Week 7 Readings Biafore, Chapters 20, 21 and 22

Week 7 Readings Biafore, Chapters 20, 21 and 22. Week 7 Readings Biafore, Chapters 20, 21 and 22.

Based on the original project plan and using the format included in this week’s readings, develop an annotated outline for the final project report. Please include information and documentation from previous writing assignments. If no documentation exists, explain what would be included in each section of the final report, relating that to the project plan (not a generic definition of that section).
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Lecture Note
A successful project is often defined as coming in “on schedule, on budget, and within scope.” However, there is a fourth criterion for success: acceptance by the customer. Whether this is an internal organizational project or an endeavor for an external customer, the project is of no use to anyone if it does not satisfy the customer, no matter how efficiently it is managed. Customer acceptance may come in many forms, such as a handshake, the closing out of a financial account, or final payment from a customer. Regardless, it is the PM’s responsibility to make sure this occurs to his or her organization’s satisfaction.
Administrative closeout can be fairly straightforward, although mind-numbingly slow. Accounting and personnel systems often have their own unique rules which must be satisfied until the “official” end of the project can be declared. In some cases, especially with government customers, a percentage of the total project cost is withheld until all administrative steps have been completed. It is not unusual for this to take months, or even years.
One of the final tasks for the project manager is to organize all documentation from the beginning of the project and place in an archive. This may be a file drawer, or a directory on a workstation or server. While the PM may be anxious to move on to their next adventure, this is very crucial for a number of reasons. If a similar project comes up in the future, these artifacts can be used as references to avoid “reinventing the wheel.” They may be used as organizational resources to increase its capabilities and obtain future work on similar projects. Also, there may be legal or regulatory requirements to retain certain records, depending on the nature of the project. Even if the organization does not require their retention, it can be a good idea for a PM to retain the records for possible use on future projects.
While it may not be an organizational policy, it is always a good idea to conduct a project “post mortem” to discuss what went right, what went wrong, and how things could be done better on the next effort. This lessons learned process can be invaluable to document good practices and avoid future mistakes. While it might be a painful exercise for some participants, this can be invaluable to everyone if conducted in the spirit of learning, and not used as a tool for casting blame.
To summarize the past seven weeks, here are some points to remember as you work your projects in the future:
12 Golden Rules of PM Success
“Thou Shalt:
Gain Consensus on Project Outcomes
Build the Best Team You Can
Develop a Comprehensive, Viable Plan and Keep It Up to Date
Determine How Much Stuff You Really Need to Get Things Done
Have a Realistic Schedule
Not Try to Do More Than Can Be Done
Remember That People Count
Gain the Formal and Ongoing Support of Management and Stakeholders
Be Willing to Change
Keep People Informed of What You’re Up To
Be Willing to Try New Things
Become a Leader as Well as a Manager”
Source: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Project Management, 2nd Edition, Pg Insert
And lastly:
Six Phases of a Project
Enthusiasm
Disillusionment
Panic
Search for the guilty
Punishment of the innocent
Praise and honors for the non-participants
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Group Research Report and Presentation Overview of Project Working in a team,

Group Research Report and Presentation

Overview of Project

Working in a team, you will research and deliver a written report (15 pages double spaced) and an oral presentation (10 to 15 minutes) on a management topic contained in the textbook, but not covered in our learning modules (i.e., a topic that is listed in the textbook table of contents but NOT in the course content of your Blackboard). Here is a list of the topics to choose from on a first-come basis: 

Understanding and Working with Diverse Others (Ch 5)

Negotiation (Ch 9)

Managing Interpersonal and Organizational Conflict (Ch 11)

Achieving Business Results through Effective Meetings (Ch 12)

Effective and Ethical Use of Power and Influence (Ch 15)

Networking and Mentoring (Ch 16)

Leading and Empowering Self and Others (Ch 18)

Project Management (Ch 19)

Note:  Check the list of groups and project topics to see which topics have already been requested and assigned and which topics are still available.

