Put yourself in the role of a project manager collaborating with MTD, an events company.

Considering the difficulties and problems that MTD encounters in their projects, what insights have you gained this week that could offer assistance?

If an iterative approach were employed in organizing an event as a project, what would be the consequences? Similarly, what are the implications of adopting an agile approach? If the company sought your advice, what would you recommend?

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  1. Base on what I’ve learnt so far I recommend iterative approach, due to uncertainty in event that linear approach can’t handle.

    You need to know what customer wants and how to control changes in event scene

  2. If the business came to me for guidance on how to organize an event like a project, I would suggest using an agile methodology. Agile approaches offer a framework for effectively managing complexity, encouraging teamwork, and adjusting to changes.

    By segmenting the event into more manageable chunks and making adjustments in response to feedback, the team can increase the pace of value delivery, preserve flexibility, and continuously enhance the caliber of the event. Furthermore, the dynamic and complex nature of event planning is perfectly matched with the agile approaches’ emphasis on cooperation and communication.

  3. Implications of an Iterative Approach:

    Taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project involves incremental planning and execution. Each phase is revisited and refined as needed. Implications include:

    Flexibility: Iterative methods allow for adjustments based on feedback and changing requirements, accommodating unforeseen challenges or opportunities.

    Enhanced Adaptability The team can adapt to evolving circumstances, refining elements of the event progressively rather than adhering strictly to a predefined plan.

    Feedback Integratio: Regular reviews facilitate the incorporation of stakeholder feedback, ensuring the event aligns closely with expectations.

    Implications of an Agile Approach:

    An Agile approach, often associated with software development but adaptable to various projects, emphasizes collaboration, adaptability, and customer satisfaction. For setting up an event:

    Continuous Collaboration: Agile promotes constant communication and collaboration among team members, fostering a dynamic and responsive work environment.

    For MTD, considering the nature of event management, a blend of both approaches could be beneficial:

    Hybrid Approach: Incorporate an iterative model for detailed planning phases while embracing Agile principles during execution. This enables thorough groundwork while maintaining adaptability.

    Frequent Stakeholder Involvement: Engage stakeholders regularly to gather feedback and insights, ensuring the event aligns with their expectations and can be adjusted as needed.

    Continuous Improvemen: Adopt a mindset of continuous improvement. Post-event evaluations should not just focus on what went well or wrong but on how the planning and execution processes can be enhanced for future events.

  4. Working with MTD on an event as a project manager – a large sporting event as a case study; iterative approach is a better choice as the scope of the project towards the success of the event is ‘likely’ to change coupled with fact that, the feedback from the host environment is needed to validate the ideas for proper planning.

  5. Over the week, I learnt about efficient communication with clients, sponsors/stakeholders and their total engagement in project management. As a Project manager for MTD events, I will adopt the iterative approach to implement the project plan. This will enable me to have prepared plans, and receive feedback that will help to build on the right solution within a short period and then adjust based on the client’s preference and changing environment. This will bring about a successful event outcome. Also, adapting the agile approach will enable MTD to respond to change quickly, make a priority list based on their client value and deliver a successful result within the period of planning for the event. Their flexibility will help to bring satisfaction to their stakeholders and be well prepared for the future unpredicted and unexpected circumstances that is continuous improvement.

  6. As a project manager working with MTD I would use the iterative approach because it gives room for update (changes) as the projesct is ongoing within 2-4 weeks and priortize important task.

  7. This week, I learned about the importance of stakeholder engagement and communication in project management, which could greatly benefit MTD. Ensuring clear and frequent communication with clients, vendors, and team members can help address challenges and prevent misunderstandings.

    Implementing an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project would allow MTD to gather feedback early and often, making adjustments along the way based on client preferences and changing requirements. This could lead to a more tailored and successful event outcome.

    Similarly, adopting an agile approach would enable MTD to respond quickly to changes, prioritize tasks based on client value, and deliver incremental results throughout the event planning process. This flexibility could lead to higher client satisfaction and better adaptation to unforeseen circumstances.

  8. While there are challenges associated with adopting Agile principles, the benefits can be significant, including faster time to market, improved quality, increased collaboration, and greater flexibility.

    1. As a project manager working with MTD I would use the iterative approach because it flexible enough to make corrections and changes.

      1. The iterative approach works well as it can solve the issue of volatility and uncertainty that comes in handling a project

  9. as a project manager for MTD I will employ the iterative method while handling projects because this gives room for easy adjustments, corrections and reforming and it imposes less risk.
    the agile approach in this instance helps to tackle unforeseen or unexpected occurrences in the course of the project

  10. The iterative process is a practical building, improving and refunding a project.Employing the iterative management approaches in MTD would be effective as it supports flexibility and adaptability to the VUCA methodology.

  11. The iterative process is the practice of building, refining, and improving a project, product, or initiative. Teams that use the iterative development process create, test, and revise until they’re satisfied with the end result. You can think of an iterative process as a trial-and-error methodology that brings your project closer to its end goal.

    The process; Waterfall is the most common non-iterative process. In the waterfall model, you and your team will define project phases before the project starts. Each phase begins once a previous phase is completed in its entirety. Requirements and resources will typically be locked before a project begins, and the team avoids changing the project plan as much as possible.

  12. Employing iterative management approaches in MTD operations would be effective as it support flexibility and adaptability to the VUCA environment.

  13. As a hypothetical PM involved with MDT, I would employ the iterative method to carry out my company’s prerogatives, and weigh all challenges using the VUCA method.

  14. Implications of an Iterative Approach:

    Taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project involves incremental planning and execution. Each phase is revisited and refined as needed. Implications include:

    Flexibility: Iterative methods allow for adjustments based on feedback and changing requirements, accommodating unforeseen challenges or opportunities.

    Enhanced Adaptability The team can adapt to evolving circumstances, refining elements of the event progressively rather than adhering strictly to a predefined plan.

    Feedback Integratio: Regular reviews facilitate the incorporation of stakeholder feedback, ensuring the event aligns closely with expectations.

    Implications of an Agile Approach:

    An Agile approach, often associated with software development but adaptable to various projects, emphasizes collaboration, adaptability, and customer satisfaction. For setting up an event:

    Continuous Collaboration: Agile promotes constant communication and collaboration among team members, fostering a dynamic and responsive work environment.

    For MTD, considering the nature of event management, a blend of both approaches could be beneficial:

    Hybrid Approach: Incorporate an iterative model for detailed planning phases while embracing Agile principles during execution. This enables thorough groundwork while maintaining adaptability.

    Frequent Stakeholder Involvement: Engage stakeholders regularly to gather feedback and insights, ensuring the event aligns with their expectations and can be adjusted as needed.

    Continuous Improvemen: Adopt a mindset of continuous improvement. Post-event evaluations should not just focus on what went well or wrong but on how the planning and execution processes can be enhanced for future events.

  15. If an iterative approach were employed in organizing an event as a project, the consequences would be:
    -System architecture problems can arise because all the requirements are not gathered upfront.
    -It is more resource-intensive than the waterfall model.
    -Risk analysis requires highly qualified specialists to check the risks in our system.
    -The whole process is difficult to manage.

    Implications of adopting an agile approach:
    -More time and commitment
    -Less predictable
    -Lack of necessary documentation
    -Projects easily fall off track
    -Greater demands on developers and clients

    I would recommend the Agile approach because it ensures that development teams complete projects on time and within budget and also helps reduce risk associated with complex projects.

  16. an unpredictable work that can come with a lot of uncertainty and to a certain extent the work can also be done by following some set down plans that allows each phase of work to be completed before moving on to the next phase. I will adopt both linear and iterative methods as both will work out depending on the issues faced.

    Both method allows for delivering of project output.
    It also allows for ideas testing and deep learning about user requirements.

    I’ll advise that we can collaborate both method to ease our landing point and project completion.

    Praise Olubanwo.
    Cohort 13, Group 10.

  17. As the project manager working with MTD I would have adopted hybrid method this so because I’ll apply the strength of iterative and that of agile thereby minimizing their weaknesses

    The implications of taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project will be that the project manager cannot plan out various aspects of the projects but rather have certain aspects met on a set periodical basis, say every two days

    Haruna Abdulazeez
    cohort 13
    Group 7

  18. The implications of taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project will be that the project manager cannot plan out various aspects of the projects but rather have certain aspects met on a set periodical basis, say every two weeks. Another implication is that the Project sponsor will not be able to oversee each phase of the project but rather play a leadership role and be given updates in longer periods of time. Same goes for the stakeholders.
    The implications of an agile approach is that the project manager, sponsor, and stakeholders can plan and envisage the tasks or eliverables from the onset until the final deployment and end phase of the project. Another implication is that the project teams will implement every aspect of the projects for a longer period until completion, unlike the agile approach which would employ mini implementation for shorter periods and ROI.
    I will advise MTD to employ both agile and iterative methods in its event projects to properly harness the advantages of both approaches.

  19. Oluwafunmike Dare
    PM TEAM 5
    {COHORT 13}
    As a project manager working on MTD project, I will look out for the viable approach that has been adopted in previous projects, it seems to be expected risks that is often encountered during projects, I will the put into consideration hybrid approach wherever it is required at any phase.

  20. As a project manager working with MTD. I will adopt the iterative method, given that the project is unstable and unpredictable. An iterative approach will give room for flexibility and adaptability.

  21. Considering the uncertainties embedded in projects being executed by MTD, assuming I am a Project Manager working on one of their projects, I’d prefer to employ a hybrid approach for obvious reasons.
    I believe being flexible is key to successfully delivering on such projects

  22. Oliyide Oluwatobi
    Cohort 13
    Team 10

    Our times are characterised by vulnerability and complexity, driven by eccentric, troublesome changes within the economy, legislative issues, innovation, environment and society.

    Few associations are protected from the impacts of this instability. As a result, numerous are abandoning long- term vital arranging in yearly cycles, and instep receiving nonstop, energetic procedures.

    Venture administration is changing, too. Linear approaches are not reasonable in all circumstances.

    As a Project manager, I learn to be versatile and adaptable, I need to build my own toolkit of proven methods and techniques suitable for the circumstances am dealing with knowing fully how to use them to get the best result for effective output

  23. I will apply the iterative approach cos of the following;

    1. Flexibility: this allows for flexibility and adaptability during the planning and execution of the event. Changes can be incorporated based on feedback and evolving requirements.
    2. Continuous Improvement: this processes will enable continuous improvement as each iteration builds upon the lessons learned from the previous ones.
    3. Risk Mitigation: By addressing challenges early in the process, this approach will enable me mitigate risks and reduces the likelihood of major issues arising later.

  24. Working with the MTD as one if the project managers and Considering the difficulties and problems that MTD encounters in their projects, i will suggest the iterative method because of it flexibility and possible development strategy that involves a cyclical process, helping for easy taking of disition when any problem is encounter. Similarly,the implications of adopting an agile approach will facilitate and allow for quick identification of problems with the project and solution is proffered, and the project is a success.

  25. Assume I work in MTD, it’s factual that the structure of the job is very unpredictable and often comes with a significant level of uncertainty or unforeseen changes.

    Therefore, to successfully sail through this hurdle of uncertainties, I would express the usage of both the linear and the iterative method of project management, thereby reducing the possible limitations available and leading to a more successful project delivery success

    1. As a project manager, I would advice for iterative approach of project management. This is because, the method gives room for changes and flexibility. It carries everyone along and everyone including stakeholders will at some points get to know the progress and challenges of the project.

      With this, i will easily detect the challengs ahead and find solution to it immediately.

      Iterative method gives room for suggestions and contributions from project team.

  26. As a project manager working with MTD, I will apply the iteractive approach because of the potential and unforeseen risks that could affect the project. Surely there will be lots of ups and downs and I believe they should be taken care of bits by bits also. Agile approach would make the risks be attended to quicker and easier than making everything complicated after loads of mistakes.

  27. If I am working with mtd as a project manager, after what I have learnt this week I’ll certainly know that the work with MTD is an unpredictable work that can come with a lot of uncertainty and to a certain extent the work can also be done by following some set down plans that allows each phase of work to be completed before moving on to the next phase. I will adopt both linear and iterative methods as both will work out depending on the issues faced.

    Both method allows for delivering of project output.
    It also allows for ideas testing and deep learning about user requirements.

    I’ll advise that we can collaborate both method to ease our landing point and project completion

  28. I’ll employ the iterative method for the project due to its inherent instability, enabling flexibility in accommodating changes from vendors, sponsors, or the environment.
    The agile approach facilitates swift problem identification and efficient resolution, optimizing time and resources.

  29. from the lessons of this week, i have come to undersand that the type of environment determines the approach one adopts to acheive a successful project.
    in the case of working with MTD, i would adopt an iterative approach considering it is not a simple task of just supplying water. we have to consider the environment and social behaviour of the end users.
    the implication of working iteratively helps the fact that at every phase of water movement to different loactions of the venue, you and the team are able to acess the situations at the receiving ends and determine which is not operating at said pressure/temperatue/volume and changes at made at those ends immediately than waiting for the completion of the project before changes are effected.

    implications of an agile approach to this project are as follows:
    1. immediate feedback and changes are carried out without waiting at the end of the project which might be waste of time.
    2. there is room for learning developing new skills as a team member.
    3. acceleartes the delivery of project outcomes.

    my advice to the company would be to prepare for any unexpected feedback and be ready to solve the problems posed by that feedback.

  30. As a project manager with MTD, I will adapt the iterative method approach because such project is unstable hence, prone to changes. Iterative method allows me as a PM to be flexible as well as adaptive to whatever changes from vendors, sponsors or environment.
    Agile method gives room for quick identification of problems with the project and solution is proffered, saving time and resources.

  31. I am working with MTD as a Project Manager by assumptions, firstly, I will have it in mind that events in the industry are mostly dynamic and unpredictable. Therefore, an iterative approach to Project Management would be highly recommended which creates room for adaptability and flexibility in the course of the Project.

  32. Assuming I am working with MTD as a Project Manager, I would first and foremost have it at the back of my mind that events in the industry are dynamic and most times unpredictable. Therefore, an iterative approach to Project Management would be highly recommended to give room for adaptability and flexibility in the course of managing the Project.

  33. With what i’ve learned soo far, there are different approaches to resolve and tackle project especially the one I will be focusing on here which is the MTD that supplies water.
    With the volume of water they handle we can come to a conclusion that it’s a bring project which will require the hybrid approach not just linear but both the linear and iterative approach.
    This approaches allows for testing ideas and learning about user requirements.
    It provides assurance to sponsors and stake holders from which will help the MTD a lot
    It accelerates delivery of project outputs.

  34. As a project manager working with a company like MTD, I would recognize that the events industry is very dynamic and often unpredictable. As such, I would recommend an iterative approach to project management, which would allow for flexibility and adaptability.

    1. As a project manager for MTD, I will adopt the iryeritive approach. This will enable us develop prototype on how to deliver the water. It will also help us get feedback from stakeholders. they’ll have a clear picture of of how intend to deliver on the project (transparency) and also present them the opportunity to make observations for possible adjustment in the scope of the project.

  35. Being a PM for MTD, I would adopt the hybrid approach because it will help with sticking to available budget and maintain execution timelines. This approach will also help with focusing on improvements by allowing iterations. With this approach, teams will be kept motivated by using an approach that fits the team and the project style. Team members are also seen to have the most innovative outcomes through combination of planning, emergence and collaborations.

  36. Akinmoye Segun Wilson cohort 13, team 2

    From what I have learned so far on different approaches to tackle a project and with the volume of work to be done on the MTD water project, i will approach the project using Hybrid method, because there is a need to combine both linear and iterative approach which enable us test ideas and have a well structured plan and also accelerate delivery of project output, and also give room for dialogue and feedback.

    The consequences of using iterative approach in a project are :
    1. It might require a lot of resources due to change in design
    2. Feedback from environment is needed to validate business ideas and inform investment decision and planning
    3. Responding to change over following a plan
    4. Speed of delivery is more important than product completeness.

    Implications of applying Agile methods
    1.Transparency: Giving visibility to the significant aspect of the process to those responsible for the outcome.
    2. Inspection: Timely checks on the progress, forward a sprint goal to the deflect undesirable variances.
    3. ADAPTATION
    4. Maintain simplicity
    5. Customer collaboration over contract negotiations.

  37. As an MTD Project Manager, I would adopt the hybrid approach to deliver the project , that is a combination of both linear and Iterative project approaches.
    This will allow me have detailed planning planning , specifications, project, risk mitigation, interaction with both the project team and client for feedbacks, flexibility, prepare to create mini sprint project for unforeseen and uncertain circumstances.
    The implementation of the Hybrid approach will be an intelligent approach to addressing the project.

  38. As a project manager for MTD, I would adopt the hybrid approach to project delivery, that is a combination both the linear and Iterative project approaches.
    This allows for detailed specifications, project planning, risk mitigation, interaction with both the project team and client for feedbacks, flexibility, prepare to create mini sprint project for unforeseen and uncertain circumstances.
    I would advice the use of hybrid approach to managing projects.

  39. As the Project manager walk with the hybrid approach looking at the challenges and the objectives of my company, it allows flexibility and collaboration thereby accelerating the delivery of services and satisfactory feedback from stakeholders.

  40. As the Project manager i wilk go for rhe hybrid approach looking at the challenges and the objectives of my company.it allows flexibility and collaboration thereby accelerating the delievery of services.

  41. Having studied the organization I work with, I would know what works best for them. Organization like MTD is a complex firm which I would take an hybrid approach that present a spectrum methods and practices and an extensive toolkit for me to use when facing the myraid challenges of projects in complex world.

  42. If MTD wanted my advice, I would suggest a hybrid strategy that incorporates features of both iterative and agile approaches. This would enable MTD to reap the benefits of iterative planning and execution while also adopting agile characteristics like flexibility and collaboration. Specifically, I would recommend the following steps:
    1. Break down the event planning process into iterative milestones, each focusing on key deliverables or phases of the project.
    2. Implement agile practices such as regular sprint planning sessions, daily stand-ups, and retrospective meetings to foster collaboration, adaptability, and continuous improvement.
    3. Actively seek feedback from clients and stakeholders throughout the project lifecycle, incorporating their input to refine and adjust plans as needed.
    4. Continuously monitor project progress, identify risks and issues early, and adapt plans and strategies accordingly to ensure successful event delivery.

  43. As a project manager working for MTD, I’ll use the hybrid approach I.e combining both linear and iterative approaches to enable us test ideas and learn about user requirements, and also accelerate delivery of project output.
    The consequences/implications of iterative approach in a project are:
    1: the scope is likely to change which means the environment is unstable and uncertain
    2: feedback from users is needed to validate the idea
    3:there’ll be increased visibility and transparency
    4: you’ll always have to engage the stakeholders.
    I’ll recommend the hybrid approach if the company seeks my advice

  44. Having gone through the impact of employing either linear or iterative approach, I’d opt for a hybrid approach. To successfully achieve MTD’s events projects the application of both linear or iterative approaches is key. This will help to avoid issues like scope creep i.e uncontrolled expansion of requirements and expectations on a project, give room to work on different ideas and get the necessary feedbacks, as well as, cater for any unforeseen occurrences which may arise in the course of implementing the project.

  45. As a project manager working with MTD on a project whose objective is to deliver 33,000litres of water to a filed stadium of 1,000 people, Adopting the iterative approach would enable me and the project management team to design a prototype model of how we intend to deliver the project from the early stage of the project. This will enable have a better and clear conversation with the project owners as they’ll have a clearer picture of of how intend to deliver on the project and also present them the opportunity to make observations for possible adjustment in the scope of the project.
    The Iterative approach is will also help in monitoring progress and measuring of milestones attended, by so doing saving time. Even though more resources may be deployed using the iterative approach, but it eliminates the possibility of error that may cause the abandonment of the project.

    The implication of adopting the agile approach in delivering the project comes the flexibility and freedom to make changes and also to follow the path which i believe as a project manager will be best in delivering the project. In the agile approach, it is not a one way street, as i will always try to find the best “easier way” out to deliver without compromising on the quality of the project delivery. However, the agile will come up with the challenges of developing the actual project cost and process timeframe.

    In this case, I’d recommend the mixed/hybrid model of project management as an advice as it offers the best of all project management approach.

  46. From my lesson so far this week, I have learnt that as a Project manager in an MTD project it’s being able to apply the Linear and Iterative approach through the process of the project and also to consider their strength and weaknesses.
    Implications of taking an Iterative approach to set up an event as a project can have several implications such as;
    1. Flexibility – environmental changes, change in business strategies and project scope.
    2. Continuous Feedback from users/customers is needed to validate the business ideas and inform investment decisions and planning.
    3. Enhanced Collaboration which promotes collaboration among team members, vendors, and stakeholders, fostering better communication and alignment throughout the event planning process.
    4. Speed of the process is more important than project completeness.
    5. The solution is novel and the project team needs to learn the required skills to deliver timely.
    The implications of applying an agile approach are;
    1. Sprint planning by breaking down the event planning into shorter sprints
    2. Regular reviews of the process by stakeholders and users
    3. Adaptability by adjusting to event change following a rigid plan.
    Considering the process and approach mentioned above, I would advice and recommend the company (MTD) to use a Hybrid approach.

  47. I will go with the opinion that a company like MTD, usually before the initiation of the project, and with such project on mind, the project scope and deliverables are known, i.e deliver 33,000liters of water for a field stadium for 1000 people.

    During the course of the project, they encounter some uncertainties that would require some adjustments from the team that has to do with the project scope, mode of delivery e.t.c to the volatile and unstable environment.

    Thus, a mixed approach of Linear and itinerant be deployed for an excellent delivery of the project..

  48. As a PM working with MTD company… I will prefer a combined approach because iterative methods allows continuous communication and feedback even though might require consistent meetings but there’s transparency of the situation at every point in time, meanwhile there’s no project without challenges as such This is where the agile team comes to quickly provide possible solutions for the project or event is realized successfully.

  49. As a Project Manager, I advocate for the preference of a physical launch event. This approach fosters direct interaction among all team members, facilitating meaningful dialogue and mutual understanding.

    To ensure the success of the event, several key objectives must be met:

    1. Establishing ground rules to govern the project’s duration.
    2. Gaining insight into each team member’s perception of the project’s purpose in relation to the organization’s success.
    3. Aligning individual team members’ perceived project purposes with the overarching objectives of the organization.
    4. Identifying project objectives, goals, and milestones.
    5. Consensus on tool usage, particularly communication tools, specifying responsibilities and timelines.
    6. Creating a communication matrix to streamline information flow.
    7. Defining criteria for evaluating project success and failure throughout its duration.

    Attendance should encompass all team members, project sponsors, and relevant stakeholders, with activities structured to include collaborative brainstorming sessions aimed at delineating goals, objectives, and milestones. Emphasis should be placed on the significance of these achievements in advancing the organization’s overarching objectives.

    By establishing a comprehensive framework, a unified vision can be collectively crafted, igniting enthusiasm and commitment among team members toward achieving project objectives and organizational success.

