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4.5 Exercises

Exercises at the end of the chapter are designed to strengthen your understanding and retention of the information recently acquired in the chapter.

Essay Questions

Write several paragraphs to provide more in-depth analysis and consideration when answering the following questions.

  1. Describe a project with which you are familiar that resulted in a dissatisfied client. The project can be personal or professional if it serves to illustrate the concepts in this chapter. Identify how the client was included or excluded from project teams and how they were informed of problems. Analyze the situation and draw a conclusion regarding how a similar client might be satisfied on a future project.
  2. Describe a project with which you are familiar that resulted in a satisfied client. The project can be personal or professional if it serves to illustrate the concepts in this chapter. Identify how the client was included or excluded from project teams and how they were informed of problems. Analyze the situation and draw a conclusion regarding which aspect of client relations was most effective in achieving client satisfaction.
  3. Describe a project with which you are familiar where early decisions had to be changed based on information that became available later in the project. Analyze the process by which the decision was made and at what point the client was informed of the need for a change. Describe any changes you would make in the process or timing that might improve client satisfaction.

Discussion

The exercises in this section are designed to promote exchange of information among students in the classroom or in an online discussion. The exercises are more open ended, which means that what you find might be completely different from what your classmates find, and you can all benefit by sharing what you have learned.

  1. Milestone celebrations. Consider celebrations of milestone events in your life and how those celebrations affected your memory and attitudes toward achieving those objectives. Do you think using milestone celebrations can be a useful tool for projects? Express your opinion and support it with examples.
  2. Client participation. Where would you place the threshold for involving a client in a decision? What criteria would you use and how would you involve the client with that process of establishing the threshold?