Purpose of Project

The purpose of the project is to demonstrate your abilities in the skills covered thus far in the course (e.g., communicating, facilitating team success), while also allowing you to refine and demonstrate your ability to engage in research and critical thinking.  

Key Tasks

Form a group and notify instructor of your proposed topic.

Develop a contract and work plan that outlines how you will work together to complete this project (5% of course mark).

Identify the key points covered in the applicable chapter in your textbook.

Conduct additional research on your topic using at least 6 relatively recent (published in 2015 or later) academic peer-reviewed empirical articles from research journals plus supplemental content from professional associations and credible sources.

Paraphrase your findings (put into your own words to avoid plagiarism) and cite your sources using APA format.

Prepare a written report to outline your paraphrased findings (15% of course mark). Note: must include in-report citations and an APA reference list.

Develop a slide deck and record an oral presentation to your classmates about your key findings (10% of course mark).

Suggested Approach

Here is a brief outline of the steps that you will take to complete this project:

1.  Self-select into a group (or advise instructor you wish to be placed in a group).
Select your proposed topic. Email the instructor the names of your
group members and proposed topic no later than July 19.  

      Note: As submissions are approved on a first come basis, you may wish to
submit your topic as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

2.  Submit a Team Contract and Work Plan (use templates provided) by July 21
 that specifies your project objectives, agreed-upon processes for working
together, and assigned tasks for completing the required work, along with
associated due dates.  

     In particular, you should specify how you will communicate, make decisions,
resolve differences of opinion, and create documents in some kind of a shared
folder (e.g., google drive).  It is recommended that you use Blackboard
Collaborate for virtual team meetings and strive to use your web cam.  See
separate section on Blackboard for information on this tool. Many teams
the fatal mistake of thinking virtual meetings are not required as they can
communicate and do their work through text-based discussions (e.g.,
emails).  However, as you will see in the communication chapter,
misunderstandings and conflict often result from this limited communication
channel.  

     Your work plan should list all the tasks required to complete your project,
including who will submit the various required documents on behalf of the
team by the due dates. You will also need to assign responsibility
for all members to critique the content provided by others so that your
content is comprehensive, useful, and clearly presented.

3.  Scan the textbook content and other research material to determine the
scope of content that should be included in your work. The required six research
articles should be original, empirical, peer-reviewed research articles (e.g., Academy
of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Management,
Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business Ethics). You should also draw from
articles/webpages of credible professional associations and other media (e.g., Harvard
Business Review, Forbes, etc.).

4. Prepare an outline of proposed content for your written research report (does not get submitted):

    –  Introduction which provides some interesting information to hook the
audience’s attention and describe the importance/magnitude of the topic

    –  Body which is comprised of several paragraphs that convey your main points

    –  Conclusion which serves to summarize key learnings and encourage the
audience to take some action

    –  Reference List (contains all your research sources in APA format)
 
    –  Appendixes (supplementary information)

5.  Conduct detailed research and organize your research findings according to your
content outline.

     Use at least six academic peer-reviewed articles, in addition to your textbook
and other credible information sources such as business magazines and
     webpages.

     Remember that to avoid plagiarism, you need to formally quote some key
phrases from the author and put their findings into your own words by
summarizing or paraphrasing their research.

6.  Provide feedback to your team members on their findings (strengths and
opportunities for improvement), considering how their work aligns with the
work plan and agreed upon team processes. Resolve duplicate content and gaps.

7.  Draft your written research report, being sure to include in-report citations.  All members
should review the draft to ensure it is well written, has an organized flow, and
contains all key points, with no repetition.

8. Prepare a reference list in APA form for all the research sources used in your
written report (minimum of six academic journals plus the textbook and other
credible sources). The reference list goes on a separate page at the end of
your written report.

9.  Submit your written research report by July 30.

10.  Prepare a slide deck with speaking points for your oral presentation.  It
should contain key content from your written report and similarly have an
introduction with a compelling hook, a body to highlight key findings, and a
conclusion to summarize important learnings. Your presentation should
help your classmates learn the skill both by exposing them to the important
concepts and ideas involved in the skill, and by providing them some insights
into what the skill looks like in practice.