  50. I’ll agree that with a company like MTD, usually before the initiation of the project, the project scope and deliverables are known, i.e deliver 33,000liters of water for a field stadium for 1000 people.

    During the course of the project, they encounter some issues that would require the team to adjust the project scope, mode of delivery e.t.c to the volatile and unstable environment.

    I will advise that a mixed PM approach be used.

  51. As a project manager working with a company like MTD, I would recognize that the events industry is very dynamic and often unpredictable. As such, I would recommend an iterative approach to project management, which would allow for flexibility and adaptability. With an iterative approach, we would break the project down into smaller tasks and deliverables, and then complete and review these tasks in quick cycles. This would allow us to quickly respond to any challenges or changes that arise, and keep the project moving forward.
    In terms of the implications of agile vs. linear approaches, agile would allow us to be more responsive to changes, while linear would
    In terms of specific implications, an agile approach could allow us to better align with the needs of our clients, as their needs and requirements may change throughout the project. However, it could also lead to scope creep and a lack of focus on the overall objective. A linear approach could help us to stay on schedule and on budget, but it could also be inflexible and difficult to adapt to changing circumstances.
    Ultimately, I would advise MTD to take a hybrid approach, combining the best aspects of both agile and linear project management. This would allow us to be responsive and flexible, while still keeping the project on track.
    To further explain this hybrid approach, we could break the project down into phases, with each phase following an agile approach, while the overall project would follow a linear approach. This would allow us to iterate on each phase, while still having a clear plan and timeline for the entire project. It would also allow us to more easily identify and manage risks, as we would be regularly reviewing and assessing the project as it progresses. This hybrid approach would help us to be both responsive and efficient, while still delivering the project on time and within budget.

  52. as a project manager using iterative approach will be the best for an event project like MTD Because the iterative method will help the project manager to optimize time management, curb resources wastage as you will know what you need for each sprint and what more thing yiu need to complete the sprint and great at solving issues encountered immediately brainstorming ising agile teams. also getting feedback from end user or costumer.

  53. As a project manager collaborating with MTD, a combination of both method should be adopted. iterative method allows for consistent feedback and progress monitoring throughout the project, although it may entail frequent meetings and time consumption. Therefore, as a project manager, I’ll analyze the project’s complexity and aim to blend iterative and linear approaches to efficiently complete the project.

  54. As a project manager bear in mind that there will be no project without challenges no matter how excellent your plans are. Therefore you must be a fast thinker and communicator ready to take action and change plans if need be. This is where the agile team comes to quickly provide possible solutions for the project or event is realized successfully

  55. The two approaches to project management are linear and iteration. The linear method is more straight-jacketed and allows for very minimal changes, compared with the iterative method. Iteration allows for more flexibility and spontaneity in project execution. Here, major changes/alterations can be introduced at any time, without distorting the project pace and objective.

    The iterative approach best suits the events company – MTD, because of the unconventional, dynamic and unpredictable challenges they encounter in setting up temporary water projects for sporting events worldwide.

    Aside from optimizing time management and resources and the speed of feedback, the iterative method allows the MTD project manager to think on their toes, soaking in the challenges in each project (e.g., language barrier, inadequate water source, environmental changes, uncooperative stakeholders, government policies, etc) and finding creative ways to solve them.

    Although the linear approach is too methodical for change, the MTD can incorporate some of its qualities into the iterative approach to execute projects.

    1. There are only two approach to project management and they are linear and iteration approach. The use of iterative approach is good when dealing with MTD and this is because of the unconventional, dynamic and unpredictable challenges they encounter during the course of the water project.

  56. OHAEGBULAM CHIKAODI PRECIOUS
    Project management. Cohort 13
    The use of Iterative method is very essential in utilising the goals of MTD. Iterative approach helps in planning the project from the scratch. 2. Assign tasks to the right people and with the right resources and each of them has a goal. This also helps in breaking down task into smaller parts known as sprint and in getting early feedbacks from the stakeholders.
    The use of Agile method helps in being able to detect issues on time.Agile method helps the project manager /team to collaborate with the stakeholders and this requires continuous planning also helps the project to be faster.
    In conclusion , I would prefer the Linear method because of the time, accountability and manage resources.

  57. The use of iterative approach will help the MTD along way in organizing the event.
    Because it will help the teams at each point to know exactly where they are failing or what issues they are to prepare ahead for. For instance, if they are meant to supply water to an occasion or an event which happens to be an international conference or bigger than that, iterative approach will guide them through each stakeholders they will encounter and at the same time, know exactly how to satisfy the clients involved through the use of the reviews that they get at intervals.
    In this case, using a linear approach might enlongate the delivery process there by disappointing the organizers of the event.

  58. The use of Iterative approach/method will help the project manager collaborating with MTD, an events company, in solving the difficulties and problems that MTD encounters in their projects. Because the use iterative method will help the project manager to optimize time management, resources wastage and fast in getting feedback from end user or costumer.
    consequences of adopting this method are, it detects potential defects. Functional prototypes can be developed at an early stage. Measuring a project becomes less painful. Changes can be easily implemented. Testing becomes easier. Operational time is reduced. Stakeholder feedback is timely gathered.

    Secondly, the implication of adapting Agile approach, is that it helps to breaks project down into several dynamic phases, commonly known as sprints. and which after every sprint, teams reflect and look back to see if there was anything that could be improved so they can adjust their strategy for the next sprint.

  59. Utilizing an iterative process is key to achieving the overall goals of MTD Event Water Company efficiently. This approach involves breaking down tasks into smaller projects, each with almost the same timeline for feedback and review. The foundation of success lies in meticulous planning during the project’s initiation and ensuring that the best talent is engaged as needed.

    The iterative process offers several benefits for MTD Event Water Company. Firstly, it promotes efficiency by breaking down complex tasks into manageable segments, allowing for better progress tracking. The timely feedback and review cycles after each small project enable continuous evaluation, swiftly identifying issues and creating room for immediate adjustments.

    Additionally, the success of the iterative process depends on robust planning at the project’s onset. Ensuring tasks are well-defined and allocating the right resources from the start sets a strong foundation for the entire project. Furthermore, the flexibility to adapt and bring in specialized talent as the project evolves enhances overall performance.

    In adopting an agile approach, the company gains further advantages. Continuous feedback throughout the project’s lifecycle allows for early issue identification, preventing challenges from escalating. The agile methodology also fosters enhanced collaboration with stakeholders, ensuring the final product aligns closely with their expectations.

    In summary, the combination of an iterative and agile approach empowers MTD Event Water Company with efficiency, adaptability, and continuous improvement. By incorporating regular feedback loops and breaking down tasks into smaller, manageable projects, the company can navigate complexities with flexibility and responsiveness, ultimately contributing to the achievement of its overarching goals.

  60. Based on the information I’ve learned about developing project agility, here’s how I, as a project manager, can help MTD navigate their challenges:

    Challenges Addressed:

    1. Lack of clarity: MTD might face ambiguity regarding attendee preferences or event impact. Agile’s continuous feedback through user testing and surveys helps us gather real-time data and adjust the event accordingly.

    2. Time constraints: Tight deadlines can be stressful. Agile’s prioritization and focused work in sprints ensure we deliver the most impactful elements within the time frame.

    Implications of Iterative and Agile Approaches:

    * Iterative approach:

    Benefits: Early feedback, flexibility to adapt, reduced risk of errors.

    Challenges: Requires clear communication and collaboration, may require adjustments to existing processes.

    * Agile approach:

    Benefits: Increased responsiveness, faster time to market, improved team morale.

    Challenges: Requires cultural shift toward transparency and collaboration, initial learning curve.

    Advice for MTD:

    1. Pilot agile methods: Start with a small event or project to test the waters and gather feedback before full implementation.

    2. Invest in training: Train team members on agile principles and practices like Scrum.

    3. Focus on value: Prioritize tasks based on their value to the client and the overall event success.

    4. Embrace collaboration: Foster a culture of open communication and feedback within and across teams.

    5. Measure and adapt: Track key metrics and adjust your agile approach based on learnings and outcomes.

  61. Environmental specific solutions to projects will be engaged by me as the project supervisor. If the client calling MTD presents a pretty straightforward scope of the project, I will employ the linear approach, and when the scope changes or is relatively unknown, I will employ the iterative approach. A company as big as MTD will have so many subprojects to deliver on one project, so I will definitely mix the approaches so that I have a more agile approach to the project. Most especially, I will employ reviewing after two or four weeks to ensure that we are all still on track according to the needs of the client.

    Chijioke Obioma, Team 5, Cohort 13

  62. Some challenges MTD faces in their project bothers on inadequate or ineffective communication and over segmentation, agile can reduce these challenges by limiting segments and focus on a goal at a time. Iterative approach can as well enhance good communication among team member.

  63. Looking at the problems that MTD encounter and from the concluded module each phases of the project will be analysed to know the best method to approach and solve each problem.
    However; the likely consequences if iterative method is employed in organizing an event can be challenges in terms of time management, budget control, scope management, communication, budget management and consistency.

  64. Using iterative approach in in the MTD project will help the project manager in getting faster feedback from the stakeholders without wasting time and resources.

    Also, a hybrid approach would be of a great use, because it combines the step by step movement of the linear approach with the user and stakeholder feedback of the iterative approach.
    An iterative project approach would greatly increase stakeholder accountability and connection with the project team, as well as acceleration of the project within a shorter period of time.

    Also, the implications of adopting an agile approach are that it will enable the team to respond to challenges promptly therefore, I would recommend hybrid approach.

    Being rigid or using the waterfall approach in their projects will not give solutions to their clients for example not providing the option of extra water source to the second event using the same event center.

  65. Considering the difficulties and problems that MTD encounters in their projects, i believe if they can deploy both linear and itearetive it will help strike a balance where by they start the plan of the project in a linear method where all plans are prepared but along the line the agile
    or iterative method is imbibed to help for flexible decisions making
    were they fine hinges .

    what are the implications of adopting an agile approach? If the company sought my advice, i think in some cases where urgent or instant decisions should be made there should not be any detay since their is a constant briefings of the progress of the project to both the teams and the stakeholders i believe the agile method can be implemented inorder bridge any casualty for a successful project.

  66. Considering the problems that MTD encounter and from the concluded module each phases of the project will be analysed to know the best method to approach and solve each problem.
    The likely consequences if iterative method is employed in organizing an event can be
    challenges in terms of time management, budget control, scope management, communication, consistency, and budget management.

  67. Employing an iterative method allows for consistent feedback and progress monitoring throughout the project, although it may entail frequent meetings and time consumption. Therefore, as a project manager, I’ll analyze the project’s complexity and aim to blend iterative and linear approaches to efficiently complete the project.

  68. A project manager has to be flexible because in case of MDT, I think both approach would be needed because using iterative approach alone would be difficult in completing the project. Though, the approach is more interested in speed of delivery than completion of the project but at the end of the day end users wouldn’t be satisfied. So, I feel Linear project should be used in starting the project before in order to allow proper planning and completing each stage of the project one after the other. Then if the time doesn’t permit any longer they can switch on the Iterative approach to speed up thing but it would be easy to complete the project than just to speed things up without caring about the project completion.

  69. With the MTD as a case study, a combination of both method should be adopted. Starting with the agile method to see the process through, but as a project manager, I should be ready to switch up to an iterative approach if the need arises. The project could also start with both methods with team members divided into different groups (methods) based on their expertise and according to the project levels or phases, and ensure that members are available at every step or phase. Then, feedback should be encouraged and made use of or implemented, as this would improve the work processes. This way, teams and members will work efficiently and also give their best to see the project through. This was also make the work process faster.

  70. Taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project can have several implications:

    1. **Flexibility**: Iterative methods allow for adjustments throughout the process, enabling the team to adapt to changing requirements or unexpected challenges.

    2. **Continuous Improvement**: Each iteration provides an opportunity to learn from previous stages, leading to enhancements and refinements in subsequent iterations.

    3. **Enhanced Stakeholder Engagement**: Regular feedback loops involving stakeholders help ensure that the event meets their expectations and requirements.

    4. **Reduced Risk**: By breaking the project into smaller iterations, the risk of major failures or costly mistakes is minimized, as issues can be addressed early on.

    5. **Efficient Resource Allocation**: Resources can be allocated incrementally based on the evolving needs of the project, optimizing budget and personnel utilization.

    6. **Faster Time to Market**: Delivering usable components or features in shorter cycles can lead to a quicker overall delivery time for the event.

    7. **Increased Creativity and Innovation**: Iterative processes foster a culture of experimentation, allowing for creative solutions and innovations to emerge over time.

    8. **Improved Quality**: Continuous testing and validation throughout the iterations result in higher-quality deliverables and a more successful event overall.

  71. If an iterative approach were used for a large event like this, it would likely require more resources and time than a linear approach. This is because each iteration would require planning, execution, and evaluation, which can be time-consuming. Additionally, the event organizers would need to be prepared for changes and adjustments as the project progressed.Given the considerations mentioned above, I would recommend a hybrid approach, which combines aspects of both the linear and agile methods. This approach could provide the best of both worlds, allowing for some flexibility while also providing the structure and predictability of a linear approach. For example, the event planning team could use a linear approach for the early stages of the project and then switch to an agile approach for later stages.As a project manager, I am to play a critical role in helping to coordinate and implement the hybrid approach which will include creating a detailed project plan, establishing clear milestones and deliverables, and monitoring progress throughout the project and also facilitate communication and collaboration between team members, and ensure that the team is following the right approach for each stage of the project.

  72. the type of approach that will be used depend on what the project is all about. Using mtd as a case study ,they will have to put into consideration and do thorough research on which method will work best

  73. Looking at the MTD as a case study, I would say an hybrid method that comprises the iterative approach and the agile approach should be adopted. The project could start with both methods with teams divided into different segments based on their expertise and according to the project phases to speed up the process and ensure that personnel are available at every phase of the project from water source to the delivery. Then, feedbacks could be used to improve work processes with prompt evaluation of each group and project phase to ensure that all teams are updated and provided with expert analysis in case of any uncertainty at any point. With this method, teams will be efficient to deal with uncertain, complex situations and also discover better ways to carry out tasks efficiently.

  74. the project manager helps his or her team team to handle challenges, the type of approach the project manager will use depends on the type of project he or she is handling

  75. The Iterative processes gives MTD a lead in learning, improving and delivering to satisfy their clients. And with this method they will become more effective and flexible and allowing them to react to any volatility (changes ) and also get new data.
    Therefore as their teams gather feedback throughout the development process and agile, on the other hand, allows them to be flexible and for them to make adjustments . This leads to better development process giving priority to satisfy client needs and concerns.
    FEEDBACK IS MORE IMPORTANT .

  76. The insight I have gained that could offer assistance to MTD projects considering challenges would be to use an Hybrid approach.
    Considering the stages and processes in MTD water project. I would start with a linear approach where there’s certainty and not too much risk in cost of supplies and getting professionals to do the job and then when the portable water infrastructure is complete I will switch to an iterative approach where the VUCA comes into play, in terms of checking for the water quality.

    The positive consequences of an iterative approach would be flexibility, an early feedback, reduced risk, incremental progress.
    The negative consequences could be a risk of scope creep if changes are continuously introduced without proper control mechanism in place.

    The implication of adopting an agile approach is flexibility, increased stakeholder engagement and improved quality.

    I would advice an hybrid approach.

  77. The Iterative processes gives MTD a lead in learning,improving and delievering to satisfy their clients. And with this method they will become more effective and flexible and allowing them to react to any volatility (changes ) and also get new data.
    Therefore as their teams gather feedback throughout the development process and agile, on the other hand, allows them to be flexibile and for them to make adjustments . This leads to better development process giving priority to satisfy client needs and concerns.

  78. Using the iterative approach in event planning could be a better choice in deriving the objectives of the event.
    *Breaking the team into smaller group for efficiency and quick job delivery.
    *Job completion at the delivery date is more essential to the client/customer.
    *Reviews and feedbacks from customers/clients helps to improve on innovative ideas and to get better on the job.

  79. My view as a project manager with MTD, I will prefer to use the hybrid approach for managing the project considering all other factors like time, scope of job and budget. Also applying the agile methodology,
    If an iterative approach was employed the advantage supercedes all because the there will be timely delivery of project, each stage and phase of project has a result to show and possible outcome can be reviewed for better results, and there will be continuous flow. There will be no need to wait for the whole process before result can be projected. Agile approach is simply the best method to Carry out this project because of reliability and timely result.

  80. Part of what I’ve learnt so far is the usefulness and impart of a project manager on his or team and how to handle some unseen circumstances,a project manager mist be ready for whatsoever that comes at anytime and must have solution on ground even before unseen issues comes up

  81. Iterative processes, in my opinion, give MTD an edge in learning and improving. With time, this method will become more effective and flexible, by allowing MTD to react to changes in the market and get new information.
    So, as teams gather feedback and insights throughout the development process, agile, on the other hand, allows for flexibility and collaboration, allowing teams to make adjustments as needed. the process becomes rigid, structured, flexible, and adaptable as a result. This leads to the development process giving priority to customer input and involvement.

  82. Breaking down event planning into smaller, manageable parts and refining each one until the event is completed is an iterative approach. The project manager needs to be flexible and work closely with everyone involved, allowing continuous improvements and adjustments along the way
    And also , since the iterative approach can involve a lot of trial and error. However, the benefits of the iterative approach can outweigh the challenges, since it often results in a better final product

  83. Adaptability, collaboration and efficiency in work and communication would be an embracing approach to solve problems even as Agile approach response to the challenges will aid in controlling out of budget situations, the use of VUCA framework tools to develop suitable response for the issues and challenges of the event project and application of iterative and agile approaches may be necessary when faced with changes and some volatility during events as communication and review on a timely basis is engaged.

  84. So far, I have learnt the use of linear and iterative approaches to projects. The linear approach is best suitable in a stable environment where a new project could be conceived (Concept) defined (planning), deployed and the output or result is handed over to the sponsor (Transition).

    Under the linear approach, once a project starts, the possibility of changing the scope of the project is less.

    An iterative approach to a project is the most suitable for an environment that is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. This technique is used to respond to uncertainty and predictable situations.

    The adoption of both iterative and linear methods facilitates quick delivery of project outputs, providing assurance to sponsors and stakeholders, improving stakeholders engagement and increasing accountability.

  85. I was part of a project team tasked with eliminating revenue wastes, improving processes, and turning the organization profitable. Despite collaboration being emphasized, conflict arose due to a team member’s resistance to expertise. The project manager favored the less knowledgeable team member, resulting in slowed progress, missed milestones, and project failure.

    Lessons Learned:
    1. Objectivity: It’s crucial to remain objective and avoid favoritism or bias when making decisions within a project team.
    2. Conflict Resolution: Effective conflict resolution is essential for maintaining team cohesion and productivity.
    3. Value of Expertise: Recognize and utilize the expertise of team members to drive project success.
    4. Leadership: Project managers must demonstrate strong leadership by making decisions that prioritize project objectives over personal preferences.

  86. Event planning involves alot of changes so therefore it is better to make the approach flexible or iterative. As the event changes, it gives one the opportunity to adjust the program to accommodate the new happenings. It gives room for continuous improvement and customer satisfaction.

  87. Agile is an iterative approach to managing software development projects that focuses on continuous releases and incorporating customer feedback with every iteration.
    Taking an iterative approach in a project will be a better way of approach considering the uncertainties in the project environment especially if its an event, in this case for instance using the MTD, the project Team is;
    – Able to deliver outputs regularly and frequently. the team will definitely have a result to present.
    – Enjoy user and stakeholder feedback which will help them to measure the progress as well as their failures.
    – Able to retain the ability to adapt and change course as the business environment changes.
    – The ability to predict projects looking from hindsight, this will force the project team to focus on the very event at hand and make sure that proper delivery is achieved within the specific period of time.

  88. Taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project can have several implications:

    1. Flexibility: An iterative approach allows for flexibility in adapting to changing requirements, guest preferences, or unforeseen challenges during the event planning process.

    2. Continuous Improvement: With an iterative approach, you can continually refine and improve various aspects of the event, such as the agenda, activities, or logistics, based on feedback and testing.

    3. Enhanced Collaboration: Iterative methodologies promote collaboration among team members, vendors, and stakeholders, fostering better communication and alignment throughout the event planning process.

    4. Reduced Risk: By breaking down the event planning process into smaller iterations, you can identify and mitigate risks earlier, minimizing the impact of potential issues on the overall event success.

    On the other hand, employing an agile approach specifically:

    1. Sprint Planning: Breaking down the event planning into shorter sprints allows for focused efforts on specific tasks or aspects of the event, promoting efficiency and accountability.

    2. Regular Reviews: Conducting regular reviews and retrospectives enables the team to reflect on what worked well and what needs improvement, facilitating continuous learning and adaptation.

    3. Adaptability: Agile methodologies prioritize responding to change over following a rigid plan, empowering the team to adjust the event details based on evolving requirements or feedback from stakeholders.

    If I were asked to advise the company on event planning, I would recommend adopting an iterative approach with agile principles incorporated. This would involve:

    1. Initial Planning: Start with a comprehensive overview of the event objectives, target audience, and key deliverables using a linear approach.

    2. Iterative Development: Break down the event planning process into manageable iterations, focusing on specific aspects such as venue selection, agenda development, participant engagement strategies, and logistical arrangements.

    3. Agile Implementation: Implement agile practices within each iteration, including sprint planning, regular reviews, and adaptation based on feedback and lessons learned.

    4. Continuous Communication: Foster open communication and collaboration among team members, stakeholders, and vendors throughout the event planning process to ensure alignment and address any issues promptly.

    By combining an iterative approach with agile methodologies, the company can leverage the benefits of both frameworks to plan and execute successful events while remaining adaptable to changing circumstances and stakeholder needs.

  89. Breaking down event planning into smaller, manageable parts and refining each one until the event is completed is an iterative approach. The project manager needs to be flexible and work closely with everyone involved, allowing continuous improvements and adjustments along the way.

  90. There are a few implications of using an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project. Firstly, it’s important to be flexible and adaptable, since the plan might change as new information becomes available. Secondly, it’s important to get feedback from stakeholders and make sure everyone is on the same page. And thirdly, it’s important to be prepared for the unexpected, since the iterative approach can involve a lot of trial and error. However, the benefits of the iterative approach can outweigh the challenges, since it often results in a better final product

  91. The implications of taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project are:
    1. More resources may be required.
    2. Although cost of change is lesser, but it is not very suitable for changing requirements.
    3. More management attention is required.
    4. It is not suitable for smaller projects.
    5. Highly skilled resources are required for skill analysis.
    6. Project progress is highly dependent upon the risk analysis phase.
    7. Defining increments may require definition of the complete system.
    The implications of an agile approach are:
    1.Less predictable. The flexibility at the core of the Agile approach also means a much lower degree of predictability:It can be much more difficult to accurately estimate the time necessary or quantify the resources and efforts required to complete a project. Many teams fear this uncertainty, and that fear can lead to frustration and poor decision-making.
    2. More time and commitment: Communication and collaboration is great, but that constant interaction takes more time and energy for everyone involved.
    3. Greater demands on developers and clients: Commitment from everyone involved is required for Agile approach to be effective. Anyone who isn’t on board can negatively impact the quality of a project.
    My advice for the company is that hybrid approach/method should be use because it takes the best aspect of waterfall and agile and create a process that is flexible and adaptable to the project

    I have learnt about the linear and iterative approach to project management while considering their strengths and weaknesses.
    For MTD, I will advice that the hybrid approach be used.This will allow for leveraging on the strengths of both approaches in an unstable working environment for the success of the project.This is because,while the linear approach helps them plan ahead for every possibility before embarking on the project,the iterative approach will help them get frequent feedbacks from users,faster ROI,better involvement of stakeholders and help to address any eventuality that wasn’t planned or prepared for.
    And finally,the agile approach will help them respond to the VUCA of the work environment.

