week 3 discussions 1 & 2 Religion & Project Management

With shared beliefs and concepts tied back to similar origins out of the Vedic scriptures and traditions that are foundational for Hinduism (Brahmanism, Buddhism directs the hearts and minds of its adherents to a liberation from the burdens, suffering and many limitations of worldly existence.  Thus, Buddhism, as a non-theistic tradition, can be considered to be as much of a philosophical system as it is a religious tradition.  Consider the following questions drawn from foundational concepts in Buddhism:

 

1)  Is desire (craving) good or bad or, can desire be either good or bad?  How do desires reveal an individual’s sense of the “meaning and purpose of life?”  How do you think desires relate to religious ethics in Buddhism (e.g., the Noble Eightfold Path)?

 

2)  What causes and solutions can you think of regarding the problem of human suffering?  Can suffering be entirely avoided in this life?  If so, what are some of the steps one might take to reduce or eliminate suffering in their life?

 

3)  What is enlightenment?  How can one obtain enlightenment?  Is enlightenment attainable in this life?

 

 

 

Week 3 Discussion 1

 

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“Annual Community Beautification Project” Please respond to the following:

  • You have been appointed the project manager of the neighborhood Home Owners Association. The community consists of 100 single-family houses and one clubhouse with a pool and tennis course. Note that this effort is scheduled during the summer months when residents take vacation away from home.
    • From the e-Activity, identify and explain at least one complexity and uncertainty by using one of the three domains described in Chapter 4
Week 3 Discussion 2
“Circored Project Complexity and Uncertainty” Please respond to the following:

  • Using the Circored Project from Chapter 2 and the video from the e-Activity, review the process for diagnosing complexity and uncertainty described in Chapter 4.
  • In Chapter 4, page 90 of the textbook, it states: “Complexity captures the number of interactions among different project pieces, and high complexity hinders the team’s ability to ‘optimize’ the overall solution.” Describe how this statement relates to the Circored Project and then compare it to your Annual Community Beautification Project in Discussion 1