Background
Fitbit, Inc. is a consumer electronics firm known for its products of the same name, which are
activity trackers, wireless-enabled wearable technology devices that measure data such as the
number of steps walked, heart rate, quality of sleep, steps climbed, and other personal metrics
involved in fitness. The company has sold 120 million devises with 29 million users.
Building on its success with the human Fitbit product, the company is developing a companion
fitness tracker for pets. The first product launch is a Fitbit for medium to large size dogs that
would be worn with a traditional neck collar or shoulder harness. Using the working product
development name FitDog, this new product is scheduled to launch in 18 months.
This will be a major research and development endeavor with significant veterinary science
research, biotechnology development, GPS tracking and data communication, website
application development, and product and marketing research. First to market, reliability, and
animal ergonomics are critical success factors.
Directions
Determine if agile is a best approach for this project. Assess the advantages and
disadvantages along with your chapter reading description of agile projects; and compose an
informative argument for or against an agile approach to the FitBit for Pets project.
Compose your argument in 500-words or less and submit as a PDF document.
Exercise 15.2
Retirement.gov
The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) operates the federal government’s social
insurance program that covers 173 million workers. There are 65 million people receiving
retirement, disability, or survivors’ benefits from a $920 billion annual operating budget
(source: U.S. Social Security Administration, www.ssa.gov).
Currently all social security tax contributions are invested in risk-free U.S. Treasury bonds and
bills, however under a proposed federal mandate, the SSA is launching Retirement.gov to
allow workers and recipients to control how their contributions are invested. Retirement.gov
would operate similar to HealthCare.gov where individuals can review and select a private
sector investment management company to manage their retirement fund, similar to how
private pensions, IRAs, and 401(K) retirement funds operate. Retirement.gov is scheduled to
launch in 24-months.
You are the project manager for the Retirement.gov project. This will be a major information
technology endeavor with significant software programming, website application development,
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database equipment hosting networking, and financial transaction and personal information
protection. Quality and security are critical success factors.
Directions
Determine if agile is a best approach for this project. Assess the advantages and
disadvantages along with your chapter reading description of agile projects; and compose an
informative argument for or against an agile approach to the Retirement.gov project.
Compose your argument to 500-words or less and submit as a PDF document.

Sample solution

Dante Alighieri played a critical role in the literature world through his poem Divine Comedy that was written in the 14th century. The poem contains Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Inferno is a description of the nine circles of torment that are found on the earth. It depicts the realms of the people that have gone against the spiritual values and who, instead, have chosen bestial appetite, violence, or fraud and malice. The nine circles of hell are limbo, lust, gluttony, greed and wrath. Others are heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. The purpose of this paper is to examine the Dante’s Inferno in the perspective of its portrayal of God’s image and the justification of hell. 

In this epic poem, God is portrayed as a super being guilty of multiple weaknesses including being egotistic, unjust, and hypocritical. Dante, in this poem, depicts God as being more human than divine by challenging God’s omnipotence. Additionally, the manner in which Dante describes Hell is in full contradiction to the morals of God as written in the Bible. When god arranges Hell to flatter Himself, He commits egotism, a sin that is common among human beings (Cheney, 2016). The weakness is depicted in Limbo and on the Gate of Hell where, for instance, God sends those who do not worship Him to Hell. This implies that failure to worship Him is a sin.

God is also depicted as lacking justice in His actions thus removing the godly image. The injustice is portrayed by the manner in which the sodomites and opportunists are treated. The opportunists are subjected to banner chasing in their lives after death followed by being stung by insects and maggots. They are known to having done neither good nor bad during their lifetimes and, therefore, justice could have demanded that they be granted a neutral punishment having lived a neutral life. The sodomites are also punished unfairly by God when Brunetto Lattini is condemned to hell despite being a good leader (Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). While he commited sodomy, God chooses to ignore all the other good deeds that Brunetto did.

Finally, God is also portrayed as being hypocritical in His actions, a sin that further diminishes His godliness and makes Him more human. A case in point is when God condemns the sin of egotism and goes ahead to commit it repeatedly. Proverbs 29:23 states that “arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.” When Slattery condemns Dante’s human state as being weak, doubtful, and limited, he is proving God’s hypocrisy because He is also human (Verdicchio, 2015). The actions of God in Hell as portrayed by Dante are inconsistent with the Biblical literature. Both Dante and God are prone to making mistakes, something common among human beings thus making God more human.

To wrap it up, Dante portrays God is more human since He commits the same sins that humans commit: egotism, hypocrisy, and injustice. Hell is justified as being a destination for victims of the mistakes committed by God. The Hell is presented as being a totally different place as compared to what is written about it in the Bible. As a result, reading through the text gives an image of God who is prone to the very mistakes common to humans thus ripping Him off His lofty status of divine and, instead, making Him a mere human. Whether or not Dante did it intentionally is subject to debate but one thing is clear in the poem: the misconstrued notion of God is revealed to future generations.

 

References

Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). Dante’s inferno: Seven deadly sins in scientific publishing and how to avoid them. Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed, 267.

Cheney, L. D. G. (2016). Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno: A Comparative Study of Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni Stradano, and Federico Zuccaro. Cultural and Religious Studies4(8), 487.

Verdicchio, M. (2015). Irony and Desire in Dante’s” Inferno” 27. Italica, 285-297.