  92. Several factors contribute to making a successful team, and these elements are often what distinguish a great team from an average one. Here are some of the factors:

    1. Clear Goals and Vision: A successful team understands its objectives and shares a common vision. Clarity on what needs to be achieved provides direction and motivation.

    2. Effective Communication: Open, transparent, and frequent communication is essential. Team members should feel comfortable expressing their ideas, concerns, and feedback.
    3. Strong Leadership: A capable leader guides the team, delegates tasks effectively, resolves conflicts, and motivates members towards shared goals.
    4. Collaboration and Trust: Trust among team members is crucial for collaboration. When team members trust each other, they are more likely to collaborate effectively, share responsibilities, and support one another.

  93. WilliamsOk
    Cohort13
    Team 10
    Taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project means breaking down the event planning process into smaller, manageable units or bites, and continuously iterating and refining each unit until the event is completed. The project manager approach would be that of flexibility, and collaboration among stakeholders, allowing for continuous improvement adjustments, and adaptability as needed.

  94. Taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project means breaking down the event planning process into smaller, manageable units or bites, and continuously iterating and refining each unit until the event is completed. The project manager approach would be that of flexibility, and collaboration among stakeholders, allowing for continuous improvement adjustments, and adaptability as needed.

  95. The implications of taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project are:
    1. More resources may be required.
    2. Although cost of change is lesser, but it is not very suitable for changing requirements.
    3. More management attention is required.
    4. It is not suitable for smaller projects.
    5. Highly skilled resources are required for skill analysis.
    6. Project progress is highly dependent upon the risk analysis phase.
    7. Defining increments may require definition of the complete system.

    The implications of an agile approach are:
    1.Less predictable. The flexibility at the core of the Agile approach also means a much lower degree of predictability:It can be much more difficult to accurately estimate the time necessary or quantify the resources and efforts required to complete a project. Many teams fear this uncertainty, and that fear can lead to frustration and poor decision-making.

    2. More time and commitment: Communication and collaboration is great, but that constant interaction takes more time and energy for everyone involved.

    3. Greater demands on developers and clients: Commitment from everyone involved is required for Agile approach to be effective. Anyone who isn’t on board can negatively impact the quality of a project.

    My advice for the company is that hybrid approach/method should be use because it takes the best aspect of waterfall and agile and create a process that is flexible and adaptable to the project

  96. Some of the challenges MTD encounters in their projects ranges from water scarcity, aging infrastructure, climate change impacts to the need for sustainable management practices to meet growing demand. These challenges can be categorised using the VUCA dimension. It is important to understand the various categories and develop suitable responses to the challenges.
    MTD can use iterative approach by prioritising the project thereby dealing with one challenge at a time. This will enable the organisation deliver the outputs regularly and frequently rather than all at once at the end. All sprints can be incorporated into the linear approach.
    Employing an iterative approach in organising an event as a project would mean that:
    1). The scope of the project are likely to change.
    2). Feedback from users is needed to validate ideas and investment decisions and planning.
    3). Speed of delivery is more important than project completeness.
    4). Work must be completed on time.
    Adopting an agile approach implies that
    Project teams will finish what they start rather than working on many things for longer time. They are able to reprioritise and change direction quickly.
    I would recommend that the company should test its ideas and get feedback from users or the business, iterate the project into sprints, prioritise tasks base on their value to both user and the business. This way, the company would be more productive.

  97. From the lessons, I have learnt about the linear and iterative approach to project management while considering their strengths and weaknesses.
    For MTD, I will advice that the hybrid approach be used.This will allow for leveraging on the strengths of both approaches in an unstable working environment for the success of the project.This is because,while the linear approach helps them plan ahead for every possibility before embarking on the project,the iterative approach will help them get frequent feedbacks from users,faster ROI,better involvement of stakeholders and help to address any eventuality that wasn’t planned or prepared for.
    And finally,the agile approach will help them respond to the VUCA of the work environment.

    1. From the knowledge gained so far, it is clear that both linear and iterative tools have their strengths and weaknesses. While the linear approach is suitable for predictive projects the iterative approach is more suitable for projects associated with uncertainties.

      As a PM I would deploy the Agile tool or approach for such MTD projects. This is so because at certain situations I could pridct and plan the different stages most predictably. And in this case, the leaner approach will be of help.

      However, when the situation becomes volatile or when the outcome of the projects become uncertain, the iterative approach will come be deployed to deal with the challenges.

      In any case, Agile approach will enable me to solve those problems with uncertainties while keeping on with the different stages of the project.

      Regards.

  98. For MTD, the iterative approach might be more beneficial for event planning, because it allows for more flexibility and adaptability. If something goes wrong or needs to be changed, the iterative approach makes it easy for adjustment of the plan. The linear approach could be more beneficial for time-sensitive events where every detail needs to be planned out in advance.

  99. As a PM, I did combine linear/interactive methods. With the linear method it is obvious I already know what to expect at every step of the project thereby making financial plans. While applying the interactive method which help me overcome unforseen circumstances (uncertainties)….

  100. This week, i have learnt two approaches to solving any project issue, using
    a} linear approach, which are suited to more defined situations, and assuming all things are equal, this is due to its waterfall approach or straight line, outcomes are predictable
    b} Iterative approach, which is used in complex and uncertain environments, where unforeseen situations are most probably going to pop-up anytime. this approach helps deal with communication gaps, by involving all key stakeholders, as the project progresses.
    As a project consultant for the MTD water project, i will most likely deploy both approaches in tackling the project, given the time and scope involved, a one-way approach may be difficult, expensive and time challenging, but by using a combination of both systems, am sure to mitigate any unforeseen challenge that may arise and scale it.

  101. Project management employs different approaches depending on project type, industry dynamics, and environment. Two fundamental methods are Iterative and Linear, which can be used individually or combined into a hybrid approach tailored to project needs.
    As a project manager at MTD, I prefer the iterative approach due to its effectiveness in managing uncertainties and scope changes. It fosters continuous feedback among stakeholders and teams, enhancing guidance and ensuring alignment with project goals. Regular and frequent output delivery is facilitated, enhancing stakeholder accountability and connection. This agile approach is vital for navigating volatile and unpredictable project conditions.

  102. The linear approach is like a straight line, moving from point A to point B in a direct fashion. The iterative approach is more like a spiral, revisiting the same points and building on them over time. In other words, the linear approach is focused on getting to the end goal as quickly as possible, while the iterative approach is more about exploring the process and finding new insights along the way. That depends on the specific event and the goals of the company! For MTD i think Generally speaking, the iterative approach might be more beneficial for event planning, because it allows for more flexibility and adaptability. If something goes wrong or needs to be changed, the iterative approach makes it easier to pivot and adjust the plan. The linear approach could be more beneficial for time-sensitive events where every detail needs to be planned out in advance. Ultimately, it comes down to what the company wants to achieve with the event and what kind of flexibility is needed.

  103. Project Management have different approaches, and the approach to adopt for a project depend on the type of the project, the dynamic of the industry and the environment. There are two basic approaches of project management which are; Iterative and Linear, project can be carried out using either of the two or combining the best part of the two approaches(hybrid)

  104. As a project manager working for MTD, i would prefer to go with the iterative approach, because iterative approach works perfectly in a project where their are uncertainties, change in scope. using iterative approach allows the project manager encourage feedback among the stakeholder and the project teams, users to get ideas, that would be a source of guide, in knowing whether he/she is in the right track. iterative approach allows the project team to deliver the outputs regularly and frequently, rather than all at once at the end of the stage or project. An iterative project approach would also increase stakeholder accountability and connection with the project team.
    An agile approach will undoubtedly help to work within volatile and unpredictable conditions that may arise in the course of execution of the project.

  105. Project management defiantly have different approaches, but the nature and complexity determine which to choose from or the decision to combine.
    Considering the challenges encountered by MTD I would rather profar the hybrid approach be adopted, further more due to uncertainties in the global system and human behavioral pattern as regard to team play at some point if something is not looking right, could apply for swift approach

  106. I understand that different project has different approach, but how dynamic the industry you are in and how sophisticated the project is will determine the approach that will be employed, maybe linear or iterative. But I learnt that some project might require both especially in our current dispensation, PMs should not rob themselves trying to stick to one when they an achieve result using the two.

    Considering the difficulties and problems that MTD encounters in their projects, I will employ both method, knowing for sure how dynamic MTD project is.

    If an iterative approach were employed in organizing an event as a project, there will be no consequence other than an excellent result.

    Personally I would always advice my company to be open minded, lets get our head in the project, we will have lot of sprints, and also try to be simple enough.

  107. I learnt a lot this linear and iterative projects. the linear project is common and often refered to as waterfall, its helps to assure the sponsors and stakeholders that the project is on track. linear projects are less predictable and happens in a stable environment. And in linear apparoch specifing ,coding, designing and testing are done one after the other. The iterative apporach also known as the agile helps to test the ideas and get feedback from users, the feedback recieved helps them know wether the project is visable to carry out. iteration apporach specifing, coding, designing and testing are done all at once,the apparoch is more predictable, happens in an unstable environment, more likely to change.
    I also learnt about the VUCA meaning volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity.
    For the MTD, i think its best to combine both apporach to create a flexible and adaptable project lifecycle suited to a particular context.

  108. One key valued I have learned is the value of iterative and agile approaches, particularly in dynamic industries.

    For MTD, considering their industry-specific challenges and issues, adopting an iterative approach to projects could provide several advantages. By breaking down projects into smaller phases and gathering feedback from stakeholders throughout the process, MTD can make adjustments and improvements as needed. This approach allows for greater flexibility in responding to changes and uncertainties, ultimately leading to more successful project outcomes.

  109. What i have learnt this week is that when handling a project there are certain ways to handle it. We have the linear and the agile/iterative approaches which can both be used in a project  because of uncertain occurrence .
    We also have the simple, complicated and complex method of approaching problems that happens when doing a project.
    For the MTD’s I would advice for them use the iterative method so they will be  extra plan, budget and time if anything happens along the line of delivering the project. The project will be break down into smaller phases and gathering feedbacks so they can make improvement where necessary.

  110. Considering the nature of the projects the company engages in, I would think agile methods will be the most ideal, but without neglecting the linear approaches. The case in point is when an initial scope was determined but again, it was realized the demands were higher than expected. A crisis meeting had to be called upon to cater for the new changes. This would seem like initially a linear project, has to be addressed iteratively by initiating an new strategy, more like a mini-project within a bigger project.

  111. Project should ensure that effective monitoring and evaluation system is developed to track the progress of the project towards achieving the project goals.

  112. This week, I’ve learned about the importance of adaptability and responsiveness in project management. One key insight is the value of iterative and agile approaches, particularly in dynamic industries.

    For MTD, considering their industry-specific challenges and issues, adopting an iterative approach to projects could provide several advantages. By breaking down projects into smaller phases and gathering feedback from stakeholders throughout the process, MTD can make adjustments and improvements as needed. This approach allows for greater flexibility in responding to changes and uncertainties, ultimately leading to more successful project outcomes.

    Similarly, embracing agile methodologies can enhance MTD’s project management practices. Agile promotes collaboration, adaptability, and continuous improvement, which are valuable in industries facing rapid changes or evolving requirements. By fostering a culture of agility and empowering teams to experiment with new ideas and solutions, MTD can stay competitive and deliver value to their clients more effectively.

    Overall, my advice to MTD would be to consider integrating both iterative and agile principles into their project management approach. By doing so, they can enhance their ability to navigate industry challenges, respond to client needs, and deliver successful outcomes.

  113. I will advise the company to break the project into smaller units, form teams that specialise or fit in well with these small groups, and then set out the plan and expected outcomes for each.

    The small unit or group will iterate their task until the expected outcomes are met. Then connect each unit linearly to create the desired workflow.

    During the iteration of each group, stakeholders will be engaged to check whether the project is progressing correctly.

  114. This week, I’ve learned the importance of flexibility and adaptability in project management, especially in the events industry where last-minute changes are common. Taking an iterative approach to setting up an event would allow for frequent feedback and adjustments, ensuring that the final outcome meets the client’s expectations.

    On the other hand, adopting an agile approach would enable the team to respond quickly to changes and prioritize tasks based on their importance, potentially reducing the risk of delays and cost overruns.

    If I were to advise MTD, I would recommend incorporating elements of both iterative and agile methodologies into their project management process. This would involve regularly reviewing progress with stakeholders, breaking down the event setup into smaller tasks, and empowering team members to make decisions autonomously within their areas of expertise. Additionally, investing in tools and technologies that facilitate collaboration and communication would further enhance efficiency and effectiveness in project delivery.

  115. After gaining insights from this week’s learning, collaborating with MTD as a project manager presents opportunities to address their project difficulties. Introducing an iterative approach to organizing events would allow for frequent feedback, enabling adjustments to be made throughout the planning and execution phases. This iterative process would enhance adaptability, and responsiveness to stakeholder needs, and improve overall event quality. Additionally, adopting an agile approach would further enhance flexibility, collaboration, and efficiency in event management. I would recommend implementing agile practices such as regular stand-up meetings, prioritizing tasks, and continuous improvement to optimize project outcomes and adapt to evolving requirements effectively.

    1. I would recommend adopting both an iterative and agile approach to event project management. This would involve setting clear project goals and objectives, breaking down the project into smaller phases, and regularly reviewing and adjusting plans based on feedback and changing circumstances. The combination of linear & iterative approach which increase the stakeholder involvement will help the project execution within specific time .

  116. A key fact I have learned in management is that there is no one best to manage. As a member of the teaching profession, I have also learned that a teacher can explore different teaching methods to effectively impart knowledge. If we take cognizant of the multidimensional approach in education and apply it to the issue at hand, I will say without mincing words that both methods should be applied for a more effective result. My take is that the water project at the sports complex seems relatively stable and unlikely to change and MTD has the capacity and the skilled personnel to carry out the task. This scenario requires a linear approach. It was mentioned in the video that there was real-time monitoring and testing of the water supplied to ensure quality control and quality assurance. Given this scenario, an iterative approach seems more plausible. I was privileged to experience real-time and batch-testing as a quality control officer at a drug factory before moving to the school system and I know that things could go wrong at any phase of production. I recall a particular instance, I was assigned to test a sample of raw material to be used for the production of pain relief. The raw material failed the standardized test but a colleague who carried the same test for verification Okayed it. At a stage in the production, I took another sample and recommended that the production be discontinued but a colleague gave a nod for the production to continue and of course, the result was disastrous. This was my personal experience. We had cases where raw materials met the prescribed standard but failed the post-production standard. So many factors could be responsible. A cursory look at the water processing system shows close similarity to the drug production process. Something could go wrong, the chlorine and other purifying additives may be added in the wrong proportion thus making the water unsafe for drinking. This is where the iterative approach avails. I will recommend a hybrid of both Linear and Iterative approaches.

  117. From the lessons, I have learnt about the linear and iterative approach to project management while considering their strengths and weaknesses.
    For MTD, I will advice that the hybrid approach be used.This will allow for leveraging on the strengths of both approaches in an unstable working environment for the success of the project.This is because,while the linear approach helps them plan ahead for every possibility before embarking on the project,the iterative approach will help them get frequent feedbacks from users,faster ROI,better involvement of stakeholders and help to address any eventuality that wasn’t planned or prepared for.
    And finally,the agile approach will help them respond to the VUCA of the work environment.

  118. I will go with the linear approach for the MTD design company because Linear project management life cycle models provide better results compared to other models such as iterative or adaptive models. One of the significant advantages of this model compared to others is the provision of clearly defined goals, solutions, and requirements of the project before its onset. This factor allows project managers to have a clear direction and project provisions before the project’s conception. Another significant advantage of this model is the effective management of costs and work volume.

    Linear life cycle models provide fixed requirements for the project. The entire cost of the project and work volume are predetermined and are not supposed to change at any phase of the project. Therefore it eliminates the need for emergency costs or unexpected work coming up in the middle of the project. Lastly, the linear life cycle model allows sequential delivery of phases which is a significant advantage due to eliminating uncertainty as the project progresses.

  119. A hybrid (linear and agile) approach suit best in managing projects, as a project manager you need the two approach to help plan and executes projects successfully.
    For an event programme MTD using linear is good but agile would have been more better but using the two approach will work out best as it needs two week feedback from end users and all, the event world is a massive and evolving world so combining the two approach will work out fine.

  120. We are living in a VUCA world, a company like MTD should be able to apply Mixed/Hybrid lifecycle in their projects. Combining both linear and iterative lifecycle gives no room to unproductiveness and misinformation.
    Applying only iterative or adopting only agile approach may look complex for a company like MTD but using only linear approach may not get rid of risks and uncertainties in the project.

  121. I have learnt that as project manager, having deep understanding of the projects and knowledge of linear, iterative, hybrid approach and agile team will help in decision making,
    A hybrid approach should be adopted. The combination of linear & iterative approach which increase the stakeholder involvement will help the project execution within stipulated time.

  122. Projects today, MTD inclusive are very dynamic and challenging at the same time. Looking at the nature of MTD, agile approach would help draw feedback from customers and at the same time grow innovation to better suit prevailing market trends in the events world. Events are evolving every day and therefore the agile approach would be very appropriate than linear that allows feedback after a relative longer period and there is no room to adjust budgets or plans to better suit prevailing customer demands.

  123. I would advice the PM to approach the project with an open mind. It’s better to work with both the linear and agile method as we currently live in the vuca world and literally everything is changing.

  124. A project may start with a linear approach and later agile approach. If an agile approach is adopted, there will be room for troubleshooting challenges and risks and other issues will be identified on time and mitigated.
    There is no perfect method in project management owing to the changes that happens both internally and externally of the project (volatility,uncertainty, complexity, etc).
    For MDT, an design company, using the iterative method is fine and okay but a blend of the agile and the waterfall approach is better.
    This will give room for systematic assessment of progress, adjustment and achievement of SMART goals.
    It would also provide room for step by step progression using the scrum.

  125. Based on the insights gleaned this week, I would advocate for the implementation of an iterative approach for MTD projects. This methodology allows for early incorporation of user and stakeholder feedback, minimizing the squandering of valuable time and resources. Moreover, integrating a hybrid approach, which blends the systematic advancement of the linear model with the invaluable input from iterative cycles, proves to be particularly advantageous.
    By adopting an iterative project strategy, stakeholders are more deeply engaged and accountable, while project timelines are expedited, ensuring swifter completion. Embracing an agile methodology further equips teams to effectively navigate unforeseen challenges and fluctuations inherent in project execution.
    The adoption of an Agile approach not only facilitates proactive troubleshooting but also enables the timely identification and mitigation of risks and issues. Recognizing the dynamic nature of project management, characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and Ambiguity, a hybrid model that combines Agile with traditional waterfall methods emerges as the preferred approach for MTD Projects.
    This hybrid approach allows for incremental progress assessment, enabling timely adjustments and the achievement of SMART goals. Leveraging the structured progression offered by scrum methodology, it ensures a balanced and adaptable framework for project management.

  126. If an Agile approach is adopted, there will be room for troubleshooting challenges and risks and other issues will be identified on time and mitigated.There is no perfect method in project management owing to the changes that happens both internally and externally of the project (volatility,uncertainty, complexity, etc).
    For MDT, an event company, using the iterative method is fine and okay but a blend of the agile and the traditional approach (waterfall) is better =hybrid.
    This gives room for small by small assessment of progress, adjustment and achievement of SMART goals. It provides room for step by step progression using the scrum.

  127. An iterative approach will allow them know the goal of the project and their outcome and also allow them to make changes and also adapt to the lifecycle of the project for a better project.
    As a MTD project manager, I would go with linear because the expected outcome can easily be predicted and procedures or operation involved is laid out, it detects potential issues early, saves time and cost of building the project.

  128. Given my insights from this week’s lesson, the MTD project will better work using an Iterative approach. This is because it allows the project team to deliver the outputs regularly and frequently, rather than all at once at the end of the stage or project, that way corrections can be made for better results as users and stakeholders provide feedback.
    Agility can be avoided when it comes to the MTD project as that would change the original plan and focus of the project. They might not give a very healthy water supply if they’re in a haste and rush the work.

  129. Based on the insight I gained this week, I would advise that an iterative approach should be used for the MTD projects, which helps to get user and stakeholder feedback as early as possible, without wasting time and resources. Also, a hybrid approach would be of a great use, because it combines the step by step movement of the linear approach with the user and stakeholder feedback of the iterative approach.
    An iterative project approach would greatly increase stakeholder accountability and connection with the project team, as well as acceleration of the project within a shorter period of time. An agile approach will undoubtedly help to work within volatile and unpredictable conditions that may arise in the course of execution of the project.

  130. From the insights that I have gained this week, I would implore that an iterative approach be used for their projects, as it helps to get user and stakeholder feedback as early as possible, without wasting time and resources. A hybrid approach would also be of great use, as it would combine the step by step movement of the linear approach with the user and stakeholder feedback of the iterative approach.
    An iterative project approach would also increase stakeholder accountability and connection with the project team, as well as acceleration of the project within a shorter period. An agile approach would definitely help to work within volatile and unpredictable conditions.

  131. Being assigned to proffered solution as a project manager to MTD, I’d say It is beneficial to implement the project using the hybrid methodologies because:
    * It makes an effort to be flexible rather than rigid.
    * Anticipated results (which include low cost of production, quick and convenient access to risk management.)
    * Help in learning about user requirements and test the concepts (I.e Questionnaire, Feeds, Interviews e.t.c.)
    * Quick delivery of project results and it also Increased involvement (familiarity) with stakeholders.
    * Make things more transparent and viable; which thereby give stakeholders and sponsors reassurance.

  132. This week, I have learnt that one tactic used to create agility is slack or spare capacity in teams and organizations. Therefore, planning an event for MTD requires team work.

    If an iterative approach were employed in organizing an event as a project, the consequences would involve breaking down the event planning process into smaller, more manageable iterations or phases. Each iteration would focus on completing specific tasks or aspects of the event, with regular review and adjustment periods built in.

