Peter B Bonow
Explores roles, responsibilities, and methods of managing enterprise projects. Analyzes critical issues such as the relationship between project management and organizational culture, structure, and processes; cross-functional and globally distributed teams; project governance, metric, and risk and performance management; communication, decision-making, and conflict resolution; and organizational learning, change, and knowledge management. Prerequisite: introductory coursework in project management or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with INSC 588.
The main focus of this course is on information systems project management, since these projects are in many ways the most challenging, but the skills and theories we will examine are applicable to the planning and management of any business project.
Student learning goals
Students will be conversant in the following topics, and prepared to address them in projects outside of the academic environment.
◦Multi-project environments and portfolio balancing
◦Alignment between project type and project management approach
◦Organizational culture and cross-functional teams
◦Risk and uncertainty on projects
General method of instruction
Lectures, readings and discussions thereof, case studies, and guest speakers.
IMT 587 or equivalent. Knowledge of project management fundamentals.
Class assignments and grading
There are three (3) major, required assignments in this course. The first assignment requires you to individually (or in teams, if the class size is large) prepare and lead discussion on some assigned readings during class sessions. Additionally, you are expected to prepare for and participate in reading discussions led by others each week. The second and third assignments relate to the cases that we will discuss each week. For the second assignment, individually or in teams, you will prepare the cases and actively in engage in discussion of them. For the third assignment, you will choose three of the cases and prepare in-depth written analyses to be submitted prior to the scheduled discussion date.
Assignment 1: Presentations and Participation in Reading Discussions 35% Assignment 2: Participation in Case Discussions 20% Assignment 3: Written Case Analyses (3) 45%