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Scordo Q - HR Mgmt

Postby celina Thu May 21, 2015 3:14 am

Q: A project has several teams. Team C has repeatedly missed deadlines in the past. This has caused team D to have to crash the critical path several times. As the team leader for team D, you receive word that the next deadline may also be missed. You should meet with the:
a. Project Manager alone
b. Project manager and Management
c. Manager of Team D
d. Project Manager and the leader of team C

Ans: c Query: I went with option a - in a conflicting situation the team members should try to resolve initially if its between them. But here critical path was changed few times and as the PM is driving the project wouldnt the Team leader of team D approach PM instead of talking to the Team leader of Team C ?
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Re: Scordo Q - HR Mgmt

Postby abhimanyuk Thu May 21, 2015 4:24 am

In my view, the right answer should be D.

Ideally both involved party should resolve the conflict, but since there has been many changes in critical path and the upcoming deadline may also be missed, this should be discussed with other team leader along with the Project Manager and try to find out the root cause and the solution.
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Re: Scordo Q - HR Mgmt

Postby pank_pmp Thu May 21, 2015 4:58 am

D it should be. Since the deadlines have been many times in past and going to repeat yet again. So meeting with Team C leader do not make sense, which means resolving issues with in the teams itself is lost gone.

Meeting with PM and leader of Team C make sense here to discuss why this is again and again or what is a possible resolution.

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Re: Scordo Q - HR Mgmt

Postby manishpn Thu May 21, 2015 5:37 am

Remember Most of questions asks you what to do first or whats the best to do first.

' As the team leader for team D, you receive word that the next deadline may also be missed' You have not got formal communication that it will be missed for sure.
First thing is to meet with Project manager from team D to understand if there will indeed be schedule overrun from his/her team before formally escalating to PM.

Again it also depends on how the hierarchy and governance structure in program/project is defined but that information is not provided in the question
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Re: Scordo Q - HR Mgmt

Postby coolpmp69 Thu May 21, 2015 1:33 pm

I agree with Manishpn. As a lead of team D, you need to inform the status to your manager first. Assuming this is in case of matrix org, manager of team C and D can then meet and sort the problems for the repeated delays of team C.
As mentioned in Rita, if the org type is not given in the question then assume the org type to be matrix type and answer them.
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Re: Scordo Q - HR Mgmt

Postby manishpn Thu May 21, 2015 6:40 pm

Hi again,

this question isnt related to type of organization. Matrix or otherwise does not matter for this question scenario.

Manager of Team C is still a team lead within project and not functional/line manager in organization.

I hope you understand the difference.

Type if project organization will influence, project team acquisition, release of resource and or if there are any performance issue of one of the team member which PM needs to take care.

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Re: Scordo Q - HR Mgmt

Postby AM1969 Fri May 22, 2015 12:04 am

This question is also available in HR management from Rita Mulcahy.
Answer given is D( both project manager and team leader C)
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Re: Scordo Q - HR Mgmt

Postby manishpn Fri May 22, 2015 8:13 am

Question in Rita and the one posted here have different text but similar situation.


Unless there is formal confirmation of Delay there is no need to meet Project manager specifically for this issue.

Ritas question describes that to resolve a perennial problem and not a issue with delay w.r.t specific deadline.


Understand the difference between 2 questions
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Re: Scordo Q - HR Mgmt

Postby AM1969 Fri May 22, 2015 1:47 pm

question is same with wordings ,context and content. only difference is the answer
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Re: Scordo Q - HR Mgmt

Postby manishpn Sat May 23, 2015 10:09 am

I cannot explain you beyond that, the situation is not exactly same in both the questions is different ,,
This is precisely a type of situational question where lack of practical experience creates confusion.
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Re: Scordo Q - HR Mgmt

Postby seebabhatia Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:46 am

A project has several teams. Team C has repeatedly missed deadlines in the past. This has caused team D to have to crash the critical path several times. As the team leader for team D, you should meet with:
a) the leader of team C
b) the project manager
c) the project manager and management
d) the project manager and the leader of team C

rita says the correct answer is d. the explanation says that crashing already indicates that team D fulfilled its initial responsibility to resolve the situation. however, the question doesn't indicate that team d lead talked directly to team c. Now that I'm thinking about it, crashing takes extra resources so most likely a change request may have been initiated. as a change request can come any stakeholder, the pm may not have initiated the change request. thus, i guess this is why the problem was escalated to include the pm and leader of team C due to the importance and intensity of conflict (money and resources went into crashing several times and still the problem hasn't been resolved). am i right in my thinking?
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Re: Scordo Q - HR Mgmt

Postby seebabhatia Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:30 am

Here is another similar question in which the stakeholder has to initiate the change request that is similar to the above:

A large project is underway when one of the team members reviews the project status report. He sees the project is currently running late. As he looks at the report further, he notices the delay will cause one of his activities to be scheduled during a time he will be out of the country and will be unable to work on the activity. This is of great concern to the team member because he is committed to the success of the project and does not want to be the cause of the project being further delayed. What is the best thing for him to do?
a) contact the project manager immediately to provide the project manager with his schedule
b) include the information in his next report
c) request that the issue be added to the project issue log
d) recommend preventive action

the correct answer is d

both questions somehow assume that the stakeholder should take responsibility and initiate a change request before escalating to project manager
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Re: Scordo Q - HR Mgmt

Postby seebabhatia Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:59 pm

saket's reply: the best option is lead of team d. then the next best option is project manager and lead of team d. then the third best option is the project manager.

this is a faulty question. it should be put to sleep.

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