  133. Based on my experience/learning, I strongly believe that engagement and readiness are critical to creating a lasting impact. As a project manager, taking an iterative approach to setting up an event requires a deep understanding of the project, the environment, and the users involved. It’s essential to assemble a team that can meet the agile needs of the project and execute flawlessly.

  134. An iterative approach will improve stakeholder engagement when organising an event as a project. Also, the implications of adopting an agile approach are that it will enable the team to respond to challenges promptly therefore, I would recommend hybrid approach

    Also, an Iterative approach implies that they know the goal of the project and the expected outcome. Yet, they are open to changes and adaptation along the life cycle of the project for a better project agile approach will enable the team to respond quickly to challenges the project might encounter, agility will enable them to create sprints to meet new diversities, and with continuous, dynamic planning they are sure to deliver outstanding projects.

    Being rigid or using the waterfall approach in their projects will not give solutions to their clients for example not providing the option of extra water source to the second event using the same event center because it was not in original plan and MTD does not apply agile approach.

  135. An iterative approach will improve stakeholders engagements when organizing an event as a project. Also the implications of adopting an agile approach is that it will enable the team respond to challenges promptly so therefore i would recommend hybrid approach

  136. An iterative approach will improve stakeholders engagements when organizing an event as a project. Also the implications of adopting an agile approach is that it will enable the team respond to challenges promptly so therefore i would recomment hybrid approacg

  137. The insights that i have gained this week could assist MTD project manager are that:
    1. combine both linear and agile/iterative techniques in implementing the project will be helpful since they will be able to:
    1. Test the ideas and learning about user requirements
    2. Accelerate delivery of project outputs
    3. Improve stakeholders engagement
    4. Increase visibility and transparency
    5. Provide assurance to sponsors and stakeholders
    6. Increase accountability
    and try not to be rigid but rather flexible because all approaches are compatible

    the implication will be that the cost of production will be reduced, and the risk will be easily accessed and dealt with easily on time. they will have a chance to make changes easily through project team collaboration.

    henceforth i would recommend them to adopt both the linear and agile approach depending on the situation and the environment

  138. An Iterative approach implies that they know the goal of the project and the expected outcome. Yet, they are open to changes and adaptation along the lifecycle of the project for a better project outcome.

    An agile approach will enable the team to respond quickly to challenges the project might encounter, agility will enable them to create sprints to meet new diversities, and with continuous, dynamic planning they are sure to deliver outstanding projects.

    Being rigid or using the waterfall approach in their projects will not give solutions to their clients for example not providing the option of extra water source to the second event using the same event center because it was not in original plan and MTD does not apply agile approach.

  139. In the case of MTD, using iterative method will work well when combine with adequate communication and combine effort to make the project success

    Using agile may slow down their work pace which might not be deliver at the right time of need

  140. When an iterative approach is used to carry out an event project, the consequences would be that the scope of the project is unlikely to change and also things and cost can be estimated accurately.

  141. Flexibility: An iterative approach allows for flexibility in adapting to changing requirements, stakeholder feedback, and unexpected challenges that may arise during the event planning process.

    Incremental Progress: By delivering the event in stages, progress can be measured incrementally, providing stakeholders with visibility into the project’s development and allowing for early identification and mitigation of issues.

    Continuous Improvement: Each iteration provides an opportunity to incorporate feedback and make improvements, resulting in a more refined and successful event outcome.

    Risk Reduction: Breaking the project into smaller iterations reduces the risk of large-scale project failure by allowing for early detection and correction of issues

  142. Communication is the key and very important. From the MTD case study i learnt that communication with project team has to be clear and understood.

    Using iterative approach may not bring a good result that the project manager wants on the project, using agile would be a great idea since there are expert and experience project manager to work but In my own opinion I will suggest using linear, taking the step one by one, will help solve the problem been faced.

  143. If an iterative approach were used for organizing an event, it could lead to ongoing refinement and improvements throughout the planning process. However, there might be challenges in terms of maintaining a clear timeline and potential scope creep.

    On the other hand, adopting an agile approach would prioritize flexibility, collaboration, and responsiveness to change. This could enhance adaptability to evolving requirements but might pose challenges in terms of predictability and adherence to strict timelines.

    If the company sought my advice, I would recommend a hybrid approach that combines elements of both iterative and agile methodologies. This would allow for continuous improvement while maintaining a structured framework to ensure timely completion and resource management.

  144. Communication goes a long way to save the day. From the MTD case study, I have learned that communication has to be clear, concise, timely, and in the right tone.

    What would be the implications of taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project? At some point same when gathering information it will work. Its prone to derail if the stakeholders keep changing their minds i.e. in decor, color, etc. However, during execution, its good to follow the linear model. At the end of the day, a hybrid model will work for this kind of project.
    What are the implications of an agile approach? The agile approach gives the greatest results because feedback is done at the end of each stage of a project a s opposed to Linear where feedback is obtained at the end.Its limitations are however,time-bound projects for instance are prone not to be done on time especially if the feedback involves starting from scratch.
    If you were asked to advise the company, what would your advice be? Adopt the hybrid model, Get everyone involved from the start.

  145. I ve had the privilege to oversee numerous projects, one thing I take for granted was communication…
    Now I understand how important it is and how difficult some task has been because I don’t communicate with my sponsor regularly and in depth. Task can easily be tackled with proper communication.

  146. Communication is important in order to effectively communicate with the TEAM on the progress of the project. Negotiation is also important in order to resolve conflicts, manage changes and agree on the time lines and budgets. Time management is essential to ensure the project is delivered promptly and within the budget. As for skill gaps, i suggest working on improving communication training course, reading books on the topic or even watching videos on effective communication techniques. Additionally one could try making efforts to actively listen to others opinions and ask questions to CLARIFY INFORMATION AND USE THE POSITIVE AND CLEAR TONE WITHOUT EMOTIONS WHEN COMMUNICATING. Practising these skills will help become a more effective communicator/project manager. However continuous skill seeking on knowledge regulatory environment, ethics and standards for continuity of professional development is paramount to becoming a successful PROJECT MANAGER.

  147. While iterative and agile approaches are good, I will recommend a hybrid approach, that allows the team get involved in project deliverables at each stage, test and review progress to enhance performance aligned with scope and goals.
    The iterative phase allows the team to break the project into manageable phases that can be refined through tests and feedback.
    Agile encourages flexibility, collaboration and adaptability allowing the team to work in short sprints, reviewing progress and making necessary adjustments.
    By adopting a hybrid approach, teams can quickly collaborate, test, review and implement feedback from stakeholders and team within each project cycle, leading to improved processes and enhanced service delivery.

  148. Having gone through the impact of employing either linear or iterative approach, I’d opt for a hybrid approach. To successfully achieve MTD’s events projects the application of both linear or iterative approaches is key. This will help to avoid issues like scope creep i.e uncontrolled expansion of requirements and expectations on a project, give room to work on different ideas and get the necessary feedbacks, as well as, cater for any unforeseen occurrences which may arise in the course of implementing the project.

  149. As the project manager working with MTD, I have learned several things this week that could help address the challenges and issues they face in their projects. One key learning is the importance of taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project. This means breaking down the project into smaller, manageable phases and continuously refining and improving each phase based on feedback and lessons learned. By doing so, MTD can adapt and make necessary adjustments throughout the project, ensuring that the event meets the client’s expectations and requirements.

    Additionally, an agile approach would also be beneficial for MTD. Agile project management emphasizes flexibility, collaboration, and adaptability. It involves working in short iterations, frequently reviewing progress, and making adjustments as needed. This approach allows for quicker response to changes and uncertainties that often arise in event planning, such as shifting client preferences or unforeseen logistical challenges.

    If I were to advise MTD, I would recommend adopting both an iterative and agile approach to event project management. This would involve setting clear project goals and objectives, breaking down the project into smaller phases, and regularly reviewing and adjusting plans based on feedback and changing circumstances. It would also involve fostering open communication and collaboration among team members and stakeholders, allowing for quick decision-making and problem-solving.

    By taking an iterative and agile approach, MTD can better anticipate and address challenges, ensure client satisfaction, and deliver successful events. This approach would also enable them to continuously improve their processes and enhance their reputation as a reliable and adaptable events company.

    [Discussion]
    I believe that adopting an iterative and agile approach to event project management can greatly benefit MTD. By breaking down the project into smaller phases and continuously refining each phase based on feedback, MTD can ensure that the event meets the client’s expectations. Additionally, an agile approach would allow MTD to quickly respond to changes and uncertainties that often arise in event planning. This would enable them to adapt their plans and make necessary adjustments in a timely manner. Overall, this approach would help MTD deliver successful events and enhance their reputation as a reliable and adaptable events company.

  150. Using iterative approach may not yead a positive result on the project, using agile would be a great idea since there are expert and experience project manager to work but to my own opinion I will suggest using linear, taking the step one after the other will help solve the problem it facing

  151. Considering the project before MTD, the outcome is clearly defined and there is enough knowledge, experience and expertise in respect of the project so I will adopt a liner approach to managing the project.

  152. As a project manager, I would suggest making use of both linear and agile methods to not lengthen the time to complete the project. Making use of a hybrid method and not linear method aids in carrying along the steak holders in every step to achieve a successful result at the end of the project and also in the appropriate division of the budget.

  153. I have learnt about the difference between the linear and iterative approaches. In the case of MTD and as a Project Manager, i think the outcome and timelines are pretty clear and the linear approach still work. An agile only solution would in my opinion unnecessarily lengthen the project timeline. MTD would also have probably been given a budget to work with. I would however infuse some elements of the iterative method to form a hybrid approach. I think the key here is stakeholder collaboration through frequent meetings and reviews with all stakeholders as frequently as 2 weeks. This will allow progress reports, reviews and feedbacks. Risks would be more quickly called out and changes expectations would be easily highlighted. This would also allow for better and cheaper solutions to be effected without risk to project budget and timeline.

  154. Summarily, I’ve learnt about the difference between the linear and iterative approaches. In the case of MTD and as a PM, i think the outcome and timelines are pretty clear and the linear approach still work ok. An agile approach would in my opinion be unnecessarily lengthen the project timeline. MTD would also have probably been given a budget to work with. I would however infuse some elements of the iterative method to form a hybrid approach.

  155. As a PM working with MTP i will have to study the complexity of the project critically and why the iterative method did not fit in to the project, then set out eighter to us ethe linear approach or a combination of both. For every step of the project i will make sure that meetings are scheduled and feedbacks is being considered with highest regard.

  156. In summary, i have learnt about the difference between the linear and iterative approaches. In the case of MTD and as a PM, i think the outcome and timelines are pretty clear and the linear approach still work ok. An agile only solution would in my opinion unnecessarily lengthen the project timeline. MTD would also have probably been given a budget to work with. I would however infuse some elements of the iterative method to form a hybrid approach. I think the key here is stakeholder collaboration through frequent meetings and reviews with all stakeholders as frequently as 2 weeks. This will allow progress reports, reviews and feedbacks. Risks would be more quickly called out and changes expectations would be easily highlighted. This would also allow for better and cheaper solutions to be effected without risk to project budget and timeline.

  157. As a project manager at the MTD event, the choice of combining both linear and agile methods of project management will depend largely on the nature of the project and how successful you want it to be, using just one may limit the project when things become volatile or uncertain.

  158. One aspect where MTD will need to employ an iterative approach is the uncertain weather conditions during sporting events. Weather can impact water demand and infrastructure needs significantly. Agile style of project management can enable adjustments to equipment and staff deployment using real-time weather updates.

  159. An iterative approach gives room for regular feedback and monitoring of the progress of the project but might lead to consuming a lot of time holding a series of meetings. So as a PM, I will study the complexity of the project and try to fuse the use of iterative and linear approaches to get the project concluded

  160. I believe I can shape the projects of MTD using an iterative approach,but the implications can be an inability to handle bulky projects due to their complexity and dependability, to which I recommend flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the project.

  161. I would anticipate that there will be challenges, and having leant about the UVCA concept, I will apply the linear or iteration when needed to enable me accomplish my project

  162. As a project manager for MTD linear project styles are the default method for project management as the expected outcome can easily be predicted and the processes involved is well laid out. However, to further save time, cost of building the project and better detect potential issues early on, applying a hybrid approach to project management is a better option.

  163. As a project manager working with MTD Events, I will advise the firm to adopt the hybrid method.
    If the agile/iterative method is adopted, the project will be broken down into mini-projects. This will aid in risk mitigation and flexibility. However, I will advise the team to test the viability of the hypothesis before implementation begins, which is the first step in a linear project.
    A hybrid method will ensure effective management of time and other resources to be used for the project.

  164. As a project manager at the MTD event, I will not use just one but combine the linear and iterative approach which will yield a successful project, using just one may limit the project when things becomes volatile or uncertain.
    Agile approach is also a good and productive method as the team will be able to respond quickly to task and face the challenges

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  165. As a Project Manager collaborating with MTD events company. Looking at the complexity of jobs MTD undertakes, the combination of Linear and Agile approaches in project managements would be my choice for the following reason the use of Linear method may not be feasible due to uncertainty and volatility situations that may arise and cannot be addressed adequately by it. However, Agile due to its flexibility can address issues of uncertainty and volatility associated with most projects. Choosing Agile method would promote flexibility but this may affect time, costs and leading to scope creep ultimately impacting on projects outcomes.

  166. No project is completely linear or iterative, As a project manager collaborating with MTD, I will adopt the hybrid methodology…combining elements of both linear and iterative project management lifecycles.
    Setting goals for a project sprint and having deadlines for each sprint within an iterative (agile) environment is an element of linear (waterfall) methodology.
    I will most definitely advice MTD to adopt the hybrid method. For already specified aspects of the project, linear framework will be adopted especially for the designs whereas an iterative approach is best suited in stakeholder engagement (client).

  167. Considering the complexity of the project I would advise MTD to combine both linear and Agile methodology. The agile methods will allow MTD resolved arising using promptly. This will also makes information flow constant and aid the project completion on time.

  168. If MTD sought advice, I would recommend a hybrid approach that combines the strengths of both iterative and Agile methodologies. This would involve iterative planning and execution cycles within an overall Agile framework. This approach allows for flexibility and adaptability while maintaining a strategic focus on the overall project objectives.

  169. If MTD sought advice, I would recommend a hybrid approach that combines the strengths of both iterative and Agile methodologies. This would involve iterative planning and execution cycles within an overall Agile framework. This approach allows for flexibility and adaptability while maintaining a strategic focus on the overall project objectives. Additionally, effective communication and stakeholder engagement would be critical to the success of the project, regardless of the chosen methodology.

  170. The choice of combining both linear and agile methods of project management will depend largely on the nature of the project.
    At MTD, considering the complexities of the project and the company, if I were the Project Manager,I would strongly recommend a combination of both linear and agile methods

  171. Using an iterative approach to event planning would allow MTD to swiftly react to shifting guest numbers. Iterative methods allow for modest changes, ensuring that pure water supply matches demand. However, it may cause issues with paperwork and extensive planning.

    An agile strategy would enable MTD to respond quickly to changing event needs. Agile’s iterative nature enables ongoing improvement and flexibility. This method promotes team collaboration and adaptation to unforeseen changes.

    MTD can consider a combination of both approaches, customising any methodology to the specific needs of the event and ensuring that the team is prepared to face the associated problems.

  172. As the PM for the count of MTD,I would have advised to use the combination of linear and iterative method adding at that the hybrid method Wich will help them to create a process that’s flexible no matter the scenario they are working with.

  173. Iterative and linear approach is best combined in complex project scenario, both has different impact on the project based on the nature of the event.
    MTD is advised to considered the agile and linear approach is solving complex project issues, this make them involved every stakeholders while managing resources and delivery project within time frame.

  174. PROJECT MANAGEMENT COURSE SO FAR
    In the context of managing events, the choice between an iterative approach and agile methodology hinges on the nature of the event.

    The iterative approach is well-suited for events where plans are expected to evolve, offering flexibility and early issue resolution. On the other hand, the agile methodology is ideal when a high degree of adaptability and collaboration is crucial.

    MTD can consider a blend of these approaches, tailoring any of the two methodology to the unique requirements of the event, and ensuring that the team is equipped to navigate the associated challenges.

    Thank you for your time

  175. Taking the iterative approach would help me deliver the outputs regularly and frequently. It would help the team to adapt and change course.
    On the other hand, if I take the agile approach decisions will be made in a timely way (planning step by step from start to finish).
    I would recommend a mixed approach; iterative and linear.

  176. I would firstly enquire about previous methods use in project management by MTD, always the current trend of projects and recommend either using linear, agile or combining both.
    From the week, I have come to agree that a combination of methods are effective in specific time scopes, depending on the project at hand.
    Testing ideas, providing assurance and accelerating delivery of project outputs strike me as valid reasons why I would recommend a combination of linear and agile methods of project management

    1. I actually understood in this course that it is possible to combine both linear and iterative methods to enhance the speed and even the quality of the project at hand.
      For MTD, the use of both methods will be better to attend to issues in an agile way especially when it springs up unexpectedly.
      This will help the company to achieve its goal, timely and as seamless as possible.

  177. If i was working as a PM in MTD events Company, First thing first is to ask what was the ongoing project Method that was used be it Linear OR Iterative . and the results it provided. knowing this will give you more insights on which PM methods to use , if results were not encouraging , you can go back to the drawing Board and see what was missing, If tasks should be carried out in Iterations and Sprints; that way Stakeholders and product owners are abreast with certain informations and as well encouraged with progression of team Members,

  178. Day 10- Apply What You Have Learnt ( PM Course Discussion):

    Taking an iterative approach to setting up events would allow MTD to adapt quickly to changing attendee numbers. Iterative processes enable incremental adjustments, ensuring that pure water supply aligns with demand. However, it may lead to challenges in terms of documentation and comprehensive planning.

    An agile approach would empower MTD to respond promptly to dynamic event requirements. The iterative nature of agile allows for continuous improvement and flexibility. This approach encourages collaboration between teams, fostering adaptability to unforeseen changes. However, it requires a high level of communication and responsiveness.

    Advice to MTD would be to integrate agile methodologies, emphasizing regular communication, quick adjustments, and continuous improvement. By embracing agility, MTD can efficiently manage water supply challenges, enhance customer satisfaction, and maintain operational flexibility in the dynamic events industry.

  179. If I were collaborating with MTD, the events company, and they were facing challenges in their projects, the things I learned this week could help.

    If we used an iterative approach for planning an event project, it would mean being flexible to changes and getting more input from everyone involved. We could refine things step by step. However, it might be a bit tricky to predict exactly when each part will be done and how much they’ll cost.

    On the other hand, going with a linear method (like the waterfall approach) could mean planning things step by step from start to finish. This could make timelines and costs more predictable, but it might be harder to adapt if something unexpected comes up.

    If MTD asked for advice, I’d suggest considering a mix of both methods. We can set clear goals and overall plans like the linear method but check and adjust our plans often like the iterative approach. This way, we benefit from predictability and adaptability to handle challenges better.

  180. As a project manager at the MTD event, I will not use just one but combine the linear and iterative approach which will yield a successful project, using just one may limit the project when things becomes volatile or uncertain.
    Agile approach is also a good and productive method as the team will be able to respond quickly to task and limit uncertainty and volatile situations .

  181. Working as a project manager for MTD requires environmental considerations, agile practices for client collaboration, transparency, and satisfaction which are made possible by the use of various methodologies. I will use or implore the linear and iterative methodology. Both methods works perfectly just depends on how the project manager uses the method of approach. Using the linear approach to begin the project and completing it with the iterative method which was clearly explained as a useful method in completing a project as project manager. And the many advantages that include testing ideas and learning about user requirements, accelerating delivery of project outputs, improving stakeholders engagement, increasing visibility and transparency, providing assurance to sponsors and stakeholders and increasing accountability.
    In the process of project management, the project manager have a choice to make either to use the iterative approach or linear approach depends on the kind or nature of project been handled. In project management flexibility is very important as plans and issues arise, it will help with quick solution. A combination of iterative and linear can result in a well-balanced project at the long run.

  182. Iterative approach will be employed which should take me to the finishing point if linear approach is not giving me the expected result at a set time.

  183. I will adopt hybrid approach because of the uncertainty that will arise in the cause of the planning and execution.considering time ,cost and scope A higher degree of linear could be adopted to enable execution .

  184. I will start with the linear approach and if at a point , I got to some level I will switch to the iterative approach to complete it

  185. In the context of managing events, the choice between an iterative approach and agile methodology hinges on the nature of the event.

    The iterative approach is well-suited for events where plans are expected to evolve, offering flexibility and early issue resolution. On the other hand, the agile methodology is ideal when a high degree of adaptability and collaboration is crucial.

    MTD can consider a blend of these approaches, tailoring any of the two methodology to the unique requirements of the event, and ensuring that the team is equipped to navigate the associated challenges.

  186. As a Project Manager with MTD I will recommend hybrid project management method, to accommodate all the uncertainty and complexity that might surface at any stage of the project. The implication of adopting agile approach alone is time wastage, the project can be delivered with linear approach and good speed if only the known challenges surface during the project implementation. But to accommodate any uncertainty I recommend hybrid approach.

  187. As a Project Manager with MTD I will recommend hybrid project management method, to accommodate all the uncertainty and complexity that might surface at any stage of the project. The implementation of adopting agile approach alone is time wastage, the project can be delivered with linear approach and good speed if only the known challenges surface during the project implementation. But to accommodate any uncertainty I hybrid approach.

  188. My response as a project manager for MTD, I will not recommend only the linear approach in dealing with the process because of the difference stages involved. Using only the linear approach might not help understand all that is required for this project and may put stake holders in an unbalanced situation

  189. As a project manager for MTD, I will recommend an hybrid approach in dealing with the process because of the difference stages involved. Sticking to only the linear approach might not give room or capture all that is required for this project, therefore a blend of both approaches will suffice.

  190. As a project manager with MTD company, I will subscribe to the of both linear and agile method in order to deal with uncertainty, volatility in the project.

  191. If i was to give an advice as a project manager,i believe the volatile nature of the MTD project would really be in need of the hybrid approach. The linear approach might also be adaptable in this case because of its predictable nature.

  192. The volatile nature of MTD’s project execution requires the hybrid approach as this prepares for potential pitfalls while executing such projects. There could be cases where the linear approach is solely used due to lack of problems but it is important to prepare in the eventuality of a challenging situation as events can be quite peculiar.

  193. My view as a project manager with MTD, I will subscribe to using the hybrid approach for managing the project considering all other factors like time, scope of job and budget. Also applying the agile methodology.
    If an iterative approach was employed the advantage supercedes all because the there will be timely delivery of project, each stage and phase of project has a result to show and possible outcome can be reviewed for better results, and there will be continuous flow. There will be no need to wait for the whole process before result can come. Agile approach is simply the best method to Carry out this project because of reliability and timely result

  194. As of now, I’ve discovered that integrating practice (by employing hybrid) with project lifecycles would be really beneficial, considering current realities and suiting various situations.

