A single-line-of-command organization is whereby individual report addresses their concerns
by addressing them to a senior manager of a particular section or department. The manager in
such organization does as directed by the supervisor. Employees used to such structures find it
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difficult to work with more bosses at a time because; decisions are delayed, as it requires more
time and negotiations.
In this situation, Jim should negotiate with the functional team manager to make the two-team
members available at the right time and if the negotiation fails, then he will have to work with
the available members later. This is because, hurrying the project to solicit the service of the
team members will be a risk to the project as it may not be handled well. Therefore, I would
rather he use other members who will also be having skills in the areas to handle the tasks in the
7 th or 8 th or 9 th month.
I do believe that the name of the project manager should not be the first on the paper credit and
as well; the project engineer should not be the one to write the paper but rather should help him
with a draft. It is the responsibility of the project manager to write a final paper that should be
presented to the technical committee.
This relates to Maslow’s hierarchy of need because, they are worried about their physiological
needs such as food and clothing. They must therefore look for another alternative that will enable
them achieve this. They are also insecure as the job is ending. The project manager should
therefore, assures them that they are secure and that there will be another project to do. They
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should also be well paid o be able to cater for their needs even if they are not going to have
another immediate project.
To ensure that the engineer works well with other members, as a project manager, I will make
him through negotiation to understand the policy of an organization at his time of employment.
He will also be told the importance of working as teamwork. In case the engineer persists in
working as a loner, I will not fire him immediately but will try to talk to him and as well assess
his performance. If he performs well without affecting the functions and operations of the team
and the organization, he will not be fired, but given more time to learn to work with others.
In this situation, Alice should just comply with this situation. To me, it is not a bad situation
because, the most important thing is to handle the project and finish it as required. Other things
concerning the project do not hold water. I would therefore, prefer this style of management
because, it is straight to the point and will ensure that projects are finished in the right time.
It is possible for a project manager to improve his time management skills. Time is a valuable
resources and it requires proper planning. A good manager must have these skills to be able to
handle his or her responsibilities well (Pothukuchi, 2008). A project manager that has time
management skills will have time for his employees or team members and this will allow him o
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understand their needs and therefore be in a position to devise various strategies to motivate
them. Therefore, it is good skill and managers ought to have it.
Pothukuchi, B. (2008). Personality-Time Management Skills Relationship. ICFAI Journal of
Organizational Behavior, 7(1): 57-61.