As the project manager, you must do the following:
Part A
As the project manager chosen by the CEO to address and rectify this crisis, you are granted the following authority:
• You have the ability to act as the CEO’s deputy. This fact is known throughout the company based on a top management meeting with the CEO.
• The whole company understands that this is a full-time project manager position.
As the project manager, respond to the following questions:
• In your opinion, what will be the greatest opportunity and the greatest challenge that you will face in relation to planning and executing an ongoing solution to the company’s staffing dilemma?
• In developing a plan to be presented to top management, in your opinion, what factors should you consider in terms of the costs, scope, quality, and risk issues associated with your proposal for dealing with this crisis?

Part B
As the project manager, you must do the following:
• Develop a list of 10 questions that will be asked of the executive director of research and development and the executive director of sales in a joint interview.
• Provide the CEO with your strategy for dealing with this conflict between the two executive directors. In doing so, you are to address the following:
o Which communication techniques will you rely on to resolve potential disputes between these two directors?
o How will you plan this critical meeting between yourself and the department heads? What will be the agenda for the meeting? Provide an outline.
o In executing and providing closure for the joint, voluntary, and crucially important participation of these two executive directors, which specific goals will you attempt to gain joint agreement upon?
o How will you measure whether and/or the degree to which these goals have been reached?

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