This group project covers a contract dispute situation. As a group, work through the following questions. Feel free to ask further questions of your group members in the thread, and answer your group members’ questions as well. The best work will be where all group members work together to get the questions answered. You will be graded on the quality of your posts, but points will be deducted if your answers are duplicates of your group members. Take turns and build on posts. The questions below have more than one part within each of them so work through them together. Have fun with this! The main thing, along with creating some quality collaboration with your group, is that you learn from this exercise. Read the scenario either here under Course Home or on the Assignment page for Week 4. The Assignment page for Week 4 will also have the full grading rubric for this group project. Good luck!
Download and review the contract here.
You are the manager of a large data processing project. Your company, Systems Inc., worked very hard to obtain a contract with Big Bank to do their conversions from their recent acquisition, Small Bank. The bank met with several companies to discuss who would do the best work on the contract. During your meeting with Big Bank, you told them that you had “never missed a conversion deadline. At the time, your company had never missed a conversion deadline, but the company had only done three conversions. You also told them that your data processing systems were the fastest around. After months of negotiation, Big Bank signed the contract. The president of Big Bank said, “We like fast, and you guys are fast. We choose you.”
You started work on the data conversion immediately (ahead of contract). According to the contract, your team was responsible for ensuring that the new bank’s data were converted to Big Bank’s data processing system. The contract involved six large conversions. The first involved converting Big Bank’s savings accounts, the second its checking accounts, the third its investment portfolio, the fourth its credit cards, the fifth its mortgage portfolios, and the sixth its large business loans. Your team completed four of the six conversions without a problem. The fifth task, the largest and most important, has encountered numerous problems. Some problems have been based on personnel issues on your part and other issues have been based on the bank’s failure to provide you with necessary information. One issue resulted when the conversion was delayed for over 1 week. The data to be converted were formatted differently than the bank’s previous specifications provided. For that reason, the data conversion fields needed to be changed. A provision in the contract required your company to receive four people’s approval before making any changes to the conversion data fields, and one of those four people, Glenda Givealot, was out of the country doing missionary work in an area of the world that did not have cell phone reception. Another issue resulted when the conversion was supposed to occur. Because of the change in the time line, the conversion schedule had to change. The weekend the conversion was rescheduled to occur an ice storm struck the state where your data processing computers were housed. Your facility lost electricity for 3 days and the conversion was delayed again until power could be restored.You Decide: Contract Dispute Group Discussion
- Make sure you have a “group” topic showing this week. If not, e-mail your instructor ASAP. Review the You Decide Scenario.
- Enter the group topic by no later than Wednesday to discuss the aspects of the scenario with your group. Your grade will be based on making at least six good, high-quality posts over at least three days to the topic and that reflects on the You Decide contract issues and that answers the questions posed at the beginning of the thread. Your instructor willNOT lead this thread—it will be up to the groups to run the thread. (Take this opportunity to get to know your classmates in your group!) You earn 75 points in this project, set up as follows:
- (60 possible) Quality/quantity post points.You can earn up to 10 points for each high-quality post to the thread. A high-quality post will reflect on a learning tip from the You Decide project, provide significant factual background from the project that helps explain a learning point being made in the threads, pose an exceptional question that moves the group thread forward in a manner that creates more learning (while responding to another student’s question or thought), or will provide a definitive and analytical answer to one of the main questions in the thread. Faculty may deduct points for less-than-high-quality posts (however, making more than six posts will help “ensure” that you will achieve the full complement of points as you will get credit for each post you make, up to the top amount of 60 for this piece of the project).
- (10 possible) Days posted. You must post on at least 3 days. You will get 3 points credit for each day you post. (“I agree”- or “Yeah, great post!”-style posts will not count for a “day posted.” The post must have some quality to count on the day). One point will be given to each student who posts his or her first post to the Group Project thread by no later than Wednesday.
- (5 possible) Group points. How well your group works together will give you 5 possible points. Ways to get points: build on each other’s posts (i.e., read group members’ posts and respond), ensure all questions in the You Decide project topic beginning are covered (in other words, don’t duplicate group members’ work—build on their answers or answer another question). Ways to lose points: requiring instructor intervention in the group process, failing to work together, or ignoring each other’s posts.(This group grade will be the same for each student in the group who posts value-added posts on at least three days in the thread. If a student posts less than three days, his or her group grade may be lower than the other group members’ grades due to not helping the group with facilitation of the thread. Harassment or lack of netiquette in a thread may also be a reason for an instructor to deduct one group member’s grade over others).