    You must include citations on the applicable slides.  A minimum of three
sources (articles) is required and they can be the same as those used in your
written report.

11.  Practice the delivery of your presentation, striving to give each member equal
speaking time.

12.  Finalize your slide deck and speaking points and use Blackboard Collaborate to
made one recording containing content presented by all members (audio only
with no web cams). Your recording and slide deck must be submitted by August 4.
Recordings made in a medium other than Blackboard Collaborate will NOT be
accepted and will receive a grade of 0.

13. Discuss group member performance and complete and submit a mark allocation
worksheet by August 5 that specifies any required mark reductions for
non-performance. If you cannot agree on the mark reductions, then each member
should instead email their views to the instructor, along with detailed rationale.

 

Grading of Research Report

All members will receive the same grade, unless there are performance issues identified in the mark allocation worksheet.

Grading of Oral Presentation

Unless performance issues are identified in the mark allocation worksheet, all members will receive the same grade on the
slide deck that is worth 8% of the course grade. The rubric is available in Blackboard.

Members are then assessed on their individual delivery of their part of the presentation that is worth a further 2% of the
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Propose a change to one aspect of your local or regional health

Week 7 Readings Biafore, Chapters 20, 21 and 22 Propose a change to one aspect of your local or regional health care system or program that would improve outcomes. Then, conduct a comparative analysis of other, non-U.S. health care systems, focusing on the proposed change. Summarize the proposed change and your comparative analysis in a 4-5 page report.

Introduction

Health care systems around the world provide useful models for analysis. Familiarity with different models and approaches to health care enables leaders to identify what works and what does not, as the basis for proposing a change. As we continue to evaluate the complex and fragmented system in the United States, it is important for nurse leaders to become familiar with the programs and systems that provide evidence-based quality care that is affordable and focused on continual improvement.

This assessment provides an opportunity to examine a local or regional health care issue from a global perspective.

Preparation

Your organization, in collaboration with the key stakeholders from the community, is funding an initiative to investigate potential improvements in the local or regional health care system. As a nurse leader attuned to the effects of health care policy and finance on the provision of affordable, high-quality care, you have been asked to join the task force conducting the study.

You know that an examination of other countries’ health care systems can provide a solid, evidence-based foundation for evaluating outcomes and identifying benchmarks. Consequently, you have decided to undertake an analysis of selected, non-U.S. health care systems and compare them to each other and to the existing local or regional U.S. system to help inform decision making as the task force considers proposed changes.

In this assessment, you will propose a change to one aspect of your local or regional health care system or program. Conduct a comparative analysis of different health care systems and summarize your proposed change and findings from your analysis in a report to executive leaders. To prepare for your assessment, you are encouraged to begin thinking about the non-U.S. health care systems you might like to examine. In addition, you may wish to:

Review the assessment requirements and scoring guide to ensure that you understand the work you will be asked to complete.

Review Guiding Questions: Proposing Evidence-Based Change [DOCX], which includes questions to consider and additional guidance on how to successfully complete the assessment.

TEMPLATES

Use this template for your summary report.

Summary Report Template [DOCX].

Requirements

Complete this assessment in three steps:

Propose a change to one aspect of your local or regional health care system or program that would improve outcomes.

Conduct a comparative analysis of different health care systems, focusing on one aspect of the system you are proposing to change.

Summarize your proposed change and the results of your comparative analysis in a report to executive leaders.

The summary report requirements outlined below, correspond to the grading criteria in the scoring guide for Proposing Evidence-Based Change, so be sure to address each point. Read the performance-level descriptions for each criterion to see how your work will be assessed. The Guiding Questions: Proposing Evidence-Based Change document provides additional considerations that may be helpful in completing your assessment. In addition, be sure to note the requirements below for document format and length and for citing supporting evidence.

Identify an aspect of a local or regional health care system or program that should be a focus for change.

Define desirable outcomes, including who will pay for care and factors limiting achievement of those outcomes.

