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 jj52
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Since we're are about halfway through the semester I was wondering what part of a project may you find the most difficult?

Personally I feel that budgeting and providing positive clinical studies may be the most difficult. Although it is ideal to save money sometimes it is in the best interest of the project to spend more. This may cause a pause in the project due to the conversations that may need be held for approval. Clinical studies if needed become difficult if test begin to fail because without a solution the project will be at a standstill.

 

 
Posted : 12/03/2023 9:38 pm
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@jj52 I understand where you are coming from when you claim that budgeting and providing productive results may be the most difficult when it comes to a project. I would say that the budgeting aspect needs to be done correctly ahead of time to account for repeats during clinical trials if need be. In order to effectively determine budget allocation for clinical trials the project manager and other members who are outlining the budget would need to analyze the pre clinical trials data thoroughly to determine and predict the outcome of clinical trials and whether extra funding would need to be allocated. I personally think that resource management could be quite difficult to handle when working on a project. Since projects require a multitude of time, money, and resources any changes in the schedule or unforeseen issues that may arise could fully derail the project. The planning phase for the project may have not accounted for some events to occur and it is the responsibility of the project manager to be able to bring the project back on track after something unexpected does happen. An example of an issue occurring could be a warehouse catching fire and test batches of a product could have all burned down in the warehouse. This would set the team back countless days, weeks, or months and they would have to recoup their losses in some fashion in order to keep the client happy.

 
Posted : 12/03/2023 10:06 pm
 Wk46
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There are many areas of a project that can be difficult to plan out. Personally, I think risk management is likely the most difficult task for me. It's hard to predict the future and developing mitigation strategies is often a reactive task. Having hindsight to deal with these things involves doing a lot of competitor and past product research and understanding how they dealt with their risks, in addition to managing variables are specific to the company. This is especially true for projects that involve a high degree of uncertainty or complexity. For instance, if the project team identifies a risk of delays in development due to technical issues, they may develop a mitigation strategy of allocating more resources to the development team. However, if resources or timeline were already stretched thin, then this mitigation strategy may not work. Another difficult in risk management is also ensuring that the mitigation strategies are effective and efficient. More effort may be put into mitigation risk than actual doing the technical work.

 
Posted : 12/03/2023 10:30 pm
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I definitely see how budgeting and clinical studies may be the most difficult part of a project. However, I would consider clinical studies more along the lines of one of the most crucial parts of a project rather than the most difficult one. It is important in terms of results and what that means for the project and the product. However, I do think it’s easier to implement if planned properly. I consider budgeting and planning (WBS, Gantt Charts, Estimated Activity time, etc.) to be the most difficult part of a project. This is because most of the time, these estimations have to be made before execution starts, and when the execution of the project starts, it’s important to stick to the schedule made. If something goes wrong, then the whole schedule and budget is thrown off tracks. It’s not to say that if that does happen, it’s not salvageable. It is, but the initial planning process is so important that it decides how the rest of the project will go. For example, in the Mini Simulation 2, the time for animal studies was not allotted properly in the original schedule. If a solution was not reached, the project would have had to add 9 additional months to its timeline to complete the animal studies, or cancel or pause the project. This could cost the company a lot depending on how large the company is and how much funding it has. Therefore, I consider that to be the most difficult part of the project.

 
Posted : 12/03/2023 11:04 pm
 Dke2
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Posted by: @jj52

Since we're are about halfway through the semester I was wondering what part of a project may you find the most difficult?

Personally I feel that budgeting and providing positive clinical studies may be the most difficult. Although it is ideal to save money sometimes it is in the best interest of the project to spend more. This may cause a pause in the project due to the conversations that may need be held for approval. Clinical studies if needed become difficult if test begin to fail because without a solution the project will be at a standstill.

The most difficult part of a project is usually the execution or implementation phase, where all the planning and preparation must come together to produce the desired outcome. This can be especially challenging if unexpected obstacles arise or if there are gaps in knowledge or resources. This is an area where I have been looking to improve by researching how to set up successful experiments and finding feedback from where mistakes were made.

 
Posted : 19/03/2023 4:34 am
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I think some of the most difficult parts of a project would be the initial stage and, like the previous comments, the research/clinical trials. The initial stage would be difficult because if part of the discussion it could be challenging to decide how much budget should be allocated as well as a realistic timeline with good results. But if not part of the discussion, it would prove challenging to work with a given budget and timeline and dictate the smaller tasks to each team member and ensure everything has fluidity. If there is a good start, it becomes more manageable to continue with the project and create solutions for the possible problems, proving its importance.

Research/Clinical trials can prove difficult because it is a very time consuming step and can be very expensive. There are protocols to be followed and approved as well as supplies and lab space to purchase. It also takes long periods of time to ensure that the steps are done as needed and meet FDA regulations as well as the project requirements. This stage can have a high risk factor if not started and managed correctly.

 
Posted : 21/03/2023 11:22 pm
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I agree with @hk425 that budgeting and planning are the most difficult steps in a project, as well as the most important. However, I think designing a project’s schedule is the most difficult step in the planning phase.  It’s extremely difficult to design a successful timeline/schedule because both predicted and unpredicted adverse events may occur that throw the entire project off schedule. Creating a project schedule isn’t simply setting start/end dates for each task. Defining these dates requires lots of research, risk planning, etc. to predict as many adverse events as possible. Predicting these events allows for the project team to allot enough slack to risky tasks and ensure that if delays do occur, the entire project’s timeline won’t be affected too much. Unfortunately, even with risk analyses, unpredicted events do occur and cause delays, further emphasizing the importance of thorough research during the planning phase. Therefore, designing the project schedule/timeline is the most difficult part of the project because of all of the research and predictions that need to be made. What are some useful techniques to overcome the difficulties of designing a project timeline?

 
Posted : 04/04/2023 7:49 pm
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In my opinion, the most difficult part of a project is the planning and research phase. This phase is important because without proper and detailed planning, then the whole project can easily fall apart. This part is crucial to identify the objective/ purpose, resources needed, and a timeline. This part of the project requires a lot of attention and effort so that the project is completed successfully and in a timely manner. It is also important to include a contingency plan just in case a deadline was missed or a specific resource cannot be obtained. In the planning phase, extensive and thorough research is critical so that the project goals can be completed without more difficulty in the executing phase. If the planning phase is not thorough, then the execution phase will be a lot more difficult than it already is. It is also important to know that there may be times when something comes up unexpectedly that was not a part of the planning phase. It's important to adapt quickly and make a new plan to continue finishing the project in a timely manner.

 
Posted : 05/04/2023 10:15 pm
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