in Part 3 above.