Analyze two non-U.S. health care systems or programs that offer insight into a proposed change for a health care system or program in the United States.

Choose one of the following options for selecting the two systems or programs:

Option 1: Select two systems at opposite ends of the scale in terms of desirable outcomes for the issue reflected in your proposed change.

Option 2: Select two systems that both produce positive outcomes but take unique or innovative approaches to the problem.

Compare the outcomes in each non-U.S. system with each other and with present outcomes in your local or regional health care system.

Explain why specific changes will lead to improved outcomes.

Determine the financial and health implications associated with the proposed changes.

Address the implications of making the changes.

Address the implications of not making the changes.

Write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.

Support assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence.

Document Format and Length

Use the Summary Report Template. This APA Style Paper Tutorial [DOCX] can help you in writing and formatting your assessment. If you would like to use a different worksheet for your community health assessment, obtain prior approval from faculty.

Your summary report should be 4–5 pages in length, not including the title page and references page.

Be sure to apply correct APA formatting to all source citations and references.

Supporting Evidence

Cite 3–5 credible sources from peer-reviewed journals or professional industry publications to support your comparative analysis.

Additional Requirements

Be sure to delete all directions from the template before submitting your summary report. In addition, proofread your report to minimize errors that could distract readers and make it more difficult for them to focus on the substance of your analysis.

Competencies Measured

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

Competency 1: Identify the challenges and opportunities facing health care.

Identify an aspect of a local or regional health care system or program that should be a focus for change.

Competency 2: Compare the effects of different health care finance models and policy frameworks on resources and patient outcomes.

Define desirable outcomes, including who will pay for care and factors limiting achievement of those outcomes.

Analyze two non-U.S. health care systems or programs that offer insight into a proposed change for a health care system or program in the United States.

Competency 3: Evaluate the positive and negative influences of leaders on health care processes and outcomes.

Determine the financial and health implications of making—and not making—proposed changes to a health care system or program.

Competency 4: Develop proactive strategies to change the culture of the organization by incorporating evidence-based practices.

Explain why specific changes will lead to improved outcomes.

Competency 5: Communicate effectively with diverse audiences, in an appropriate form and style consistent with applicable organizational, professional, and scholarly standards.

Write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.

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Case Study

Case Study
Students are supposed to read the attached Case 2- Able Planet. Based on your understanding of the case and basic concepts of Entrepreneurship.
Answer the following question:
1. Experts say that entrepreneurs who need between $100,000 and $3 million often face the greatest obstacles when raising capital for their businesses. Why? (1.5 marks)
2. How should Kevin Semcken raise the $1.5 million in capital that Able Planet needs? Be sure to consider sources of both debt and equity financing. (1.5 marks)
3. Write a short memo to Kevin Semcken explaining what he should do before he approaches potential lenders and investors to maximize his chances of getting the capital that Able Planet needs. (2 marks)

The Answer must follow the outline points below:
Each answer should be within 200 to 500 range of word counts.
Reference
Note: You can support your answer by the course book.
You can use secondary source available on internet.
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Social Determinants of Health Project due at 8pm Tonight.

Assignment: Social Determinants of Health
Develop a detailed presentation on the Social Determinants of Health
Do not copy and paste from websites. Any information on a slide must have a citation included on the slide in APA format
Provide detail in your own words of what each determinate is
Research and find what determinants are prevalent in your state (Louisiana)
Provide statistics and also address how these issues are being addressed
Be very aware of your grammar and spelling and citations
Presentation requires at least one video on the topic and also links to any sources used
Presentation must be at least 25 slides
Grading Rubric:
Title page
5
Basic description of determinates
15
Detailed information on each determinate, prevalence, and statistics
75
Presentation should be easy to read and not distracting. Not too many words and well organized. Enough detail to educate the reader on what is offered.
10
Spelling, grammar, organization.
25
References on last slide
20
Total Possible
150
Minimal Effort will result in minimal reward.

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Week 7 Readings Biafore, Chapters 20, 21 and 22

Week 7 Readings Biafore, Chapters 20, 21 and 22