project management


TCM 701 1

Exercise 15.1
Fitbit for Pets

Fitbit, Inc. is a consumer electronics firm known for its products of the same name, which are
activity trackers, wireless-enabled wearable technology devices that measure data such as the
number of steps walked, heart rate, quality of sleep, steps climbed, and other personal metrics
involved in fitness. The company has sold 120 million devises with 29 million users.

Building on its success with the human Fitbit product, the company is developing a companion
fitness tracker for pets. The first product launch is a Fitbit for medium to large size dogs that
would be worn with a traditional neck collar or shoulder harness. Using the working product
development name FitDog, this new product is scheduled to launch in 18 months.

This will be a major research and development endeavor with significant veterinary science
research, biotechnology development, GPS tracking and data communication, website
application development, and product and marketing research. First to market, reliability, and
animal ergonomics are critical success factors.

Determine if agile is a best approach for this project. Assess the advantages and
disadvantages along with your chapter reading description of agile projects; and compose an
informative argument for or against an agile approach to the FitBit for Pets project.

Compose your argument in 500-words or less and submit as a PDF document.

Exercise 15.2

The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) operates the federal government’s social
insurance program that covers 173 million workers. There are 65 million people receiving
retirement, disability, or survivors’ benefits from a $920 billion annual operating budget
(source: U.S. Social Security Administration,

Currently all social security tax contributions are invested in risk-free U.S. Treasury bonds and
bills, however under a proposed federal mandate, the SSA is launching to
allow workers and recipients to control how their contributions are invested.
would operate similar to where individuals can review and select a private
sector investment management company to manage their retirement fund, similar to how
private pensions, IRAs, and 401(K) retirement funds operate. is scheduled to
launch in 24-months.

You are the project manager for the project. This will be a major information
technology endeavor with significant software programming, website application development,

TCM 701 2
database equipment hosting networking, and financial transaction and personal information
protection. Quality and security are critical success factors.

Determine if agile is a best approach for this project. Assess the advantages and
disadvantages along with your chapter reading description of agile projects; and compose an
informative argument for or against an agile approach to the project.

Compose your argument to 500-words or less and submit as a PDF document.

TCM 701 1

The Newcastle Nursing and Rehabilitation Residence (NNRR) is a 135-bed skilled nursing
home. NNRR is considering converting a 36-bed wing of their main building for use by patients
who require ventilator-assisted breathing.

The rooms will be slightly smaller than optimum for ventilator patients, but just exceed the
recommended minimum square footage. Enlarging the rooms is not an economic option. In the
main, the conversion will require the addition of electrical wiring to power oxygen-concentrators
that extract 95 percent pure oxygen from room air, portable ventilators that supply the oxygen
under pressure to assist breathing, and small, motor-driven suction devices to remove excess
mucus from a patient’s airway. These rooms must also be connected to an emergency
generator that automatically starts and supplies electrical current if the main electrical supply
fails. Finally, pressure sensors must be connected from each ventilator unit to a sound device
located in the hallway of the ventilator wing. These units sound a strident signal and cause a
hallway light to flash if there is a sharp drop in the airway pressure of a ventilator patient. In
addition to these power needs associated with ventilator patients, power outlets are needed for
several machines that dispense tube feedings of medicines and nutrition, and for IVs, radios,
and similar entertainment devices. Each bed itself needs a power outlet as does the air
mattress pump. Because all rooms are double occupancy, each room needs two full sets of
the outlets.

The equipment noted earlier is normally plugged in at all times when the patient is in his or her
room. Otherwise well patients, however, are moved daily into a “day room” equipped with a
large screen TV and chairs and tables. Most patients must be moved with their portable
ventilators and concentrators or bottled oxygen. Patients who are well enough eat their meals
in the day room and socialize with each other and with visitors. (The socialization is a quiet
process because a large majority of the patients breathe through a tube inserted in their
trachea and are unable to speak aloud.)

The Senior Administrator, Steve Murphy, has decided to set up the conversion process as a
project. Mr. Murphy is considering the choice of a PM. He is trained in business, not hospital
design. He feels a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse might be an appropriate PM.
He also feels that a respiratory therapist (RT) might be a good choice because RTs are
responsible for using the major electrical equipment. Finally, he thinks that the installation and
placing of all the outlets might be better handled by a representative of the electrical contractor
who must carry out the major part of the room conversion.

Discussion Question: Would a professional project manager, without subject matter expertise,
be a better choice? Defend your position.

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