    Since the linear approach won’t produce a breakthrough under unstable and unpredictable conditions, it makes the most sense to combine it with agile methods while examining how MTD functions. The agile methodology by itself is adaptable, but there is a cost and schedule penalty. To address these issues and improve efficient planning and execution, a hybrid approach incorporating the VUCA framework would be most successful.

  195. If I was called upon to give advice on the MTD water supply project, I will advise that the project adopt a linear approach in order to get a predictable outcome. The project has the tendency to be volatile and ambiguous considering it has to do with the supply of clean water. Let us also put into consideration the unpredictable outcome of the lab tests. What if the lab says the water is no good?
    Agile approach will be best approach to the project.

  196. As a Project Manager collaborating with MTD the events company. Looking at the complexity of jobs MTD undertakes, the combination of Linear and Agile approaches in project managements would be my choice for the following reasons;
    the application of Linear method may not be feasible due to uncertainty and volatility situations that may arise and cannot be addressed adequately by it. However, Agile due to its flexibility can address issues of uncertainty and volatility associated with most projects. Choosing Agile method would promote flexibility but this may affect time, costs and leading to scope creep ultimately impacting on projects outcomes.
    Furthermore, I would suggest for a hybrid approach, that is the combination and application of the characteristics of both Linear and Agile approaches that would provide an excellent project delivery meeting time, cost, scope and outcomes.

  197. I thinka hybrid approach would be the best solution. The stakeholders are aware the I’m gonna provide them water (speaking as a project manager ), they might not want to know the processes but want results. They might not have time for reviews and all, but they know what they want from the project. My advice would be to never stop the water from flowing. Get it running, and go back again and check what might go wrong and begin to fix even before anything is noticed. Have backups for many process or equipments that is being used. Prolly extra stations, another independent Lab etc..

  198. So far I’ve learnt that in the practice of project lifecycles, combining practice (using hybrid) would be of immense benefit that suits different environments, taking into cognizance current realities.

    Looking at how MTD operates, applying a combination practice (linear and agile method) would best apply, considering the fact that the linear alone will not grant a breakthrough in volatile and uncertain circumstances. Though the agile alone is flexible, there’s a pull back on time and budget. To this end, a hybrid method with the VUCA framework would best handle MTD challenges and enhance effective planning and execution.

  199. As a Project Manager collaborating with MTD, here are my insights:

    Enhanced Communication & Stakeholder Management:

    Streamline internal communication and bridge gaps for better collaboration.
    Engage everyone involved in the project to ensure comprehensive stakeholder management.
    Improved Risk Management & Contingency Planning:

    Conduct thorough assessments to identify potential risks.
    Build flexible plans and monitor progress closely to respond quickly to unforeseen issues.
    Optimized Resource Allocation & Budgeting:

    Analyze data to identify cost-saving opportunities.
    Track spending meticulously to avoid budget overruns.
    Enhanced Logistics & Operational Efficiency:

    Refine procedures to improve operational efficiency.
    Utilize technology and provide staff training for optimized logistics.
    Building Strong Client Relationships:

    Manage client expectations effectively.
    Gather feedback and strive to deliver results that exceed expectations.
    Iterative vs. Agile Approaches:

    Iterative:

    Pros: More structured and predictable, suitable for complex events.
    Cons: Requires extensive upfront planning, less adaptable to changes.
    Agile:

    Pros: Highly adaptable, quick response to changes, embraces collaboration.
    Cons: Increased risk of scope creep, requires strong communication and leadership.
    Recommendation – Hybrid Approach:

    Start with iterative planning for essential elements like infrastructure and budget.
    Embrace agile principles for execution, including flexible staffing and sprint-based tasks.
    Prioritize strong communication and stakeholder engagement throughout the project.
    This hybrid approach combines the structured nature of iterative planning with the adaptability of agile execution, offering the best of both worlds for addressing MTD’s challenges.

  200. In adopting agile approach for setting up project, iterative methodology is key, As the project manager for the MDT I would select and adapts the best method as necessary, This involves using iterative methods for environmental considerations and agile practices for client collaboration, transparency, and satisfaction. Key recommendations include forming cross-functional teams, incorporating continuous feedback loops, adopting adaptive planning, integrating technology, and prioritizing stakeholder engagement.
    Nevertheless, I will recommend the hybrid approach, as this will allow MTD proceed with its normal operations using the linear and adjust under necessary circumstances.

  201. If i were to advise MTD, the iterative approach will be adopted the its projects, This is because quite a number of factors are unpredictable and unstable. The speed of delivery is also important to the sponsors and on a number of occasions, innovation is required to deliver the outcome of the events.

    Due to the flexibility that may be required to reach the defined goals, iterative approach is fit for the nature of the projects they carry out.

  202. Considering the nature of the job MTD does, the Linear and agile method would be the best fit for the job as using linear alone will cause a lot of challenges as events are uncertain and volatile which requires flexibility which the linear doesn’t offer.

    Also adopting just the agile approach would promote flexibility but the time and budget might also be affected.

    I would rather adopt the hybrid approach, which combines linear and agile using the VUCA framework to tackle best the challenges faced by MTD events and for effective planning of events, also maintaining a structured organization to manage uncertainties.

  203. In adopting agile approach for setting up project, iterative methodology is key. This helps mitigate risk in that issue are quickly identified and treated through scrume-framework. This guarantee feedback from customers or users and in turn,helps deliver outputs regularly.
    Considering the challenges of MTD, I have learnt that in managing a project,a choice should not be made between using either linear or agile approach rather a healthy combination of linear ,iterative and hybrid approach would best suit prevailing and ever dynamic environment.

  204. From the lessons so far, i will recommend an hybrid approach in dealing with the process because of the similiarities involved. Using only the linear approach might not give the team all the necessary details they need therefore, both approaches should be considered and then monitor the result it will yield .

  205. As the MTD manager, the project have the tendency to be volatile and ambiguous so there’s need to employ the linear approach in order to get a predictable outcome in the mind of the sponsor but due to its volatile nature, there will be need for some agility to meet deadline

  206. In my capacity as the Project Manager at MTD, the events company faces challenges like environmental awareness, client budget constraints, and the complexity of managing diverse events. Learning from iterative and agile approaches, recommendations for MTD include adopting a hybrid methodology that combines aspects of both. This involves using iterative methods for environmental considerations and agile practices for client collaboration, transparency, and satisfaction. Key recommendations include forming cross-functional teams, incorporating continuous feedback loops, adopting adaptive planning, integrating technology, and prioritizing stakeholder engagement. By implementing these strategies, MTD can enhance project success, effectively manage sustainability goals, and navigate the complexities of event management.

  207. As an MTD manager it is expedient that a holistic and iterative approach is applied, which allow to feedback and review from the the end users or customer.

  208. As MTD manager, I need to have a correspondingly varied set of tools and techniques at my disposal. Therefore, the implications of taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project would be that the project can be delivered regularly and frequently (time boxes) and also to give room for feedbacks from the users and the stakeholders which will help me adapt and change course as the business environment changes.

    The implication of an agile approach was to create a better way of managing the project having exceeded the time, schedules and also failed to satisfy the sponsors, staff and the users’ need.

    My advise to the company would be that the company combine both linear and iterative methods by using all their spectrum of techniques and practices that they offer to deliver successful projects in this volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environments.

  209. As the project manager for the MDT I would select and adapts the best method as necessary. Looking at the project plan I would go go iterative method because of the benefit of the time frame which can help with getting positive outcome in time.
    I would use iterative method considering the volatility of this project, the uncertainty to expect due to what is required and not forgetting the complexity with any ambiguity in the project.

    Due to the unstable situation of the project I would go for iterative approach but would have consider linear method at the initial stage of my approach and because I would want to deliver on time with positive outcome, having regular feedback of the sponsors and stakeholders will benefits the outcome of the project on time iterative method will still be my choice.

  210. Applying What I Have Learnt:

    Taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project would allow MTD to address challenges and issues more effectively. By breaking down the event planning process into iterative stages, MTD can continuously gather feedback, make adjustments, and adapt to evolving requirements, ultimately improving the event’s quality and relevance to stakeholders.

    Similarly, an agile approach would enable MTD to respond rapidly to changes in event requirements, stakeholder needs, and market dynamics. Agile methodologies, such as Scrum or Kanban, could help MTD in fostering collaboration, maintaining flexibility, and delivering value incrementally throughout the event planning and execution phases.

    If advising the company, I would recommend the following:

    1. Embrace Iterative Planning: Encourage MTD to adopt an iterative approach to event planning, focusing on short feedback loops and continuous improvement to enhance event quality and relevance.

    2. Foster Agile Mindset: Promote an agile mindset across the organisation, emphasising adaptability, collaboration, and customer-centricity to effectively respond to changing event requirements and stakeholder expectations.

    3. Invest in Communication: Prioritise clear and transparent communication among team members, clients, and event stakeholders to ensure alignment, manage expectations, and facilitate rapid decision-making.

    By implementing these recommendations, MTD can enhance its project management practices, improve event outcomes, and better navigate the challenges and issues encountered in event projects.

  211. As the project manager of MTD, I will use the iterative approach instead of the linear approach because iterative approach makes features usable for users, customers need to understand what features they needs, it gives speed too because the project team is able to deliver the outputs regularly and frequently, rather than all at once at the end of the stage or project. This allows organizations to benefit from user & stakeholders feedback, and to get early return on investment, while retaining the ability to adapt & change course as the business environment changes. Iterative projects are in many ways more predictable than linear ones.

  212. MTD operates a linear approach. While this approach works very well in a stable environment, it’ll be less effective in case of any volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA). There’s therefore need to switch to iteration approach which prioritizes sponsors and users needs to resolve this issues and still deliver the project on schedule.

  213. As a project manager for MTD, I will recommend an hybrid approach in dealing with the process because of the peculiarities involved. Sticking to only the linear approach might not give room or capture all that is required for this project, therefore a blend of both approaches will suffice.

  214. Considering the issues MTD faced in projects, I’ll suggest a hybrid method which is the combination of the linear and iterative project methodologies, to make work more effective and resolving issues faster.

  215. Without mincing words, MTD operates a linear approach. While this approach works very well in a stable environment, it’ll be less effective in case of any volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA). There’s therefore need to switch to iteration approach which prioritizes sponsors and users needs to resolve this issues and still deliver the project on schedule.
    This switch/combination of the two approaches is referred to as hybrid.

  216. Concerning the issues faced by MTD, advice the use of iteration approach. because their set goals aren’t a direct and easy project to achieve.

  217. In my capacity as the Project Manager at MTD, I promote the utilization of VUCA analysis, acknowledging the diversity of methods required for project success. Proposing a hybrid approach that seamlessly combines both linear and iterative methodologies, taking into account project timelines, financial considerations, and stakeholder requirements, emerges as the most advantageous strategy. This hybrid model is designed to tackle MTD’s project challenges by facilitating idea testing, accelerating project delivery, improving stakeholder engagement, promoting transparency, and strengthening accountability. Fundamentally, the integration of linear and iterative approaches represents the most effective route to project success within the ever-evolving landscape.

  218. Challenges are inevitable and considering the VUCA nature of managing projects , I believe that the uniqueness of each project requires a critical analysis of all that the said project requires not leaving out ethics and suitability of the approach to be used so my advice is a combination method for a proper balance.
    Not forgetting that rules of engagement and every other area must be spelt out and clearly stated to the understanding of all so it doesn’t pose a problem especially in decision making .

  219. Challenges and issues faced by MTD include:

    Setting clear goals and objectives

    Scope creep

    Lack of communication

    Team conflict

    Insufficient risk analysis and,

    Balancing project constraints.

    Implications of the iterative approach include:

    Improves project adaptability to changing project requirements or stakeholders’ need

    Enhanced stakeholder engagement with an emphasis on collaboration and communication

    Reduces the risk of project failure through continuous monitoring and adjusting to project progress

    Increased efficiency and productivity

    It eliminates confusion

    Advise to company:

    Evaluate the project requirements

    Consider the risks and benefits

    Identify some of the key variables

    Identify the project type

    Evaluate the project complexities

  220. Challenges and issues faced by MTD include:

    Setting clear goals and objectives

    Scope creep

    Lack of communication

    Team conflict

    Insufficient risk analysis and,

    Balancing project constraints.

    Implications of the iterative approach include:

    Improves project adaptability to changing project requirements or stakeholders’ need

    Enhanced stakeholder engagement with an emphasis on collaboration and communication

    Reduces the risk of project failure through continuous monitoring and adjusting to project progress

    Increased efficiency and productivity

    It eliminates confusion

    Advise to company:

    Evaluate the project requirements

    Consider the risks and benefits

    Identify some of the key variables

    Identify the project type

    Evaluate the project complexities

  221. Considering the issues MTD faced in projects, I’ll suggest a hybrid method which is the combination of the linear and iterative project methodologies, to make work more effective and resolving issues faster.

  222. linear project methodology was used by MTD which may affect its operations because it cannot foresee any incontigency that might arise. Using the iterative project method will help adjust to changing scenarios. If there were to be delays in any of the processes, the teams could easily adapt.

    Nonetheless, I will recommend the hybrid approach, as this will allow MTD proceed with its normal operations using the linear and adjust under necessary circumstances.

  223. Considering the difficulties and problems MTD encountered in their project, there’s no specific or better approach for a project management. As a project manager working with them, managing a project need not be a choice between either a linear or iterative approach. In practice, you may as well combine the two considering the VUCA nature of managing a project. It’s best yo combine the two approaches which comes with lots of benefits.
    combining linear and Agile or iterative methodologies can be more efficient than sticking to one of them alone. The combination of the two approaches allows teams to take advantage of each approach’s strengths and benefit from both. It also allows teams to have better control over their projects while still being able to rapidly deliver working software and make necessary changes and improvements. For these reasons, a mix of Waterfall or linear and Agile methodologies can be a great way to maximize efficiency and get the best results

  224. As a project manager in charge of M.T.D. I would recommend a combination of linear and iterative approach, in other to arrive at expected outcome with little challenges and on time. Considering the VUCA nature of managing projects in a fast changing world.

  225. The implications of using an interactive approach includes
    1) Identify issues on time and address appropriate
    2) Manage risk and maximize opportunity.
    3) Minimize cost .
    4) Avoid duplication of efforts.
    Implications for Agile Approach includes
    1) Timely deliverables of task.
    2) Evaluate progress.
    3)Prioritize task (RACI)

  226. The successful execution of events requires a systematic and adaptable approach. The application of iterative and agile methodologies can significantly enhance event planning processes and increase the likelihood of successful outcomes. Scrum, an Agile methodology, is an effective framework for continuous improvement and adaptability. Enterprises seeking to benefit from both continuous improvement and adaptability should adopt this model.

    Effective collaboration among event team members, stakeholders, and departments is a critical success factor. Encouraging open communication and prioritizing feedback is essential to ensure that the project meets the changing needs and expectations of stakeholders. Risk management is equally critical, and potential risks should be identified and addressed promptly. Regular retrospectives and post-event analysis can provide valuable insights for future events and foster a culture of continuous improvement.

    The incorporation of an adaptive planning approach that allows for modifications according to changing conditions is necessary. Empowering teams with the freedom to make decisions within their area of expertise fosters a sense of ownership and accountability, leading to better outcomes. A learning environment within the organization can be created by using retrospective and post-event analysis to gather insights for future events.

    In conclusion, the adoption of an iterative and agile approach can enhance event planning processes, improve adaptability, and increase the likelihood of successful outcomes. Enterprises should prioritize effective collaboration, feedback, risk management, and continuous improvement to achieve success. The application of an adaptive planning approach and the creation of a learning environment can also significantly improve outcomes.

  227. Taking an iterative approach to setting up events would allow MTD to adapt quickly to changing attendee numbers. Iterative processes enable incremental adjustments, ensuring that pure water supply aligns with demand. However, it may lead to challenges in terms of documentation and comprehensive planning.

    An agile approach would empower MTD to respond promptly to dynamic event requirements. The iterative nature of agile allows for continuous improvement and flexibility. This approach encourages collaboration between teams, fostering adaptability to unforeseen changes. However, it requires a high level of communication and responsiveness.

    Advice to MTD would be to integrate agile methodologies, emphasizing regular communication, quick adjustments, and continuous improvement. By embracing agility, MTD can efficiently manage water supply challenges, enhance customer satisfaction, and maintain operational flexibility in the dynamic events industry.

  228. Putting into prospect that MTD runs off as a linear type of project, but as such can encounter challenges due to the VUCA principle in a world of uncertainties demanding iterative approaches, I would recommend a hybrid (combination of both) approach, in other further prepare for what is to come.

  229. Considering the VUCA nature of managing projects in a fast changing world, I’d recommend a combination of linear and iterative approaches in managing any project if we are going to arrive at expected outcome with little challenges and waste

  230. Considering the challenges that MTD encounters in their project as a project manager it’s best to combine the two approachesapproaches(linear and iterative) which comes with loads of benefits Such as
    Increasing accountability,Providing assurance to sponsors and stakeholders ,learning about users requirements and testing ideas,Increasing Visibility and transparency and Accelerating delivery of project outputs.

  231. As a project manager who is in charge of MTD company, I will first analyze the environment, look into the problems and difficulty MTD is facing, I will recommend a linear and iterative project lifecycle.

    Project lifecycle simply determines the inception of the product till when it leaves the market.

  232. Considering the nature of event planning and potential uncertainties:

    Hybrid Approach: Given the dynamic nature of events, a hybrid approach that combines the structure of a linear approach for certain aspects (e.g., budgeting, venue booking) with the flexibility of an iterative or agile approach for others (e.g., content planning, participant engagement) might be beneficial.

    Regular Stakeholder Engagement: Regardless of the chosen approach, maintaining consistent communication with stakeholders is crucial. This involves sponsors, participants, and the event organizing team.

    Adaptability: Flexibility is key in event planning. Whichever approach is chosen, the ability to adapt plans based on real-time feedback and changing circumstances is essential.

    Post-Event Evaluation: Regardless of the methodology used, conducting a thorough post-event evaluation is crucial. This includes gathering feedback, analyzing the success of different aspects, and documenting lessons learned for future events.

    In summary, the choice between an iterative and agile approach for event planning depends on the specific characteristics and goals of the event. A tailored, flexible approach that incorporates elements from both methodologies may be the most effective solution for achieving success in the dynamic and unpredictable environment of event management.

  233. As a project manager who is in charge of MTD company, I will first analyze the environment. Then looking at the problem and difficulty MTD is facing, I will recommend a linear and iterative project lifecycle.

  234. As a water delivery company, the location of the venue, where exactly in the venue the water pipes will be laid and its effect on existing infrastructure are challenges faced by MTD. Additionally, working with the event’s Project Manager might raise conflicting opinions.

    I would advise a hybrid system of working whereby the project is broken into smaller pieces and developed individually with proper feedback given and gotten. This would alleviate the concerns of the event’s Project Manager as well as work with the infrastructure engineers in a fast pace to ensure that the venue is properly setup and ready within the time frame.

  235. As the Project Manager working with MTD, I will prefer using the VUCA analysis having in mind that there is no specific method/ approach to a successful project completion so combining the linear and iteration approaches (hybrid) with project completion time, Finance, and stakeholders’ requirements will be ideal step for me.

  236. From the lesson learnt, the implication of taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project manager is that MTD will have an opportunity for
    1. improvement on projects as the projects moves on
    2. it will give them room to adapt to changes
    3. it will also improve clients engagement
    4. finally it will improve team spirit

    For agile approach in event set up, the following are the implications
    1. Adaptive planning
    2. frequent stakeholders meeting

  237. Considering the difficulties and problems that MTD encounters in their projects, as the PM collaborating with them (MTD), I would consider combining both the linear and iterative approaches to come out to the following:
    ■Testing ideas;
    ■Accelerating delivery of project outputs;
    ■Improving the engagement of involved stakeholders;
    ■Increasing the visibility and transparency in the company; and
    ■ Increasing accountability.
    Briefly, combining both the linear and Iterative approaches (Hybrid) would be the way forward since there is no better way to achieve project success.

  238. As a PM with MTD… I will have to study the environment, then conduct an environmental analysis of the work locations to identify the challenges and offer solutions, and then make my recommendation with the use of VUCA.

    We will determine the strategy to use either linear or iterative that will help in the delivery of the project as scheduled.

  239. As a Project Manager in charge of MTD, I will start by analyzing the situation. Use the VUCA framework to better understand the challenges. Then adopt the iterative approach of project management because I need result immediately.

  240. In order to understand MTD’s situation and develop suitable responses to the company’s challenges I will recommend the use of the VUCA framework.
    V – Volatility to consider when change is so fast and unpredictable that it becomes impossible to make predictions.
    U – Uncertainty to consider when there is no idea as to what the impact of an event will be.
    C – Complexity to consider when it is a challenge of making sense of a situation that involves making interconnected parts and processes.
    A – Ambiguity to consider when there is no relation between cause and effect, except in hindsight, without any reliable precedence, where prediction becomes guesswork.

    Both the linear and the iterative project techniques and tools can be used jointly to create flexible and particular contexts, according to the requirements of the company and challenges in the company, this is beneficial as it tests ideas and learns about the MTD’s requirements, accelerates delivery of project outputs, improves stakeholders’ engagement, and also increases visibility, accountability and transparency.

  241. If I am to make my input as a PM. In a project where is difficulty I will suggest iterative because of its nature. It’s suitable in an environment that is likely to change because of difficulty. It’s just that the consequences will be that there will be no product competences, and the project reports will no longer be a priority because of the fast delivery.
    Agile will enhance in the delivery of the product because it will have to reprioritize in order to get the said focus

  242. As a PM in charge of MTD. I will do my environmental analysis. The analysis of the environment in which my project is being carried out greatly influences its success or otherwise. It is essential to be aware of the project environment and take measures to deal with its influence on the project all through the project lifecycle.

    1. As a project manager in charge of MTD I will start by addressing and understanding the project by using the VUCA framework which is a tool that helps us to build an awareness of the organization’s situation and develop suitable responses to the challenges that interface in the external or macro environment

  243. As a PM in charge of MTD, I will first do my environmental analysis, pick team members to work with, discuss with them in the nitty-gritty of the project using VUCA, we would evaluate in the method to use in carrying out the project to achieve success project

  244. The first question I would ask myself is: has this project been done before now, was it successful or did it fail? If it was successful what method & tools were useful in making it a success? If it failed, what were the causes of the failure?
    The next step is to consider the environmental, economic, social, and technological impact and challenges that could be by carrying out various analysis. How Volatile is the environment, how Uncertain can the economy be, how Complex is the project and how Ambiguous are the conditions surrounding achieving the project.
    Focusing on the project’s VUCA would determine what method or tool to approach in delivering a successful project outcome.

