Respond to these 3 discussion posts by my peers students on Infotech in a global economy
1) Many systems and issues are said to be characterized by dynamic complexities if at all the words of E. Pruyt are anything to buy. The fact that the degree of the complexity of such has issued has remained high has made them persist for as long as we can all recall (Janssen et al. 2015). Having assumed the role of a project manager in a project fashioned to develop a comprehensive policy that would manage pedestrian traffic flow in a metropolitan district, this text seeks to delve into what measures I would take to engage stakeholders in such a project.
For pedestrian traffic management project to hold water, the regional transport authorities are among the key stakeholders that have a say in matters traffic in a given metropolitan district. My suggestion of a suitable policy would be that the regional transport authority come up with a plan that would make laws regarding how pedestrians need to tread in the streets of a metropolitan district. For example, for a city that is overpopulated and has a high number of pedestrians in a given day, say Beijing, it would be prudent for legislations to be made to ensure that one side of the street would be exclusively for pedestrians headed in a single direction just as it is for cars (Janssen et al. 2015). The transport authorities would then make by-laws on punitive measures to be taken against violators, and thus would add value by the mere fact that such a project is made into law, compelling the public to abide by.
With a great role to play in such a project, the police too count as major stakeholders that I would call to the table if at all the implementation of such a project were to be realized. The policy here would be to recruit traffic marshals charged with the responsibility of the implementation of policies drafted by the regional transport authorities. Just as traffic cops command motor vehicle traffic in the streets, they too would maintain a keen eye on the public and would also bring to book any violators of the traffic rules made by the regional authorities (Janssen et al. 2015. This means the police and traffic marshals would add value by executing pedestrian traffic policies on the ground.
Janssen, M., Wimmer, M., and Deljoo, A. (2015). Policy practice and digital science. Cham [etc.]: Springer.
2) Managing pedestrian traffic at face value is a simple issue, however, dig a little deeper and you find a fabric of interconnected stakeholders who each have their own perspective and what they hope to gain from increasing or decreasing traffic in a metropolitan area. The primary stakeholders include the pedestrians who could be treated as end users or consumers, the business owners who are the producers, the city government who shall dictate policy through laws, ordinances and regulation, banks who may have to provide capital to support the changing economic landscape, and a variety of other public services such as transportation, law enforcement and sanitation.
To engage with these stakeholders, a variety of options are available including focus groups, surveys, simulations and modeling, and other eParticipation media. Using these tools, we can better understand the individual groups through the use of surveys and questionnaires. For example, understanding what the pedestrians or would-be pedestrians would get out of increased foot traffic could get out of a policy change would be central to this engagement. The policy driver is to allow for more pedestrian traffic likely to increase sales to stores and restaurants and reduce traffic just passing by. Questions to be asked could include how likely would you be to visit if the area was pedestrianized, would you still drive to the area and need to park, how far would you be willing to walk from parking or public transportation, and what sort of goods and services are you interested in purchasing in an area like this?
Beyond addressing the individual stakeholders, bringing them together to discuss differing opinions or goals is also necessary. Pedestrians and city government should have an open forum through a town hall or focus group to bring issues to the table in order to see the other side of the argument. As we saw in chapter 8 with smart meters, delivering a product without stakeholder analysis will surely fail even if one stakeholder is happy with the outcome. Topics for discussion in this case would be for pedestrians and city government to discuss costs, tax increases, and changes to the quality of life that may be impacted either for good or bad. In the end, stakeholders bring meaningful insight to the table and no one should be left out or else a policy no matter how well-intentioned can fail.
3) Managing Pedestrian Traffic Flow
Stakeholder engagement in policymaking is essential for improving the decision making policy. Stalk holder involvement creates trusted systems and projects that minimize walkablity crashes.
Individual citizens help projects to learn problems affecting pedestrians at downtown metropolitan district. Individual citizen contact agencies asking help for a marked crosswalk. Rathenam & Dabup (2017),assert that issues outlined by citizens are contrast with data analysis. project leader, therefore, needs to figure the problem inditified by citizens. The project should perform a quick assessment of asking a question. Manager should respond to citizen through email, and visible link of traffic agency is used for receive feedback.
Projects policies include the pedestrian Advisory Board (PAB) in policymaking. Management should work along with PAB and ensure that pedestrian issues are addressed. Advocacy together with nonprofit group help the manager on promoting pedestrian safety(Muñuzurir et al.,2016). include this group in its policy and form a partnership is very important. Public agencies and employee is essential stakeholder and project activities affect roles assigned to them. Public agencies take part on promoting safe pedestrian along where they provide valuable resources and partnership opportunities. Project should involve measures that build a positive and working relationship in public agencies.
Moreover, project have a measure in including individual business owners when making policy. Many businesses are essential pedestrian generators and therefore contribute much to traffic flow. Business owners provide street lift end; they have a significant effect on walkability. Manager should involve business community in forum where individuals get chance to meet and network with manager(Rathenam & Dabup,2017). Media stakeholder is used when making a policy.Media provide more accurate message concerning pedestrians at downtown metropolitan district. Measure taken help manager to gain correct publicity that creates awareness of pedestrian safety.