2010-11 Course Syllabus
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The course provides an overview of the roles, responsibilities, and management methods of the technology project manager. The course assumes no prior knowledge in management techniques and is intended to teach students how to develop approaches and styles of management for software projects. The course assumes a basic understanding of analysis techniques.
- To provide students with a clear understanding of the unique risks, issues, and critical success factors associated with technology projects
- To introduce students to the role and function of project management
- To explain the stages and process of the project life cycle
- To understand the various techniques for planning and managing a technology project
- To examine basic methodologies for software design, development, testing and implementation
- To examine various techniques for managing a software development team
- To understand the need and techniques for managing users and user expectations
- To learn project planning techniques through the use of Microsoft Project
- 35% Midterm test
- 35% Final test
- 30% Homeworks
NOTE for students that cannot take midterm and final exam during the term: these students are expected to take both the tests in any exam session and to submit homeworks one week before the choosen exam session.
Students are required to work in team (up to 3 people) and to prepare 4 homeworks during the course.
- Homework 1 (10 points) due Class 3 - Project Charter for your project [template]
- Homework 2 (5 points) due Class 5 - Initial Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) for your project
- Homework 3 (3 points) due Class 8 - Top 10 Risk List for your project
- Homework 4 (12 points) due Final Exam - Develop and submit a copy of the project plan (include durations, resources, links, successors & predecessors) for your project
Submission will be held through the system reachable at this link https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=pmsp2011
- Rapid Development, McConnell, Steve, Microsoft Press, 1996, ISBN 1-55615-900-5.
- Information Technology Project Management, Schwalbe, Kathy, 2nd ed., Course Technology, 2002, ISBN 0-619-03528-5 (this text includes a 120 day evaluation copy of MS-Project 2000).
- For those students that follow the classes, the slides published on the class web site may be sufficient.
- During the term readings from online resources will be also assigned. Students will be given the appropriate URLs during class and these will be listed on the class web site.
Course Overview [PDF]
- Course Introduction
- Project Management (PM) Fundamentals
- The PM field and job market
- People, Process, Product, Technology
- 36 Classic Mistakes [LINK /PDF ] and
a case study [LINK] annotated with classic mistakes [PDF ]
Overview of Project Management [PDF ]
- PMI Processes
- Software project phases
- Organizational structures
- Project charter
- Statement of Work (SOW)
Readings (prior to this session):
- McConnell: chapters 1-4
- Schwalbe: chapters 1-2, 11 "Project Procurement Management" (336-345)
Planning Phase [PDF ]
- Project Phases
- Development lifecycle models
- Matching lifecycles to projects
- Project plans
- McConnell: 7 "Lifecycle Planning"
- Schwalbe: 3 "Project Integration Management" (62-67), 4, "Project Scope Management"
Homework 1 Due:
- Project Charter for your project
- please use this template [doc]
Work Breakdown Structures & Estimation[PDF ]
- Work Breakdown Structures (WBS)
- McConnell: 8 "Estimation"
- Schwalbe: 6, "Project Cost Management" (157-175)
Scheduling [PDF ]
- Project network diagram fundamentals
- PERT techniques
- Gantt charts
- Critical chain scheduling
- Mid-term Exam Preview [pdf ]
- McConnell: 9, "Scheduling"
- Schwalbe: 5, "Project Time Management"
Homework 2 Due:
- Initial Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) for your project
Hands-on MS Project [PDF ]
- Using MS Project
- additional material [mpp ]
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Risk and Change Management [PDF]
- Risk Management
- Featur-set Control
- Change Control
- McConnell: 5 "Risk Management", 14 "Feature-Set Control"
- Schwalbe: 10, "Project Risk Management", Appendix A "Guide to Using Microsoft Project 2000" (447-477)
- Team models
- Capability Maturity Model (CMM)
- Requirements process
System test process [PDF]
- Test specifications
- Black box and white box testing
- Test scripts
- Unit and integration testing
- Acceptance test specifications
- Test tools
- McConnell: 11 "Motivation", 13 "Team Structure"
- Schwalbe, 8, "Project Human Resource Management"
- Schwalbe: 7 "Project Quality Management"
Homework 3 due:
- Top 10 Risk List for your project (1 page)
- Template Available Here [doc]
Project Control and Resourse Levelling [PDF]
- Progress Monitoring
- Status reporting
- Earned value analysis (eva-ex1, eva-ex2, eva-mpp)
- Resourse Levelling in MS-project [mpp]
- McConnell: 17-19
- Schwalbe, 6 "Project Cost Management" (175-184), 9 "Project Communication Management", 15 "Controlling"
| Final Phases & Project Success [PDF ] |
- Project Recovery
- Post Project Reviews (example)
- Closing (example)
- Management support
- Success metrics
- Final exam review [PDF ]
- McConnell: 16 "Project Recovery"
- Schwalbe: 16 "Closing"
Homework 4 Due:
- Develop and submit a copy of the final project plan (include durations, resources, links, successors & predecessors) for your project
Class Projects and Policies
- Homework Policy: Unless otherwise noted, homework is due in the class following the assignment. Homework should be printed and legible.
- Team Project Policy: maximum 3 people per team
- This course is largely based on Prof. John Musser class notes on "Principles of Software Project Management"
- Original information is available at http://www.projectreference.com/
- Reuse and republish permission was granted.