  245. As a PM in charge of MTD, I will first do my environmental analysis, pick team members to work with, discuss with them in the nitty-gritty of the project using VUCA, we would evaluate in the method to use in carrying out the project to achieve success.
    Thanks

  246. i have learnt that ,As a project manager in charge of MTD I will start by addressing and understanding the project by using the VUCA framework which is a tool that helps us to build an awareness of the organization’s situation and develop suitable responses to the challenges that interface in the external or macro environment.
    I will combat all forms of volatility using Agility- which is the ability to perceive and respond to any form of changes, and i will also gather and analyze all available information when i don’t know what the impact of an event will be.
    Furthermore i will use both the iterative and linear method in solving the problem because in a complex situation, there is always no right answer but only an informed guesswork.
    In using both frameworks, we will be able to test ideas while learning about users requirements, delivery of project output will be accelerated, stakeholder engagement will be top notch, there will be visibility and transparency, and we will ensure that we provide assurances to our stakeholders and finally, we will improve on our accountability.

  247. As the project manager, I will do an environmental survey, understand the nitty-gritty of the project,form a team then discuss on method to adopt if it will be linear,iterative or both. Thanks.

  248. As the project manager, I will first do an environmental analysis and discuss it with my team. We will identify all the necessary things to put in place for the success of the project. We will decide which method we are using, or maybe we can use both methods, i.e., linear and iterative methods.
    Thank you.

  249. As the Project Manager (PM) of MTD, I would first consider the VUCA analysis with my team.
    Combining both the Linear and Iterative approaches (Hybrid) is the method I would deploy since there is no better way to achieve project success. This method will help me:
    1) Test ideas and learn about user requirements.
    2) Accelerate delivery of project output.
    3) Improve Stakeholder engagement.
    4) Increase visibility and transparency.
    5) Provide Assurance to sponsors and stakeholders.
    6) Increase accountability.

  250. As a project manager partnering with MTD, knowing that there is no preferred method of executing a project, one would incorporate both linear and iterative methods where required, and above all great communication should be encouraged between all stakeholders involved, transparency should be prioritized.

  251. As a PM, collaborating with MTD I would combine the right approaches to get a better result because there are no specific approach for any project manager to successfully complete a project, but have to combine both the linear and iteractive approaches at some point in the project implementation taking into consideration a lot of factors like, Project completion time, stakeholders requirements, finance
    & transparency if visible or not

  252. As a project manager, collaborating with MTD I would combine the approaches to get a better result.
    Reasons being that there’s no specific approach for any project manager to successfully complete a project, rather the project manager has to combine both the linear and iteractive approaches at some point in the project implementation taking into consideration a lot of factors like
    – Project completion time
    -Stakeholders requirements
    -Finance
    -Transparency and how Visible it will be

  253. As a project manager with MTD, the VUCA analysis should be considered before embarking on the project.
    I will recommend the hybrid method which is the infusion of both linear and iterative approaches in carrying out projects and achieving the desired results.
    It enables the PM to adapt to changes in the course of carrying out the project if need be and also gives room for feedback with detailed plans in place.

  254. Abdsalam Ikram

    While project management techniques exist, the complexity of certain projects, whether at the onset or during execution, often demands a flexible approach or a blend of methods, taking VUCA into account.

    It’s crucial for a project manager not to rigidly adhere to a specific technique when it becomes evident that a change is necessary.

    Linear or iterative methods might yield productivity in a project’s initial stages, but adapting to a hybrid approach becomes essential as the project evolves, considering factors like budget, time, and stakeholders. Project managers, such as those at MTD, could benefit from embracing hybrid models or transitioning between linear and iterative methods for optimal project success.

  255. As a project manager working for MTD, there are no straight approach to handling a project. Be it the linear or the iterative approach . To get the project completed despite the working environment the project manager can employ a combination of the two approaches to resolve the challenge and get the project done.
    The agile approach has its advantages and disadvantages but as we know , it all depends on the type of situation being faced at MTD.

  256. Sunday Nathaniel Ngwamah,
    Cohort 12, Team 10.

    Though there are project management techniques or approaches, the Complexity of some projects either at the beginning or in the course of the project requires a change of method or a combination of techniques taking VUCA into consideration.

    A project manager should not hold tightly unto a particular technique even when it’s glaring that a change is required.

    Linear or iterative may prove productive in a stage of project, but when it out grows its usefulness, hybridisation should be adoption where necessary considering budget, time and stakeholders. Project manager like that of MTD can adopt the hybrid or a change from either linear to iterative or the other way round for project success.

  257. Sunday Nathaniel Ngwamah,
    Cohort 12, Team 10.

    Though there are project management techniques or approaches, the Complexity of some projects either at the beginning or in the course of the project requires a change of method or a combination of techniques.

    A project manager should not hold tightly unto a particular technique even when it’s glaring that a change is required.

    Linear or iterative may prove productive in a stage of project, but when it out grows its usefulness, hybridisation should be adoption where necessary considering budget, time and stakeholders. Project manager like that of MTD can adopt the hybrid or a change from either linear to iterative or the other way round for project success.

  258. As the project manager collaborating with MTD here’s my insight and recommendations:
    There is no specific approach in handling a project but taking the project through VUCA analysis to understand the problems and proffer solutions is of importance. I will say combining both linear and iterative approaches having it mind the implications involved in the time to deliver, stakeholders and customers engagement visibility and transparency and accountability. And the linear methodology is done in stages without many challenges. The consequences of iterative is that is more structured, predictable with implications for potential rework, long term cycles, slower response to issues and that of Agile has consequences of increased risk of scope creep, strong team communication, quick to respond to changes, embraces collaboration and it’s implications includes improve customer feedback integration, high development costs. Based on MTD ‘so challenges, I recommend a hybrid approach starting with iterative planning for budgeting, infrastructure and then embrace agile principles for execution.

  259. Micah Chijioke Madu
    Project Manager
    Cohort 12
    Team 6

    The choice of project management method and lifecycle to adopt would depend on the challenges presented by the environment. Using the VUCA approach would help to determine the nature of the challenge faced by the project. The different challenges would require different approaches to solving them. A volatile situation requires agility speed. An uncertain situation calls for research and existing information on the situation on ground.
    My recommendation as a project manager with MTD for an event would be subject to the challenges faced by the project. In an earlier video, MTD had mentioned that part of their recent challenge had been with clients increasingly getting conscious of their environment and increasing their demand of the quantity of water supply for projects, and this is usually at no additional cost to the client. My recommendation would be to adopt the linear (waterfall) approach to project management with needed agile (Itirative) components infused into the project lifecycle as the need presents itself.

  260. As the Project Manager collaborating with MTD, it might be worthwhile to experiment with the two approaches within the context of the time available on a small scale and then swiftly assess the effectiveness of either and then choose a preferred method which works better to deliever expectations.
    Flexibility and continuous improvement are characteristics of iterative approach as project components are circles, can be revisited and refined
    Iterative planning and execution will favor MTD as far as event management is concerned. however, regular feedback and adjustments will help them to adapt to evolving changes required, unexpected challenges and loopholes

  261. As a project manager working for Mtd, as said , there is no definite approach to handling a project.either the linear or the iterative approach .but to be on a safer side , bearing in mind the challenges of budgeting, sponsors readjustments, downtime due to challenges such as weatherconditions, approvals from the authorities etc, the recommended best approach is the hybrid approach. Which is the mix of the iterative and linear approach. With this, sprints can be applied to allow for accommodation of downtime , and other contingencies.
    The agile approach has its advantages and disadvantages but as said , it now depends on the situation at hand .

  262. However, in general, project management can be a complex and challenging task, and there are several things that can help project managers like MTD to overcome these challenges and deliver successful projects. Here are some tips that may be helpful:
    1.Define clear project goals and objectives: It is essential to have a clear understanding of what the project aims to achieve. This will help to ensure that everyone involved in the project is working towards the same goals and objectives.
    2.Develop a detailed project plan: A well-developed project plan can help to ensure that the project is completed on time, within budget, and to the required quality standards. The plan should include a detailed timeline, budget, and resource allocation.
    3.Communicate effectively: Effective communication is critical to the success of any project. Project managers should ensure that all stakeholders are kept informed of progress, issues, and changes to the project plan.
    4.Manage risks: Every project involves some level of risk. Project managers should identify potential risks and develop strategies to mitigate them.
    5.Monitor and control the project: Regular monitoring and control of the project can help to ensure that it stays on track and that any issues are identified and addressed promptly.
    Learn from past projects: Project managers should take the time to reflect on past projects and identify areas for improvement. This can help to ensure that future projects are even more successful.

    Taking an iterative approach to settling up an event as a project manager would involve breaking down the event planning process into smaller, manageable tasks and completing them in iterations or cycles. Each iteration would involve planning, executing, and reviewing the progress before moving on to the next iteration.
    The implications of an iterative approach in event planning are:
    1.Flexibility: Iterative planning allows for adjustments and changes to be made throughout the process, ensuring that the event aligns with the evolving requirements and expectations.
    2.Continuous improvement: Regular reviews and feedback sessions enable the project manager to identify areas for improvement and make necessary adjustments in subsequent iterations.
    3.Early identification of issues: By breaking down the event planning process into smaller iterations, any issues or challenges can be identified and addressed early on, minimizing their impact on the overall event.
    On the other hand, an agile approach in event planning, such as using Agile methodologies like Scrum or Kanban, would involve working in short, time-boxed iterations called sprints. The implications of an agile approach are:
    1.Collaboration and communication: Agile methodologies emphasize frequent communication and collaboration among team members, ensuring everyone is aligned and working towards the same goals.
    2.Adaptability: Agile allows for flexibility and adaptability to changing requirements, allowing the project manager to respond quickly to new information or stakeholder feedback.
    3.Incremental delivery: Agile focuses on delivering value in small increments, allowing stakeholders to see progress and provide feedback throughout the planning process.If asked to advise the company, I would recommend adopting an agile approach to event planning. The agile methodology would provide the company with the flexibility and adaptability needed to handle the uncertainties and changing requirements often associated with event planning. It would also promote collaboration and communication among team members, leading to better coordination and a higher chance of success.

  263. As a project manager, collaborating with MTD here’s my insights
    There’s no specific approach for any project manager to successfully complete a project, rather the project manager has to combine both the linear and iteractive approaches taking into consideration
    -the time to deliver or complete the project
    -stakeholders and customers
    -accountability
    -visibility and transparency

  264. As the project manager collaborating with MTD, t may be worthwhile to experiment with both methods on a small scale and assess their effectiveness before scaling up across the organization.

    The iterative approach allows for flexibility and continuous improvement throughout the project. It involves revisiting and refining project components in cycles. MTD could benefit from iterative planning and execution, especially in the dynamic environment of event management. Regular feedback loops and adjustments can help adapt to changing requirements or unexpected challenges.

  265. Before setting up the project, the project manager should engage in serious sampling to know the best approach to use. Using iterative approach has both good and bad implications. So to be safe you need to do more of sampling to know what fits your environment.

  266. Before setting up the project, the project manager should engage in serious sampling to know the best approach to use. Using iterative approach has both good and bad implications. So to be safe you need to more of sampling to know what fits your environment.

  267. Before setting up the project, the project manager should engage in serious sampling to know the best approach to use. Using iterative approach has both good and bad implications. So to be be safe you need to more of sampling to know what fits your environment.

  268. Bearing in mind the difficulties faced in the MTD System as a project manager, I would suggest combining both the linear and iterative to get the following:
    Testing ideas
    Accelerate delivery of project outputs
    Improve the engagement of stakeholders
    Increase the visibility and transparency
    And increase accountability.

  269. Considering the difficulties and problems that MTD encounters in their projects, what insights have you gained this week that could offer assistance?

    If an iterative approach were employed in organizing an event as a project, what would be the consequences? Similarly, what are the implications of adopting an agile approach? If the company sought your advice, what would you recommend?

    I will recommend that we take the project through a VUCA Analysis to understand the challenges and proffer a solution to the volatality,uncertainties,complexities and ambiguity derailing the project.
    If iterative methodology is employed, which i will recommend, it will mean the team will be focused on the sprints which will be a 2-week mini project with feedback from customers, versus the conventional linear methodology of project where the entire project is known and is done in stages without many variations and challenges.
    The implications of adopting the iterative methodology include.
    1.Stakeholder engagement.
    2.User satisfaction
    3.Assurance of the sponsor
    4.Project concluded on time.

  270. As a PM collaborating with MTD here are my insights:
    Enhanced communication & stakeholder management: Bridge gaps, engage everyone, streamline internal communication.
    Improved risk management & contingency planning: Conduct thorough assessments, build flexible plans, monitor progress closely.
    Optimized resource allocation & budgeting: Analyze data, find cost-savings, track spending to avoid overruns.
    Enhanced logistics & operational efficiency: Refine procedures, utilize technology, train staff.
    Building strong client relationships: Manage expectations, gather feedback, deliver exceeding results.
    Iterative vs. Agile Approaches:

    Iterative:

    Consequences: More structured, predictable, better for complex events. Requires extensive upfront planning, less adaptable to changes.
    Implications: Potential for rework, slower response to unforeseen issues, longer development cycles.
    Agile:

    Consequences: Highly adaptable, quick to respond to changes, embraces collaboration. Increased risk of scope creep, requires strong team communication and leadership.
    Implications: Faster iterations, improved customer feedback integration, potentially higher development costs.
    Recommendation:

    Based on MTD’s challenges, is to consider a hybrid approach:

    Start with iterative planning for essential elements (infrastructure, budget).
    Embrace agile principles for execution (flexible staffing, sprint-based tasks).
    Prioritize strong communication and stakeholder engagement throughout.
    This combines the structure of iterative with of both worlds.

  271. The possible challenges are miscommunication, resources management and timeline pressures. Using iterative approach would help refine the logistical plans as the event date approaches and the implications are: Allowance for adjustments as the event evolves, enables early identification and resolution of issues, easy adaptation to changes in requirements, collaboration among diverse teams, rapid responses to changing requirements or stakeholder feedback, frequent deliverables enhance stakeholder satisfaction.

    My Advice would be:

    1. Define Clear Objectives: Clearly define project objectives, scope, and expectations. This ensures that everyone involved understands the project’s purpose.

    2. Regular Communication: Establish robust communication channels. Regular updates and open communication help in preventing misunderstandings.

    3. Agile Mindset: Embrace an agile mindset, even in traditionally planned projects. This allows for flexibility and quick adaptation to changing circumstances.

    4. Risk Management: Identify potential risks early in the project. Have contingency plans in place to address unforeseen challenges.

    5. Continuous Improvement: Encourage a culture of continuous improvement. Regularly assess project processes and outcomes to identify areas for enhancement.

  272. Iterative Approach:
    Progressive Refinement:
    Implication: The project is being developed in small, incremental stages.
    Benefit: Allows for feedback-based continuous improvement and refinement.

    Flexibility:
    Implication: It is possible to make modifications at different points in the project.
    Benefit: able to adapt to changing needs or unanticipated difficulties.

    Feedback Integration:
    Implication: The procedure is designed to have periodic feedback loops.
    Benefit: Improves the project based on real-time feedback, reducing the likelihood of major problems.

    Risk Mitigation:
    Implication: Identify and fix potential problems as soon as possible.
    Benefit: Risks are minimized by dealing with them slowly.

    Agile Approach:

    Cross-Functional Teams:
    Implication: Teams are made up of people who have a variety of abilities.
    Benefit: Encourages collaboration as well as quick decision-making.

    Sprints:
    Implication: The task is broken down into brief, fixed-time iterations.
    Benefit: allows priorities to be reviewed and adjusted regularly.

    Continuous Delivery:
    Implication: Functional components are provided incrementally.
    Benefit: Stakeholders can track the project’s progress.

    Adaptive Planning:
    Implication: Plans are modified according to changing conditions.
    Benefit: It allows the project to respond to changing requirements and priorities.

    Advice for the MTD Company:
    To combine iterative and agile:
    To benefit from both continuous improvement and adaptability, they should use an iterative framework like Scrum (an Agile methodology).

    Foster Collaboration:
    Encourage open communication and collaboration among event team members, stakeholders, and departments.

    Prioritize Feedback:
    Create regular feedback loops to ensure that the project is meeting the changing needs and expectations of stakeholders.

    Embrace Change:
    MTD should be adaptable to changes in requirements and priorities, and it should have a mechanism in place to integrate these changes.

    Risk Management:
    Identify potential risks early on and devise mitigation strategies. Agile methodologies provide a framework for dealing with risks iteratively.

    Continuous Improvement:
    Encourage a culture of continuous improvement by reflecting on the event planning process regularly and incorporating lessons learned into future projects.

    Adapt to Lessons Learned:
    Create a learning environment within the organization by using retrospectives and post-event analysis to gather insights for future events.

    Empower Teams:
    Allow teams the freedom to make decisions within their area of expertise, fostering a sense of ownership and accountability.

    I believe that by combining iterative and agile approaches and adopting the principles outlined above, the company can enhance its event planning process, improve adaptability, and increase the likelihood of successful event outcomes.

  273. Team 3

    Adopting an agile approach, specifically in project management, can have various implications. Here are some key implications of adopting an agile approach:

    1. Flexibility and Adaptability: Agile allows for flexibility in handling changes and uncertainties that may arise during the project. It embraces the idea of responding to change rather than following a rigid plan, enabling teams to adapt and adjust their approach based on evolving requirements and feedback.

    2. Iterative and Incremental Deliverables: Agile promotes the delivery of working solutions through iterative and incremental development cycles called sprints. This approach allows for the early and frequent delivery of valuable features or components, ensuring that stakeholders can provide feedback and make necessary adjustments throughout the project.

    3. Collaboration and Stakeholder Involvement: Agile methodologies emphasize collaboration within the team and active engagement of stakeholders. Regular communication, feedback, and involvement of stakeholders in the decision-making process result in a better understanding of project goals, improved satisfaction, and better alignment with their needs.

    4. Continuous Improvement: The agile approach encourages continuous improvement through retrospectives, where the team reflects on what worked well and areas that need improvement. This enables teams to identify and address issues, refine processes, and enhance their overall performance during subsequent iterations.

    5. Emphasis on Customer Value: Agile methodologies prioritize delivering value to the customer or end-user. By focusing on user stories, prioritizing features based on their value, and regularly incorporating customer feedback, the agile approach helps ensure that the delivered product meets customer expectations and provides real value.

    6. Improved Team Morale and Productivity: Agile methodologies empower cross-functional teams, allowing them to take ownership of their work, make decisions, and collaborate effectively. This sense of autonomy, engagement, and collaboration can boost team morale and productivity.

    7. Early Risk Management: Agile practices prompt the identification and mitigation of risks early in the project lifecycle. Frequent iterations, feedback loops, and regular communication enable teams to identify potential risks or issues swiftly and respond proactively, reducing the impact they may have on the project.

    By adopting an agile approach, organizations can reap these benefits, including increased flexibility, collaboration, continuous improvement, and value-driven outcomes. Agile enables teams to navigate complex and ever-changing environments more effectively, leading to successful project delivery.

  274. Team 3

    Taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project can have several implications. Here are a few:

    1. Flexibility: An iterative approach allows for flexibility and adaptability throughout the event planning process. It allows you to make adjustments and improvements as you gather feedback and insights.

    2. Continuous Improvement: By dividing the process into smaller iterations, you can learn from each iteration and apply improvements for subsequent iterations. This iterative feedback loop helps in delivering a better event experience.

    3. Risk Mitigation: Breaking down the event setup into smaller iterations helps in identifying and mitigating potential risks early on. You can test various aspects of the event, identify problems, and resolve them before they escalate.

    4. Stakeholder Involvement: Iterative planning involves regular collaboration and input from stakeholders, such as event sponsors, vendors, and attendees. This fosters better engagement and ensures that their perspectives are considered in the event setup.

    5. Time and Resource Management: An iterative approach helps in managing time and resources effectively. By focusing on smaller iterations, you can allocate resources based on immediate needs, prioritize tasks, and optimize time management.

    6. Incremental Value Delivery: With each iteration, you can deliver incremental value to stakeholders. This means that even if the event setup is not fully complete, stakeholders can benefit from the improvements made in each iteration.

    Overall, an iterative approach enables continuous learning, adaptability, and incremental value delivery throughout the event setup process. It helps in enhancing stakeholder satisfaction and mitigating risks effectively.

  275. Communication

    Upholding ethical standards

    Managing Risks

    Team work

    Iterative approach makes work easier, increases productivity improves communication.

  276. PManages are human beings who are ready to anticipate and face the challenges brought by time and space through sustainability measures and agility.

    This is possible through the hybridization of both linear and iterative models, comparatively. This is also believed to be key to the risks that a project may face, which are usually uncontrollable. The hybrid model is more humanistic because it needs the direct touch of different stakeholders through critical thinking, decision-making, and timely action, depending on the industry or sector.

    I would recommend a hybrid model and timely action, thanks to empowered humans and other resources, to ensure the future is productive because the project’s total surety in the future is predictable.

  277. Challenges and issues faced by MTD:

    1. Scope creep: Events can often change and evolve as planning progresses, leading to additional work and potentially exceeding budgets.
    2.Communication breakdowns: With various stakeholders involved, ensuring clear and effective communication throughout the project lifecycle can be challenging.
    3.Time constraints: Event deadlines are often tight, requiring efficient planning and execution to avoid last-minute scrambles.
    4,Resource limitations: Budgetary constraints or limited availability of personnel can hinder project execution.
    5.Unexpected hiccups: Technical issues, weather disruptions, or other unforeseen events can throw a wrench into even the best-laid plans.

