Working as a team is valuable experience; however, there are many times that we will, individually, be responsible for a product.
Review the case below. After reviewing the case, utilize the prompts that are included. Write a memo to your instructor addressing the prompts, utilizing correct memo format.
Waith Manufacturing Company’s data processing department was preparing to implement a new computerized production information system at its new Madison plant. The project was divided into two parts. One consisted of the installation of a new computer network at the plant and the development of new database programs. The second involved hooking the plant’s network into the company intranet so all departments had access to the production reports.
Alonzo Mendoza was the systems analyst responsible for the development and implementation of the project. Janet DeLaura was a lead programmer under Mendoza working on the plant side of the project. Bill Synge was the other lead programmer responsible for the intranet. Mendoza scheduled a series of weekly status meetings with DeLaura and Synge to ensure the project was moving along as scheduled and to allow for discussion of critical problems. One month before the scheduled implementation of the project, Mendoza called a special meeting to develop the actual series of tasks needed for the final system conversion. During this meeting, Mendoza outlined the major tasks concerning the whole project that had to be done on that last day.
He then solicited input from DeLaura and Synge. DeLaura spoke up immediately and began talking about several new problems that had surfaced on her side of the project. Mendoza interrupted her, saying those problems would be discussed at the regular status meeting, since this meeting had been called to develop final conversion tasks only. DeLaura became irritated and was silent for a few minutes. Synge said he had a few items to add to the conversion list and covered the first two tasks. Then he said the last task covered reminded him of a current problem he had in the interface program. Mendoza replied brusquely that only conversion tasks would be discussed at this meeting. Neither DeLaura nor Synge had much to say during the rest of the meeting.
- What would you have done to keep the meeting on the right topic?
- What technique might Mendoza have used to avoid interfering with the flow of ideas?
- What might DeLaura and Synge have done to improve communications?
Professional Memo: 400+ words.
Memo Format pp. 240-241, 243 in textbook
To locate memo format/templates, open a word doc, click “new” and in the search, write “memo.” This will pull up several templates. Please note that they have a slightly different design, but the basics of the memo is standard and one that all managers must know.
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