A wide variety of online and print media sources throughout the world share articles and issues experienced on projects. To keep abreast with contemporary project management issues, students will search for project management news from recognized sources to develop their understanding and knowledge about complexities and uncertainties in projects. This will help them to participate in, contribute to, lead, and succeed in future project opportunities.
While each of the four News Review Assignments will have a different topic to review, each should follow a similar process:
Choose an Article. The news should be taken from a business news source such as:
The Globe and Mail
The Vancouver Sun
The New York Times
Project Management Review, or
other recognized newspapers, journals, or magazines.
Articles should be at least 8-10 paragraphs to provide enough information for you to review.
Articles should discuss current events and should be no more than two months older than the assignment due date.
Avoid using articles published as editorials (opinions, columns), press releases, blogs, or general sources. While often interesting and informative, these tend not to be as thorough or present only one opinion on a topic.
Write an Introduction
The length of an introduction is usually one paragraph in length. Include a few opening sentences that announce the author(s) and the title, publisher, date of publication, and briefly explain the topic of the text.
The introduction should present the aim of the article and summarize the main finding or key argument.
Conclude the introduction with a brief statement of your evaluation of the text. This can be a positive or negative evaluation or as is usually the case, a mixed response.
Summarize the Article
Present a summary of the key points along with a limited number of examples.
You can also briefly explain the author’s purpose/intentions throughout the text and describe how the text is organized.
The summary should only make up about a third of the critical review.
Critique the Article
The critique should be a balanced discussion and evaluation of the strengths, weaknesses, and notable features of the text.
Remember to base your discussion on specific criteria.
Good reviews also include other sources to support the evaluation (remember to reference).
You can choose how to sequence your critique. Here are some examples to get you started:
Most important to least important conclusions you make about the text.
If your critique is more positive than negative, then present the negative points first and positive last.
If your critique is more negative than positive, then present the positive points first and negative last.
If there are both strengths and weaknesses for each criterion you use, you need to decide what your judgement is overall. For example, you may want to comment on a key idea in the text and have both positive and negative comments. You could begin by stating what is good about the idea, and then concede and explain how it is limited in some way. While this example shows a mixed evaluation, overall you are probably being more negative than positive.
In long reviews, you can address each criterion you choose in a paragraph, including both negative and positive points. For very short critical reviews (one page or less) where your comments will be briefer, include a paragraph of positive aspects and another of negative.
You can also include recommendations used in the critique section on how the text can be improved in terms of ideas, research approach, theories, or frameworks.
Write a Conclusion
This is usually a very short paragraph. Restate your overall opinion of the text.
Briefly present recommendations.
If necessary, include some further qualification or explanation of your judgement. This can help your critique sound fair and reasonable.
Cite Your References
Cite the source of your article in a properly formatted APA-style reference at the end of the review.
If you have used other sources in you review you should also include them in this reference list.
Remember to properly cite your reference if you refer to text from it, either directly in the form of a direct quote or indirectly if you paraphrase. Avoid plagiarism!
The review is to be written in accordance with APA style of writing. Each review must be no more than 400 words in total. Focus on the key points and learnings. All Individual Project Management News Reviews MUST be submitted through Moodle Turnitin. Similarity reports must not exceed 15%.
News Review 4: Continuous Process Improvement Program
Upon successful completion of this assignment, students should be able to:
recognize the continuous process improvements model (CPIM) for managing projects,
construct the process quality matrix (PQM) and zone mapping,
use and interpret tools for business process analysis, and
implement continuous improvements through the process of making small, incremental improvements within a business in order to improve the quality of project products, services and processes.
Today’s fast-paced, high-change project environments, coupled with organizations where formal project management may not be its strong suit, are often short on the necessary upfront planning.
Search relevant project management news in the media on a distressed project in Canada or any location in North America and provide practical ideas and strategies for the prevention, behaviour detection, analysis, recovery and control of the distressed projects, focusing on where the project is in relation to its original goals/targets, and realigning the project objectives.
Describe the continuous process improvements model as a way to improve the quality of project products, and to sustain a competitive position in fast-paced information-age industries.
Individual Project Management News Reviews will be marked in its entirety out of 100. The following rubric indicates the criteria students are to adhere to, and their relative weights to the assignment overall.
Activity/Competencies Demonstrated % of Final Grade
Critical Analysis and Research /70
a. Depth of analysis of project news /40
b. Relevance of research on project news /30
a. Uses language clearly and effectively /10
b. Information organized intelligently and holistically /10
Style and Mechanics /10
a. APA Referencing and formatting (title, headings, and references) /5
b. Spelling and grammar /5
Instructions A wide variety of online and print media sources throughout the wor
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