Prioritizing D.D. Williamson

1000 words 4 pages
1. Critique the prioritizing process at D. D. Williamson.
D.D. Williamson (Williamson) is the world leader in caramel coloring and natural coloring for foods and beverages with global operations on five continents since founded in 1865. Over the years, the company has managed to be successful in many business endeavors, as well as withstanding the test of time by being in existence almost 150 years (DDW, 2013). In this time, Williamson has experienced many difficulties but yet has managed to overcome them all and their problem with prioritizing was no different. In this case study, Williamson had trouble managing projects that were successful, so they took a step back and pinpointed the cause of this issue. They found the cause to be
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Most significantly, Williamson needs to settle on a standard systemic approach that will be used to prioritize all projects each time.
3. Create a scenario where the implemented process at D. D. Williamson would not work.
Outsourcing or using a third party company on a project would be a scenario that would not work at D.D. Williamson. Outsourcing would require more resources than usual to complete projects than it would to allow individuals already within the company. It could also create confusion and tension among internal workers by bringing in outsiders to manage and make major decisions about projects (McGew, 2013). Williamson’s project management team has worked for three years to change and improve their project management crisis and they are seeing tremendous success because of those changes. Bringing in a third party company to take over now would not benefit the company at all. Its management team is already familiar with the business and its strategies, policies, and procedures and brining in individuals who aren’t aware of those policies and procedures could upset the balance of things and cause more harm than progression.
4. Project five (5) years ahead and speculate whether or not D. D. Williamson will be using the same process. Justify your answer.
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