    Advice for MTD:

    1. Clearly define project scope and objectives upfront and get buy-in from all stakeholders.
    2.Implement a robust communication plan to ensure everyone is kept informed and on the same page.
    3.Plan for contingencies and have backup plans in place for potential disruptions.
    4.Empower your team to make decisions and take ownership of their tasks.
    5.Embrace an iterative or agile approach to be adaptable and responsive to change.
    6. Invest in project management tools and training to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

  278. Discussion on Linear and Iterative approaches to managing projects.

    As the project manager working with MTD, the events company, I would leverage the insights gained this week to address the challenges and issues they face in their projects. By incorporating these lessons into the management approach at MTD, the events company will aim to enhance the overall efficiency, effectiveness, and ethical standards of their projects. This proactive approach is geared towards mitigating challenges and optimizing opportunities in the dynamic and demanding field of event management.
    key takeaways from this module that could be applied include:
    • Stakeholder Communication: Effective communication with stakeholders is crucial in event management. Employing clear and frequent communication channels, ensuring stakeholders are well-informed, and actively seeking feedback aligns with the importance of stakeholder engagement discussed this week. Transparent communication can help manage expectations and build stronger relationships with clients, vendors, and participants.
    • Risk Management: Understanding and managing risks is essential in the events industry where unforeseen challenges can arise. Applying the principles of risk management discussed this week, such as identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks, will help in proactively addressing potential issues. This could involve contingency planning for common event-related risks, such as weather conditions or logistical issues.
    • Ethical Decision-Making: Upholding ethical standards in event management is vital for maintaining the company’s reputation. Applying ethical decision-making frameworks and ensuring that the events are conducted with integrity aligns with the discussions on ethics in project management. This involves transparent financial practices, fair treatment of vendors and participants, and honest reporting of event outcomes.
    • Adaptability and Flexibility: Events often require adaptability due to changing circumstances. Applying the concept of adaptability discussed this week, I would encourage a flexible project management approach that can accommodate last-minute changes, unexpected challenges, or evolving client needs. This could involve having contingency plans, versatile event setups, and a team that is prepared to adapt on the fly.
    • Continuous Learning: Embracing a culture of continuous learning is essential in the dynamic events industry. Encouraging team members to stay updated on industry trends, technologies, and best practices aligns with the concept of lifelong learning. This can lead to innovation, improved event planning processes, and staying ahead of the competition.
    • Collaboration and Team Building: The success of events often depends on effective collaboration and a cohesive team. Applying strategies for team building and collaboration discussed this week can enhance teamwork, communication, and overall project performance. This involves fostering a positive team culture, encouraging open communication, and recognizing and leveraging individual strengths within the team.
    What would be the implications of taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project?
    Taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project offers benefits in terms of flexibility, continuous improvement, and client satisfaction, but also presents challenges related to time and resource management, effective communication, and scope control. The success of the approach relies on careful planning, clear communication, and proactive management of potential challenges.
    Adopting an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project can have many implications, both positive and challenging.
    Positive Implications implications
    1. flexibility and Adaptability: Iterative approaches allow for flexibility and adaptability throughout the event planning process. This means that as new information emerges or requirements change, adjustments can be made easily without disrupting the entire plan.
    2. Continuous Improvement: Iterative methods encourage a cycle of continuous improvement. After each iteration or phase, lessons learned can be applied to enhance subsequent phases, leading to a more refined and optimized event setup.
    3. Client Satisfaction: Clients may benefit from a more responsive and client-centric approach. Iterative methods often involve regular feedback loops, ensuring that the client’s evolving needs and expectations are considered and met throughout the project.
    4. Risk Mitigation: Identifying and addressing risks becomes an ongoing process. By regularly reviewing and adapting plans, potential issues can be identified early, allowing for proactive mitigation strategies.
    5. Quality Control: Iterative approaches provide opportunities for ongoing quality control. Regular reviews and inspections ensure that each component of the event setup meets the desired standards, reducing the likelihood of errors or oversights.
    Challenging Implications:
    • Time and Resource Management: Iterative approaches may require careful time and resource management. The need for regular reviews and adjustments can consume additional resources, and if not managed effectively, it may lead to project delays or increased costs.
    • Communication Challenges: Effective communication becomes critical in an iterative model. Stakeholders need to be well-informed about the ongoing changes, and the team must be synchronized to avoid misunderstandings or conflicts.
    • Scope Creep: The iterative nature of the approach may lead to scope creep if not properly managed. Continuous adjustments and additions to the plan may result in an expansion of the project scope beyond the initially defined boundaries.
    • Documentation and Tracking: Maintaining thorough documentation and tracking progress can become more complex in an iterative setting. Without proper documentation, it may be challenging to trace changes, leading to potential confusion or difficulties in project evaluation.
    • Client Expectation Management: Clients may need to be educated about the iterative approach and understand that certain aspects of the plan may evolve over time. Managing client expectations and ensuring alignment with the iterative process is crucial to avoid dissatisfaction.
    What are the implications of an agile approach?
    Implementing an Agile approach in setting up an event as a project offers advantages such as adaptability to change, client collaboration throughout the project, incremental delivery of project components, the integration of cross-functional teams for holistic collaboration, and a focus on continuous improvement. However, challenges include potential uncertainty in defining project scope, managing resources effectively, ensuring consistent client availability for collaboration, finding the right balance between documentation needs and Agile principles, and addressing potential resistance to change from team members or stakeholders accustomed to traditional project management approaches. The success of Agile implementation relies on effective communication, collaboration, and a commitment to Agile principles to navigate and overcome these challenges.
    Recommendation/If you were asked to advise the company, what would your advice be?
    My recommendation will for them to combine linear and Agile/iterative approaches, the company can capitalize on the strengths of each methodology, optimizing predictability in certain areas while fostering adaptability and continuous improvement in others. This hybrid strategy allows for a balanced and tailored approach to event project management.
     Project Segmentation: Divide the overall event project into phases or components based on predictability and changeability.
     Linear Approach for Defined Elements: Use a linear approach for well-defined and static elements, such as venue booking and equipment procurement.
     Agile/Iterative Approach for Dynamic Elements: Implement Agile/iterative methodologies for dynamic aspects like creative design and technological integrations.
     Integration of Phases: Establish a robust integration strategy to ensure seamless transitions between linear and Agile phases.
     Client Collaboration Throughout: Emphasize continuous client collaboration in both linear and Agile components for a client-centric approach.
     Clear Documentation Practices: Adopt clear documentation practices for legal, compliance, and reference purposes in linear phases. Maintain Agile artifacts for effective communication in iterative phases.
     Resource Allocation and Management: Allocate resources based on the characteristics of each phase, allowing flexibility and reallocation in Agile phases.
     Continuous Improvement Across Phases: Foster a culture of continuous improvement across both linear and Agile phases, applying lessons learned from Agile retrospectives.
     Change Management and Training: Address change management challenges by providing training and support for team members transitioning between linear and Agile phases.
     External Expertise for Agile Transition: Consider external expertise or Agile coaches to facilitate a smooth transition, offer insights, and align both approaches cohesively.

  279. MTD uses the linear project methodology, which may affect its operations as it cannot foresee any incontigencies. Using the iterative project method will help adjust to changing scenarios. If there were to be delays in any of the processes, the teams could easily adapt.

    Nonetheless, I will recommend the hybrid approach, as this will allow MTD proceed with its normal operations using the linear and adjust under necessary circumstances.

  280. As a project manager, I would apply sprints sessions to review all pending issues, block communication loopholes to address all issues. The benefit of applying the agile approach will provide the opportunity to respond to all structural issues.

  281. As a project manager am prepare to use MTD scheme but it’s need to adopt the iterative and agile approache which is that can be effective, depending on then nature of the event and the preferences of the organizing team and objectives

  282. This week, I’ve observed that MTD faces challenges in coordinating various event elements, such as vendor management and logistics. To assist, implementing a robust communication plan and using project management tools could enhance coordination.

    If an iterative approach were applied, it could lead to more flexibility in adapting to changes during the event planning process. However, potential drawbacks may include increased complexity and the need for clear communication to avoid confusion among team members.

    On the other hand, adopting an agile approach could provide a structured framework for MTD to respond quickly to client feedback and changing requirements. This might improve customer satisfaction, but it would require a cultural shift within the organization to embrace iterative development and continuous collaboration.

    If MTD sought my advice, I would recommend a hybrid approach, incorporating elements of both iterative and agile methodologies. This would allow for flexibility while maintaining a structured framework to manage uncertainties in event planning effectively

  283. As a project manager in charge of MTD, when challenges comes I will have to review my all my plans check out the Iterative and agile approach, view the one that has higher risk and consequences. Not all approach works for the same so I may apply VUCA framework but agile will be my best option.

  284. The insights gained this week are:
    – It is essential to have clear communication and strong collaboration among the team members to ensure the successful execution of any project.
    – An iterative approach to organizing a project can help in breaking down the project into smaller tasks and provide more flexibility in terms of changes and adjustments.
    – An agile approach can enable the team to respond quickly to unexpected challenges and allow for continuous improvement throughout the project.

    The consequences of adopting an iterative approach:
    – The project may take longer to complete as it involves multiple iterations and reviews.
    – There may be an increased risk of scope creep, as the team may tend to add more features or elements to the event.
    – The overall cost of the project could be higher due to the additional time and resources required for multiple iterations.

    The consequences of adopting an agile approach:
    – The project may require a more significant upfront investment in terms of time and resources for the initial planning and setup.
    – There may be a higher level of uncertainty and risk associated with the project, as the team will be required to make quick decisions and adapt to changing circumstances.
    – The overall cost of the project could be higher due to the increased need for flexibility and adaptability throughout the project.

    My recommendations are:
    – I will take note of the challenges of MTD’s project and how VUCA framework apply to it.
    – Based on the above information, I will know if the iterative or agile approach would be more suitable for their events.
    – In conclusion, Hybrid; a combination of both approaches can help MTD Events Company to successfully manage its events. I will also advise them to maintain an open communication and strong collaboration among the team members to ensure the successful execution of the event.

  285. I have learned about the VUCA frame work which uses different approaches.
    and that in project management profession, incorporating both linear and iterative project method and lifecycle can be compatibles considering the spectrum of techniques and practices they offer to deliver successful project in volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment. This i believe will be helpful in tackling MTD issues.
    I will suggest iterative approach which a kind of mini project and Agile approach which is very transparent with information and feedback because all the stake holders are involved, decisions are quick and corrections are immediate. So utilizing the tools and techniques of this approach will be helpful in meeting the challenges of managing projects in different contexts.

  286. If I were to advise MTD as a project manager, I would suggest combining both approaches. By taking an iterative and agile approach, MTD can benefit from the advantages of both methods. They can continuously refine their event setup process while remaining adaptable to evolving requirements. This means using the VUCA framework would be a guide while also employing the iterative and agile approaches when faced with problems along the line of implementation.

  287. As a Project manager collaborating with MTD, I will apply both the agile and iterative approach considering the changes and votality. Using the VUCA framework will also be helpful.

  288. •I learned about the VUCA framework which I’ll use with different approaches to help me develop suitable responses to the challenges MTD face.
    • An iterative approach is more like a mini-project with short cycles which doesn’t really require specific details, but rather an idea or vision that each iteration uses to produce and test outputs.
    These outputs are delivered regularly and frequently to get feedbacks from users and stakeholders.
    With this approach the teams see their efforts and clients are being engaged regularly which enables organizations get early return on investments.
    • Agile approach is very transparent with information and feedbacks come regularly which enables the team discover risks as early as possible and manage them.
    In this approach, decisions are made quickly and outputs are delivered all at once. The entire team is also responsible for completing tasks which is why skilled and experienced persons are assigned.
    • To ensure a flexible and adaptable project, I would recommend combining both approaches to tackle different challenges and deliver successful project.
    Why? Because that way clients are kept in the loop and their opinions matters while outputs will be delivered quickly.

    1. Different methodologies offer unique advantages, and the most suitable one often varies based on factors such as project size, complexity, team expertise, and organizational culture.
      For event planning, both iterative and agile approaches can be effective, depending on then nature of the event and the preferences of the organizing team. Iterative approaches provide continuous refinement, while agile methodologies emphasize adaptabilty and customer satisfaction.

      1. A hybrid approach will be better handling the MTD project. It will start off as a linear approach, but due to uncertainty in say the quality or even quantity of water or maybe there may not be enough pressure in the buffers for reusing the waste water, I may have to switch to an agile approach and create sprints.

  289. As a PM with The company I will really adopt the mixed or hybrid approach not just the iterative approach because of the complexity , uncertainty that’s the VUCA Considerations of planning an event in our world today.

    A careful development of combined techniques that will be suitable for the project will be adopted as adaptive to the project. Re assessing milestones and feedback methods will be paramount to reflecting user and sponsors needs

    1. As a PM I’ll adopt the two approach and properly work with them because where one fails the other serves as a scaffold. This will help not to be stranded while running a project

    1. As a project manager I would rather adopt the mixed or hybrid methodologies which is a more robust and flexible in adapting to changes that might occur during the project

    2. As a project manager working with the company I’ll carefully combine the techniques that are suitable for the project to ensure its success.

  290. Well implementing a robust communication plan and using project management tools could help.
    My advice would be Using an iterative approach, which would lead to more flexibility in adapting to changes during the event planning process and agile methodologies which would lead to flexibility while maintaining a structured framework to manage uncertainties.

    Well, training of team members on these methodologies should be done for successful implementation.
    Thanks

  291. Considering the unpredictable nature of challenges and risk factors, working in MTD as a project manager own would need to embrace the hybrid approach; a combination of linear and iterative approaches to effectively mitigate the risk factors and for productive project delivery.

  292. As a Project manager for MTD and considering the myriads of challenges that one could face in the course of any of the event, one that i can think of is in the area of possible requirement for more water points during the event in areas possible around the car park areas where people may converge to first sort themselves out before proceeding into the arena of the event. And the possibility of the local water company not being able to push more water into our facility or possibly due to space constraint and not having a place to locate our buffer bag or tank. In such a case all knowledge will come to bear using the iterative approach or hybrid approach. Hence, we may need to consider building a make shift water station around a water tanker bearing water not taking more than two car space around the center of the car park to cater for such demand. In this case the event which is a project (Linear in this case) and considering the challenges and limitations VUCA principles comes into play and while considering the fact that these modifications are coming into play and was not considered at the beginning , the iterative or hybrid approach comes into play to help mitigate the need fo the event.

  293. Use the method that bests suit the project on the level of your understanding with the expert knowledge of project team at your disposal.

  294. If you take an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project the implication will be one of wasting time, resources, and money or one of efficient use as there will or will not be a return on investment (ROI) for all the effort put into the project just due to an unfit approach as an iterative approach allows for flexibility, change and utmost feedback amongst stakeholders and the customers being served or serviced.

    My advice to the company will be that they must be open to the hybrid approach where they can mix the required lifecycle associated with an unstable environment and that associated with a stable one. As this would indeed help them know what change to expect and what to do when the change comes; be it a simple, complicated or complex change.

  295. A PM is expected to understand first the nature and dynamic of a project, which will eventually determine the style of approach to use. And also communication becomes very important in achieving success in a project. The project manager has to have a good understanding of his team and provide them good leadership ane support to enable them achieve set objective. Like i said earlier the dynamic nature of a project determine what style use.. As for me i can use both the linea with an application of the VUCA to enable achieve success in my project. Like in the MDT case where careful decision where made, better options where explode to achieve success at the end of the day.

  296. As a project manager at MTD, I will implement the use of VUCA framework tools to develop suitable response for the issues and challenges of the event project.
    I will identify the problem and challenges, apply the VUCA framework tools in order to develop a suitable response to the problems already identified, and apply the Linear and Iterative Lifecycle approaches to tackle problems and challenges encountered along the line of implementation. This would make it feasible enough to tackle any complexity, ambiguity, uncertainty and volatility of the project.

  297. This week, I learned that clear communication and collaboration are key in project management. For MTD, it’s important to have open channels of communication and involve all stakeholders throughout the event setup process.
    If I were to advise MTD, I would suggest combining both approaches. By taking an iterative and agile approach, MTD can benefit from the advantages of both methods. They can continuously refine their event setup process while remaining adaptable to evolving requirements. This way, they’ll be able to deliver successful and customer-centric events.

  298. I learned that when faced with a project, I must first analyze either by using the VUCA framework or the ‘simple, complicated, complex’ framework to know what approach to apply. At the same time, consider that there is no ‘right answer’ to dealing with project issues.
    It is essential to determine hypothetically what kind of project lifecycle the project will look like to find the best method. As a Project Manager, I will have an open mind to enable me deploy a spectrum of methods especially when faced with a myraid of challenges.

    Using the iterative approach can help with testing project ideas, getting feedback from stakeholders, retrospecting, and determining the next line of approach. The implication of an agile approach is the short timeframe and adaptability it allows: this eliminates waste, and is not stringent on tools or processes to deploy.
    The agile method is big on collaborations, clarity in details, increased team efficiency, etc.

    I would advise the company to communicate their ideas while I discuss this with my project team, where we analyze the project using a framework. I will also use the iterative approach to enable me to get reviews to ascertain the progress and direction of the project.

  299. There’s no specific approach in project management. A project manager must determine an approach based on the realities present in the enviand how it affects the project. The PM might choose to use both or any of the approach based on how it fits and provides solution.

    Iteration approach makes it easier for team members to effectively and quickly make changes to the project dues to changes in the environment.

    With Agile project management, primary constraints, such as time and cost, can be continuously evaluated. Rapid feedback, collaboration, continuous adaptation and Q&A best practices are built into teams’ schedules, which ensures quality output and a streamlined process.

  300. Having observed the MTD events situation, I would say they fall short in effective coordination of events and using the linear approach as their pm would cause a lot of challenges as events are uncertain and volatile in nature and such flexibility is required which the linear doesn’t provide room for.

    Also adopting just the agile approach would promote flexibility but would also require a cultural shift in the organization

    I would rather adopt the hybrid approach which is the combination of linear and agile using the VUCA framework to best tackle the challenges faced by MTD events. For effectively planning of events, also maintaining a structured organization to manage uncertainties.

  301. As the project manager working with MTD, I’ve learned several valuable insights this week that could help address challenges and improve project management:

    Dynamic Nature of Events:

    Events are inherently dynamic, with requirements and details often evolving as the event date approaches. It’s crucial to have a flexible approach that allows for changes in scope, schedule, and priorities.
    Communication and Collaboration:

    Effective communication and collaboration are essential. Regular check-ins with the team, stakeholders, and vendors can help ensure everyone is on the same page and that any emerging issues are addressed promptly.
    Technology Integration:

    Utilizing project management tools and event-specific software can significantly enhance organization and coordination. Integration of technology can streamline processes, enhance communication, and provide real-time updates on project status.
    Now, considering an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project:

    Iterative Approach:

    This involves breaking the project into smaller, manageable phases and continuously refining and improving each phase based on feedback. This could be beneficial for events, as it allows for early testing, adjustments, and ensures that changes can be accommodated more easily.
    Implications:

    Faster adaptability to changes in event requirements.
    Early identification and resolution of issues.
    Continuous improvement throughout the project.
    Now, considering an agile approach:

    Agile Approach:

    This is an iterative and incremental approach to project management, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between cross-functional teams. It emphasizes adaptability to change and customer satisfaction.
    Implications:

    Regular and frequent collaboration with stakeholders.
    Quick responses to changing requirements.
    Continuous delivery of small, valuable increments.
    Advice for MTD:

    Blend Iterative and Agile Approaches:

    Combine the strengths of both iterative and agile approaches. Use iterative cycles within an overall agile framework. This allows for continuous improvement while maintaining the agility to respond to changing client needs.
    Invest in Technology:

    Implement project management tools and event-specific software to enhance communication, collaboration, and real-time tracking of project progress.
    Focus on Communication:

    Emphasize regular communication within the team and with stakeholders. This ensures that everyone is aware of changes, challenges, and the current status of the project.
    Training and Skill Development:

    Provide training and support for team members to adapt to iterative and agile methodologies. This includes building skills in collaboration, adaptability, and using relevant technology.
    Risk Management:

    Develop a robust risk management strategy to identify potential challenges early and plan for contingencies. This is particularly important in the dynamic environment of event management.
    By adopting a flexible, iterative, and agile approach, MTD can enhance its ability to deliver successful events, adapt to changes, and continually improve its project management processes.

  302. Building awareness and analyzing MTD’s situations will help the organization to develop appropriate responses to the difficulties and problems that MTD encounters in their projects. The VUCA framework would be an effective tool for this.

    If an iterative approach were employed in organizing an event as a project, the risks would be mitigated on time at a low cost. Also, there would be effective communication and transparency among the project team and stakeholders.

    I would recommend the use of Hybrid approach, incorporating the strong points of both the linear and iterative approaches.

    1. Adopting an agile approach has several implications, including;
      1.Flexibility
      2.Customer collaborations
      3.Iteractive development
      4.Faster time to market
      5.Improved communication
      6.Risk management
      7.Continuos improvement
      8.Adaptability to change
      9.Enhanced quality
      10.Empowered teams.
      While adopting agile offers numerous benefits, its success depends on proper implementation, team collaboration, and a commitment to agile principles

  303. A kick off meeting is a launch meeting I have in mind

    What does the event need
    1. Alignment
    2. Team bonding
    3. Motivation
    4. Clarification
    5. Communication

    Who should attend

    1. Project team
    2. Key stakeholders
    3. Project sponsors

    Activities to be included
    1. Project overview
    2. Team introduction
    3. Q&A session
    4. Stakeholder engagement

    How will I & the team perform
    1. Enhance communication
    2. Establish relationship
    3. Share vision
    4. Increase motivation

    1. This week, I’ve observed that MTD faces challenges in coordinating various event elements, such as vendor management and logistics. To assist, implementing a robust communication plan and using project management tools could enhance coordination.

      If an iterative approach were applied, it could lead to more flexibility in adapting to changes during the event planning process. However, potential drawbacks may include increased complexity and the need for clear communication to avoid confusion among team members.

      On the other hand, adopting an agile approach could provide a structured framework for MTD to respond quickly to client feedback and changing requirements. This might improve customer satisfaction, but it would require a cultural shift within the organization to embrace iterative development and continuous collaboration.

      If MTD sought my advice, I would recommend a hybrid approach, incorporating elements of both iterative and agile methodologies. This would allow for flexibility while maintaining a structured framework to manage uncertainties in event planning effectively. Additionally, investing in training for team members on these methodologies would be crucial for successful implementation.

  304. As a Project Manager collaborating with MTD, an event company: The insights gained that could offer assistance with difficulties and problems encountered include:
    I. The holistic understanding and application of the VUCA framework.
    II. Unpacking decision-making using the Volatility, Uncertainty, Complex, and Ambiguity dimensions as adapted from Bennet & Lemoine,2014.
    III. An understanding of the Linear and Iterative approach in Project management.

    If an iterative approach were employed in organizing an event as a project,the consequences & implications would include:
    1. Appropriate Feedback from end users.
    II. Continuous value delivery with each iteration rather than only at the end of the project.
    III. Ideas are always brainstormed on and tested.
    IV. The viability of the Project is also known
    V. Outputs are at regular intervals.

    MY RECOMMENDATIONS TO MTD EVENT COMPANY.
    I. Employ the use of Agile & Iterative practices for project executions/planning.
    II. Always plan to mitigate the challenges posed by”VUCA”.

  305. Yes I recognise these stages from experience. The business behaviours I witnessed in each stages are:
    1. Forming stage: this was characterized by site visit and kick-off meeting

    2. Storming stage: conflict arose between team members. Meeting was set-up to reconcile both parties

    3. Norming: characterised by weekly project meeting

    4. Performing: characterised by project milestone been hit

    5. Adjourning: characterised by project close-out

  306. As a PM assigned to work with MTD, , it’s best to 1st, understand the project, next is to study the environment where the project will be carried out. This is very necessary to aid in determining the best approach to use, whether Agile, Iterative or Hybrid.

    Using an iterative approach in setting an event project:-
    The implications is that
    – the event project risk would be reduced, changes would be easily implemented
    -Adaptability, collaboration and efficiency in work and communication would be enhanced.
    An iterative approach brings the advantage of managing risks by exploring the environment in bits rather than at one go. So in planning an event, in an uncertain or new context, MTD should consider iterative approach in order to understand the environment and users better before drawing up a concrete plan that might be executed in a linear approach since it involves constructions.

    My advice for the Company would be to imbibe the Hybrid approach has it would allow for flexibility, reduce risk, and enhance stakeholder satisfaction.

