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(1) Provide a brief description of the system/ problem under investigation and the context (max 250 words).

System Thinking for Managers in Project Management

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Assignment “System Thinking for Managers”
This assignment is to demonstrate your ability to use systems thinking, diagnosis and modelling tools to address issues arising in projects or organizations to manage them better. 
Apply the below mentioned systems methodologies discussed at the block workshop to the analysis of a problem at your workplace (or a workplace you are familiar with), in a project management or an organizational context, and present a way forward to improve the situation. 
The methodologies used at the workshop are System Dynamics Models, Soft Systems Methodology and Viable Systems Model. 
(1) Provide a brief description of the system/ problem under investigation and the context (max 250 words).
(2) Describe and analyze the system or problem under investigation, unpacking the dynamics involved, exploring how events are linked and the emergent meanings or themes using diagrams where appropriate (max 1000 words).
(3) Explain what insights and/or solutions the methodology (ies) provide(s). You may like to ask questions such as – Does the system have a viable continuing role? Is the system capable of adapting to changes? Is the system working as it was intended providing the expected benefits to its stakeholders? (max 750 words).
(4) Evaluate the potential of the methodology (ies) used in your work as a project manager or a manager in an organization. (max 500 words). 
(5) List of references used 
(6) Use Harvard style of Referencing 
(7) Use these methodologies System Dynamics Models, Soft Systems Methodology and Viable Systems Model. with proper tables, figures , charts and diagrams etc

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System Thinking For Managers in Project Management Name Institution Course Lecture System Thinking For Managers in Project Management A Brief Description of the System Problem that needs Investigation Naturally, there are several project management challenges; one of the biggest problem project managers experiences when managing multi-projects is how to utilize resources effectively. Projects team experience the lack of accurate and updated information about the resources and work schedules. Project management is demanding, requiring careful resource allocation. In many situations, project teams schedule weekly meetings to determine the workflow. Most organization lack centralized project management system making it challenging to understand the workload (Kerzner, 2013, p.59). A project manager cannot determine how each resource has been allocated to the various phases of a project. The main challenge in resource allocation is how to adapt a system that permits sharing of hundreds of information among the project teams scattered in different locations. Organizations without centralized project management systems use simple packages like Excel spreadsheets to manage their workload (Kerzner, 2013, p.67). Using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets is a cumbersome exercise that might delay the project completion. Balancing all the elements of project management including time, scope, money, and people is a complex process that requires advanced solutions. Resource utilization...


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