Project Management

This paper discusses the project management for Riordan Manufacturing that handles each step of electric fans from inception to production. Riordan Manufacturing’s largest plant is in Hangzhou, China where 251 employees work. This is Riordan’s largest joint venture and is where the plastic fans are manufactured.   Riordan has plans to move the Hangzhou plant to another location within the next five years. The new location is in the city of Shanghai, closer to the shipping port. By moving the Hangzhou plant to Shanghai, Riordan will save money on the costs that are incurred by trucking their products to Shanghai where they need to go to be shipped out of the country (UOP, 2010)
Steps to assemble, develop, and manage the project team
Project managers play a key role in developing their project teams. Each project manager will recruit members, conduct meetings, establish team identity, and create a common sense of purpose or a shared vision. These managers will also manage a type of reward system that will encourage teamwork, decision making, resolve conflict within the team, and rejuvenate the team members when their energy is low. To assemble and develop an effective team, a project manager needs to implement the five-stages of team development; forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning. These stages are important to any project. The cooperation and completion of these steps ultimately will determine the success or failure rate of the project.
Gray & Larson states that “project managers have found it useful to share the model with their teams. It helps members accept the tension of the storming phase, and it directs their focus to moving towards the more productive phases. Another implication is that it stresses the importance of the norming phase, which contributes significantly to the level of productivity experienced during the performing phase.”
Managing the execution of the Riordan Project
“The process of directing and managing...