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Introduction To Project Management

Introduction To Project Management

Course Overview:

Introduction

This four week course is intended for people who are or will soon become members of project teams. The program will enable them to contribute more effectively to project success.

In the first week, participants will be introduced to the reasons that projects fail and the actions that can be taken to deal with this. In the second week they will study project management methodologies and the reasons for their adoption in a project environment. In the third week they will examine the concept of project teams, the issues in their operation today and how these can be improved. In the final week of the course they will focus on project stakeholders and project communications.

Each week of the course will feature a recorded lecture, a recommended reading, and a multiple choice test on the reading. A group project will be conducted online with their fellow course participants. A live online seminar and a video panel discussing the issues will be conducted in each course week.

Course participation will be graded and participants will be awarded a course grade. A grade of 60 % is required to pass the course. A maximum of 30 participants may be accommodated in each offering.

1. Why Do Projects Fail and What Can We Do About It?


Lecture: Why projects fail and what can be done about it.
Reading: Ewusi-Mensah, Kweku. 1997. "Critical Issues In Abandoned Information Systems Development Projects", in Association For Computing Machinery, Communications of the ACM, September 1997, 40, 9 pg. 74, (7 pages)
Group Exercise
Multiple choice quiz
Live seminar

2. Project Management Methodologies

Lecture: Project management methodologies (including PMBOK and AgIle)
Reading: Augustine, S. et al. 2005. "Agile Project Management: Steering From the Edges", in Association For Computing Machinery, Communications of the ACM, December 2005/Vol 48 No. 12 pg. 85 (5 pages).
Group Exercise
Multiple choice quiz
Live seminar
Video Panel

3. Effective Project Teams

Lecture: Issues in the effective operation of project teams and how these might be addressed.
Reading: Guttman, H.M., Longman, A., 2006. "Project Teams: How Good Are They?", in Quality Progress, February 2006, 39, 2, pg. 59 (7 pages)
Group Exercise
Multiple choice quiz
Live seminar
Video Panel

4. Project Stakeholders and Communications

Lecture: Involving Project Stakeholders in Projects
Reading: Newcombe, R. 2003. "From Client to Project Stakeholders: A Stakeholder Mapping Approach", in Construction Management and Economics 21, pg. 841 (7 pages)
Group Exercise
Multiple choice quiz
Live seminar
Video Panel


CIPS re-certifcation credits for the successful completion of this program total 40 credits - see http://www.cips.ca/recertification .


NOTE:
For pricing information on multiple course registrations of 5 or greater, please call 416 290 0240 ext 221


Length: 4 Weeks - Minimum Required Commitment Time: 10 Hours Per Week

Course Dates:

Sep 26, 2011 - Oct 21, 2011 $495.00 Register Now


PeterCarr, PhD

Peter    Carr, PhD   

Dr. Carr is a Professor in the Department of Management Sciences at the University of Waterloo.read more.