MMAE 715, Project Management
This course is currently scheduled for August 29 and 31, and September 5 and 7, 2002 (all four days for the complete course) on the Main Campus at IIT. If sufficient interest exists, it can also be offered at Rice Campus, or on-site at a company. To offer it as an IIT course on-site, a minimum of eight students is required. However, it is also available in a not-for-credit version for those more interested in the information provided than in pursuing a degree. For more information on the not-for-credit version, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 312.567.5813.
This course covers the basic theory and practice of project management from a practical viewpoint, with emphasis on those concepts needed by technical professionals. Topics include project management concepts, resources, duration vs. effort, project planning, initiation, and control, progress tracking methods, CPM and PERT, reporting methods, replanning, team project concepts, and managing multiple projects. Microsoft Project is used extensively. Course concepts are taught using a combination of lectures and case studies.
The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, by Eric Verzuh, Wiley 1999. Note that this is NOT in the bookstore, but is available at amazon.com for under $20.
Engineering or other technical undergraduate degree or equivalent.
I. The Project Environment
What is a Project? (and what isn't a project?)
Definition of Success
Other Challenges in Project Management
Program Manager Characteristics
II. Defining the Project
Statement of Work (SOW)
III. Planning the Project
Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
Critical Path Methods
Gantt Charts, Time-Scaled Networks
Costing The Project
Ballparks and ROMs
Estimate vs. Budget and Schedule
IV. Controlling the Project
Earned Value Method
Borrowed Team Members
Managing Creative Activities
Changes and Replanning
Dealing with Disaster
Managing Multiple Projects
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