  307. The type of project management approach to adopt depends largely on the environment and working conditions. The implications of each project approach will have an impact on the outcome or results.

    The Linear Approach is more suited to a stable environment and helps for improved collaboration and continuous improvement.

    However, an Iterative Approach is better when the business strategy and project scope is likely to change as such feedback is required after every iteration. This requires a clear and clean communication between all the stakeholders.

    From my understanding of the project management approaches, I would advise for a Hybrid Approach to combine tools and techniques from both approaches in-order to create a flexible and adaptable project lifecycle.

  308. How to get common understanding of aim and purpose of the project.

    1. Project charter
    2. Stakeholder engagement
    3. Clear communication
    4. Feedback mechanism
    5. Regular reviews

    How to foster collaborating working to allow various team members to work together

    1. Team bonding
    2. Conflict resolution
    3. Regular meetings
    4. Feedback culture

    One of the experience of challenges I have had in a project is two team members had a disagreement that resulted in delay in the project. When it got to the knowledge of the project manager, a meeting was set up to resolve the conflict

  309. A project team is the group of people responsible for executing the tasks and producing deliverables outlined in the project plan & schedule as directed by the PM at whatever level of effort or participation defined for them

    What makes teams so great:
    1. Positive atmosphere in the team
    2. Cooperative relationships
    3. Participative relationship
    4. Distinctly stated objective & roles
    5. Open & transparent communication
    6. Effective decision making
    7. Well adjusted participation
    8. Effective management of conflict

  310. This week, I have learnt that selecting the right approach to the challenges faced by projects depends on the environment.

    The implications of taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project are

    1. Improved collaboration
    2. Continuous improvement
    3. Adaptability to changing requirements

    Implications of taking an agile approach are

    1. Effective communication

    My advice to MDT company is to understand the type of environment each project posits and select which approach is best to manage the project

  311. As the project manager of MTD, the first thing I need to acknowledge is that a project may require different approaches. So, the project team will have to adapt to the challenges and needs of the project environment.

    From my experience as a part of school event planning teams, there are three different phases of event planning: Pre-, During-, and Post-event with each having its own plan and activities.

    The approaches should be tailored to the kind of activities involved as many tasks in the pre-event stage can be done simultaneously, favouring an agile approach.

    Pre-event planning includes many activities, from research for the venue to hiring contractors, facilitators, choosing a date, coming up with the event schedules and marketing campaigns. Adopting an agile approach means the team can work faster to get all necessary things in place while being able to adjust quickly to any unexpected changes.

    An agile approach will allow the team to take calculated decisions to reduce risks of failure during the event. Team members can do non-conflicting tasks at the same time. For example, after the event, the marketing team can work on the post-event communication at the same time the finance team is working on the financial reports for how the budget was spent throughout the event.

    Setting up an event as a project can be complex, and an iterative or hybrid approach will help MTD negotiate these complexities, choosing the most viable response when faced with challenges.

    1. An iterative approach brings the advantage of managing risks by exploring the environment in bits rather than at one go. So in planning an event, in an uncertain or new context, MTD should consider iterative approach in order to understand the environment and users better before drawing up a concrete plan that might be executed in a linear approach since it involves constructions.

  312. As a project manager working with MTD, studying their past projects, I should know that projects are not carried out successfully using only one approach. That is where flexibility comes to play, combing both approaches will give a well detailed and successful project in which both clients, sponsors and even team member will be satisfied, taking the iterative approach allows for continuous improvement/growth, flexibility. As a PM in MTD the VUCA framework tools are very essential in developing the best and suitable problems and solutions to be given them
    An agile approach can help MTD respond swiftly to clients evolving client needs.
    My sincere advice to MTD is to integrate both approaches to ensure success to projects.

    1. As a project manager working with MTD, It is very important to know that projects are not carried out successfully using only one approach. That is where flexibility comes to play, combing linear and iterative approaches will give a well detailed and successful project to the project manager in which both clients, sponsors and even team members will be satisfied. The linear approach allows you to work speedily, because their is deployment, while the iterative approach allows for continuous improvement/growth, flexibility, because their is no deployment.

  313. To me, both linear and interactive Approaches are best ways to achieve a well successful project, but interactive is more suitable in my opinion, bcos it gives way or room fo more ideas and interaction as a strategy in accomplishing the project.

    1. As a PM in MTD i will simultaneously use both the linear and agile approaches in managing the event projects and also derive wealth of information from all the historical projects and events executed by the company.

  314. As a PM at MTD, I Would be flexible in my approaches.putting in mine that different projects comes with different challenges.

    This week, I’ve learned that effective communication and coordination among team members are crucial for project success. Clear project goals, roles, and expectations contribute to smoother execution.

    Taking an iterative approach in setting up an event allows for continuous improvement and flexibility. It enables MTD to adapt to changes, refine processes, and deliver a more refined event experience.

  315. The environment dtermines the best suited approach or combination of both approaches that will enhance the most adjusted methods for achieving the goals of the project and sustaining success.

  316. The VUCA concept is legendary considering the volatile nature of this part of the world.It’s the game for me because alot of external factors that are associated with the society that we live in and carry out projects affects project management in general.Both linear and iterative approach to management is required for commplex

  317. As a PM working with MTD, I will use the both approaches in any project by the means of flexibility because every projects is unique

  318. Taking into account the elements of ventures embraced by MTD and the probable difficulties and issues that might emerge, I have discovered that we experience a daily reality such that is dynamic and quickly developing; accordingly, project directors should continually create and develop to effectively, handle projects in a specific climate.

    Consolidating VUCA system, will assist the venture chief with understanding the climate in which the tasks will be embraced and a mixed drink of suitable methodologies and practices to take on in dealing with those undertakings.

    Iterative Methodology: It is a course of rehashed cycles which take into consideration correction and improvement, with each cycle expanding upon the past one. However projects are separated into a few emphasess, with every cycle filling in as a criticism circle which offers an opportunity to completely survey progress hitherto and make changes, Iterative methodology utilizes one generally project timetable that pushes toward a bunch of expectations presented during project conclusion.
    In exhorting the Organization:

    Embrace Iterative and Dexterous Practices: Empower the utilization of iterative and spry methodologies in occasion project the board to increment adaptability, diminish chance, and upgrade partner fulfillment.
    Coordinated stresses close joint effort among colleagues and partners, advancing straightforwardness and viable correspondence all through the undertaking.

    Focus on Consumer loyalty: Put a significant norm on addressing client needs and consolidate their input all through the task lifecycle to guarantee a fruitful and fulfilling occasion insight

    1. As PM working with MTD company, know how different projects comes with its own challenges, I will use both methods for flexibility purposes

    2. As PM working with MTD company, knowing how different projects comes with its own challenges, I will use both methods for flexibility purposes

  319. I think both the linear and iterative are the best ways to accomplish a successful project but as a Project Manager for MTD, i will identify the problems and challenges then apply the VUCA framework tools just to develop the best and suitable response to the problem that has already been identified.

  320. This week, I’ve learned that effective communication and coordination among team members are crucial for project success. Clear project goals, roles, and expectations contribute to smoother execution.

    Taking an iterative approach in setting up an event allows for continuous improvement and flexibility. It enables MTD to adapt to changes, refine processes, and deliver a more refined event experience.

    An agile approach further enhances adaptability by promoting collaboration, customer feedback, and incremental progress. It can help MTD respond swiftly to evolving client needs and industry trends.

    My advice would be to integrate both iterative and agile methodologies. Establish a solid foundation with iterative planning, allowing for adjustments, and employ agile practices to foster responsiveness and customer satisfaction throughout the event project lifecycle.

  321. Considering the difficulties and problems that MTD encounters in their projects, the insights I have you gained this week that I would offer as a Project Manager of MTD is to maintain the DNA of the projects by applying the VUCA framework tools in order to develop a suitable response to the problems already identified. I will also apply the iterative approach to tackle problems and challenges encountered along the line of implementation since this will allow the team to easily incorporate any lessons learned from the runs and continually improve the development process.

    What would the implications of taking up an iterative approach?
    The Implications are:
    1. Increased risk of scope creep.
    2. Inflexible planning and requirements.
    3. Vague timelines.
    What are the implications of adopting an agile approach?
    The implications of adopting agile approach are Resources and Technology

  322. My advise to MTD as a project manager is that adapting both approaches which are the linear and iterative are the best ways to accomplish a successful project. But on the other hand, making use of iterative approach is more suitable because there’s room for more ideas, feedback and changes can be made in the process of accomplishing a project.

    1. As a Project Manager, my advise to the MTD is to use both methods wherever possible, depending on the environment, circumstances and conditions.

      Reply

  323. With the learning this week, approaching a project with the two method is the best way to manage a project in some cases depending on the nature, environment and other features of the project. Each methods have its own advantages and disadvantages, incorporating both method gives the best result. As a project manager for MTD, I will incorporate the VUCA tool to identify my challenges and will use that to determine the best approach for the project, I will document the project progress and integrate a feedback mechanism.

  324. Isibhakhomen Angel Alimikhena

    From I have gathered so far setting up a project can be approached through either iterative or linear approach, each with its own characteristics and advantages. The nature of the project can influence the choice of approach.
    Iterative approaches are often favoured for projects with evolving requirements, while linear approaches may be suitable for well-defined projects.
    In practice some projects may incorporate elements of both approaches,utilizing a Hybird or tailored approach that best suits the project unique characteristics and requirements.
    So a project manager working for MTD I will apply
    Adaptability
    Feedback integration
    Early driven value
    Clear structure
    Documented progress
    Risk managements
    As a remedy to solve the particular event.

  325. As a Project Manager, I would advise MTD to use both methods wherever possible, depending on the environment, circumstances and conditions.

  326. A project team is a group of individuals assembled to work together on a specific project, typically for a defined period of time with a clear set of objectives. Project teams are responsible for planning, executing, and completing projects to achieve specific goals or deliverables.
    Here are some key characteristics that differentiate project teams from other teams in an organization:

    Temporary Nature: Project teams are temporary and created for the duration of a specific project. Once the project is completed, the team disbands, and team members may be reassigned to other projects or teams.

    Specific Goals: Project teams are formed to achieve particular objectives, such as launching a new product, implementing a software system, constructing a building, or organizing an event. The goals are well-defined, and the team’s success is often measured by its ability to deliver on these goals.

    Cross-Functional: Project teams typically consist of members from different functional areas or departments within the organization. They bring diverse skills, expertise, and perspectives to the project. This cross-functional approach is valuable for tackling complex problems.

    Project Manager: A project team is usually led by a project manager who is responsible for planning, organizing, and controlling the project. The project manager is in charge of assigning tasks, managing resources, and ensuring that the project stays on track.

    Temporary Authority: Project team members often have dual reporting relationships. They report to their functional managers within their departments for day-to-day work but also report to the project manager for project-related activities. This temporary authority structure is designed to support the project’s success.

    Time Constraints: Project teams work under time constraints and deadlines. The duration of a project is limited, and the team must complete its work within the specified timeframe.

    Unique Composition: Project teams are often composed of individuals with the specific skills and expertise required for the project. Team members may come from different parts of the organization or even external contractors and consultants.

    Scope and Deliverables: Each project has a defined scope and set of deliverables. The project team’s primary responsibility is to meet these deliverables within the defined scope.

    Stakeholder Focus: Project teams consider the needs and expectations of various stakeholders, including customers, sponsors, and end-users, to ensure that the project’s outcomes align with their requirements.

    Risk Management: Project teams are often involved in identifying, assessing, and managing project risks to minimize the potential for issues or delays.

    While project teams have distinct characteristics, it’s essential to note that they are part of the broader organizational structure. They may collaborate with other teams or departments, and successful project outcomes contribute to the overall success of the organization. In contrast, other teams within the organization, such as functional or departmental teams, typically have ongoing roles and responsibilities related to the day-to-day operations of the company.

    1. This week, I’ve learned about streamlined communication tools that enhance collaboration among team members, which could address challenges in project coordination for MTD.
      Adopting an iterative approach to setting up an event would mean gradually refining event details based on feedback, potentially reducing last-minute changes.
      An agile approach could improve adaptability to evolving client needs and market trends.
      My advice would be to integrate agile methodologies, fostering open communication and regular feedback loops to enhance project flexibility and responsiveness.

  327. As a project manager for MTD. I would firstly discover what difficulties they are having. Then using the iterative approach that allows us to test ideas and get feedbacks, I would go for such approach. Getting the team working regularly and frequently, because at that point what is more important for the client is getting the project done.

    So with the aid of speed, feedbacks, negotiation and constant communication, I should be able to deliver my project accurately. The major implication I think I would encounter is the time limit which forces the project team to focus majorly on the highest priority requirement- which is getting the project done.

    However, this would help change (or even stop) a project in order to achieve a relatively low cost budget.

    1. As a project manager with the MTD, I will use the both approach, a linear approach may be more suitable for a water distribution project in a company like MTD. A linear approach typically involves a sequential and structured process, where each step is completed before moving on to the next. In this case, the process could involve purifying and testing the water, followed by distributing it through the existing pipeline channels to households, industries, and event centers. However, in the case of a contingency like a natural disaster, the approach taken for the water distribution project may need to be adjusted from a linear method to a more iterative approach. An iterative approach allows for flexibility and adaptability in response to changing circumstances. It involves breaking the project into smaller, manageable phases or iterations, where each iteration can be planned, executed, and evaluated separately. This allows for adjustments to be made based on the evolving situation caused by the natural disaster.

  328. Considering the dynamics of projects undertaken by MTD and the likely challenges and issues (scope creep, budget constraints, revised deadlines, vendor defaults, natural disasters, etc.) that may arise, I have learned that we live in a world that is dynamic and rapidly evolving; therefore, project managers must constantly develop and evolve to successfully, handle projects in any particular environment.

    Incorporating VUCA framework, will help the project manager understand the environment in which the projects will be undertaken and a cocktail of appropriate approaches and practices to adopt in managing those projects.

    Iterative Approach: It is a process of repeated cycles which allow for revision and improvement, with each cycle building upon the previous one. Though projects are divided into several iterations, with each iteration serving as a feedback loop which offers a chance to thoroughly review progress thus far and make changes, Iterative approach uses one overall project timeline that moves toward a set of deliverables offered during project closure.

    Pros For MTD:

    Quality Control: Iterative approach provides better control over the project by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable cycles. This helps to improve the overall quality of the project.

    Risk management: Iterative approach allows for better risk management by identifying and addressing issues early in the project.

    Stakeholder involvement: Iterative approach encourages stakeholder involvement throughout the project. This leads to better communication, minimised errors, and better outcomes.

    Cons For MTD:

    Project progress is highly dependent on the risk assessment phase

    Significant resources might be needed.

    Significant scope creep can deviate the project from its initial objectives

    Challenges in time and cost estimation.

    Agile Approach: It is an iterative and incremental approach where sprints (iterations) are time-boxed (limited to certain amount of time, 1 to 4 weeks) and emphases are laid on collaboration, flexibility, continuous improvement and customer satisfaction in the management of the project.

    Pros For MTD:

    Flexibility: Flexibility and the ability to adapt to changes are encouraged by Agile approach, which allows MTD team to prioritise, focus and respond quickly to changing requirements or customer feedback.

    Collaboration: Agile approach enhances collaboration between MTD team members, stakeholders, and customers. This engenders a more cohesive and productive MTD team which can yield a higher quality end product or better outcomes.

    Transparency: Agile approach promotes transparency through visible progress and open communication between MTD team members, stakeholders and customers. This can involve clear reporting and tracking of project status and issues while ensuring that everyone is aligned and working towards the same project goal.

    Risk Management: Agile approach divides projects into smaller, more manageable bits that can be completed and evaluated within sprints. It therefore, permits the identification and quick resolution of potential risks that could impact project success.

    Continuous Improvement: Agile approach enhances continuous improvement as MTD team regularly reviews their progress and identify areas where they can improve their processes and performance.

    Customer satisfaction: Agile approach prioritizes customer satisfaction in which the customer is involved throughout the project, providing feedback and direction to the team. This ensures that the end product meets or exceeds the customer’s needs and expectations.

    Value Delivery: The Agile approach can allow MTD team to deliver working solutions faster through prioritising the most critical project elements, in which stakeholders can begin benefiting from the project’s output, much earlier.

    Cons For MTD:

    If there is a fixed scope, budget or timeline for MTD in setting up an event as project, Agile approach may not be well-suited for the project as it may be difficult to implement.

    Agile approach requires a high degree of collaboration and communication among team members. If MTD team members are unable to effectively, work together, then an Agile approach may not be successful.

    In Agile Project management practices, trainings may be expedient for teams. For MTD team, a significant investment of time and resources may be required.

    Advice For MTD:

    Choosing the right approach for setting up an event as a project will depend on several factors including project scope, MTD team size, budget, customer needs, the proposed project environment, etc. Therefore, it is expedient to apply the VUCA framework to understand the environment in which the projects will be undertaken and adopt the appropriate approach or combination of approaches to manage the project.

    Nevertheless, the Agile approach is well-suited for projects that require flexibility and collaboration, while the Iterative approach is well-suited for projects that require better risk management and quality control. The Event organiser and the project sponsor’s priorities will play a critical role in the approach to be adopted.

  329. Taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project:

    1. Continuous Improvement: An iterative approach allows for ongoing refinement and improvement of event planning processes. You can gather feedback and make adjustments throughout the project, ensuring that the event’s details, logistics, and attendee experience continually improve. This approach promotes adaptability and responsiveness to changing requirements.

    2. Enhanced Stakeholder Collaboration: An iterative process encourages frequent interaction with stakeholders, such as clients, sponsors, and event attendees. This collaborative approach ensures that their input is considered at every stage, leading to a better alignment of the event with their expectations and needs.

    3. Risk Mitigation: By breaking the event planning process into smaller, manageable iterations, you can identify and address potential issues early in the project. This approach helps in mitigating risks, as problems can be identified and resolved before they escalate, ultimately leading to a smoother event execution.

    Implications of an Agile approach to event planning:

    1. Flexibility and Adaptability: An Agile approach is highly flexible and allows for changes in event requirements even late in the planning process. This adaptability is beneficial when dealing with evolving client preferences, last-minute adjustments, or unexpected challenges, making it easier to meet dynamic event goals.

    2. Incremental Deliveries: Agile encourages incremental deliveries, enabling you to provide partial event solutions quickly. This can be advantageous in demonstrating progress to stakeholders and generating early excitement or support for the event.

    3. Frequent Communication: Agile prioritizes frequent communication and collaboration with stakeholders. This ensures that their feedback and insights are continually incorporated into the planning, resulting in an event that closely aligns with their expectations.

    If asked to advise the company, I would recommend combining both approaches when setting up an event as a project. An iterative approach can be employed for the broader event planning process, allowing for continuous refinement and improvement. Simultaneously, an Agile approach can be used for specific components or features within the event that require flexibility and rapid adaptation. This combination can help strike a balance between stability and adaptability, ensuring a successful and well-executed event that meets the evolving needs of clients and stakeholders.

  330. As a PM I will incorporate various project management strategies to lead to the completion of the work. By using the iterative approach, I will be able to get the user’s and customers’ feedback at each stage of the project. Applying the necessary framework enables the use of definitive approaches to ensure the effectiveness and completion of the project. My advice to the company is that every event must be carefully evaluated, and effective strategies be developed for the changes that may occur at any phase

  331. i learnt that the two approaches are important for a PM a know but that of iteractives seems to be more safe and reliable since every point in time the client might want to add or remove something from the project ongoing. the linear approach is just like a straight line graph that doesn’t demand much stress. i will also introduce my VUCA in respect to handling this project. this particular topic has really help in dealing with my clients at the field as a filed engineer.

    1. As a Project Manager, considering the specific nature of MTD’s projects involving event setup, I recommend that the company embraces a flexible and hybrid approach that incorporates aspects of both iterative and Agile methodologies. This approach can be highly effective when accompanied by clearly defined project objectives, the use of Iterative Planning techniques, adherence to Agile principles, meticulous documentation, and well-structured communication channels with stakeholders.

      By implementing this approach, we can ensure that all project participants are well-informed and engaged at every stage of the project. This proactive communication and collaboration will result in a successful final output, efficient resource management, reduced risks, and, most importantly, increased customer satisfaction.

      1. Taking an iterative approach to setting up an event as a project allows for incremental progress and feedback, which can be beneficial for large, complex events. It enables you to make adjustments as you go, accommodating changing requirements and reducing the risk of significant issues arising. However, it may be less efficient for small, well-defined events.

        An agile approach, on the other hand, emphasizes flexibility and collaboration. It’s particularly useful when requirements are likely to change, or when the event’s goals are evolving. Agile encourages regular communication with stakeholders and adjusting plans as necessary.

        If advising a company on event project management, I’d recommend the following:

        1. Assess the nature of the event: Consider the size, complexity, and how likely requirements are to change. For large events or those with evolving goals, an iterative or agile approach may be suitable.

        2. Define clear objectives: Regardless of the approach, ensure that event goals and success criteria are well-defined from the start.

        3. Select the appropriate methodology: Choose either an iterative or agile approach based on the nature of the event and the company’s project management capabilities.

        4. Assemble a cross-functional team: Collaborate with individuals who have the necessary skills and experience, and maintain open communication.

        5. Create a flexible plan: Develop a project plan that accommodates change, but also provides structure and milestones.

        6. Regularly review and adapt: Continuously evaluate progress, gather feedback, and adjust plans accordingly.

        7. Ensure stakeholder engagement: Keep all relevant parties informed and involved throughout the project.

        Ultimately, the choice of approach depends on the specific circumstances and the company’s organizational culture and capabilities.

  332. This week’s learnings talked about iterative and linear approach to setting up a viable project which will be beneficial for MTD. Iterative project management is a style that allows continuous improvement, and adaptation to a changing environment factor or other circumstances.This seems to be cost effective.
    Agile approach focuses on team feedback ,and customer satisfaction and needs.

  333. At MTD, an iteration approach involves scheduling the work to be done during an iteration and assigning individual work items to members of the team.

  334. Project Management approaches is best suited to corresponding context for application. And each approach either ln

  335. My advise to MTD as a PM is to adapt the agile approach to projects because its the only way it can accommodate change. With the agile approach, we can always make reviews of the project, transparency to stakeholders, accountability in delivery, getting feedback from users thereby making every stakeholder in the project happy and satisfied which leads to success for everyone involved.

  336. As a project manager working with MTD, I would analyze the goals, scope and deadline of the project, evaluate the teams level of expertise and the stakeholders preferences before selecting a method for managing the project.

    As stated in the lesson, a project may begin by following the linear approach and the life cycle maybe adapted to incorporate the phases and practices from iterative projects according to the requirements of the organization and the challenges in it’s environment.

    By combining these approaches we are;
    •Increasing visibility and transparency
    •Improving stakeholders engagement
    •Providing assurance to sponsors and stakeholders
    •Testing ideas and learning user requirements
    •Accelerating delivery of project updates
    •Increasing accountability