MD 831 Class Plan

Spring 2009 Rev. 2 (3/4/09)

Class

Date

Lecture Topic

Readings

Cases

1

Jan. 20

Introduction.
Projects in an organizational context.

The project management process.

Project selection.

Ch. 1  Modern Project Management

Ch. 2  Org. Strategy and Project Selection

A Day in the Life   pp. 18-19

2

Jan. 27

Project selection (continued)
Organizing for projects.

 

Case discussion

Ch. 2  Org. Strategy and Project Selection

Ch. 3  Organization

 Vasa

 

3

Feb. 3

Speaker: Pat Armstrong, PMP – Portfolio Manager, IBM "Critical Success Factors, PMP and Project Leadership”

 

Determining project boundaries.

Ch. 4  Defining the Project

 

 

 

4

Feb. 10

Modeling the project.

Ch. 5  Estimating Project Times and Costs

Ch. 6  Developing a Project Plan

 

5

Feb. 17

Strategic partnering / outsourcing.

Mapping out resource allocation.

 

Case discussion

Ch. 7  Managing Risk 

Ch. 8  Scheduling Resources

 JCSS

6

Feb. 24

Speaker: William Kearney (Gilbane)  “Managing Complex Projects”

 

Reallocating resources.

Ch. 9  Reducing Project Duration 

Exam Case assigned

 

 Mar. 3

Spring Break – NO CLASS

 

 

7

Mar. 10

Speaker:  William R. Duncan - Project Management Partners.  “OCiPM – Methods for Managing Projects Effectively” and “GAPPS – Assessing Project Managers’ Performance.”

 

 

8

Mar. 17

Making the project work.

 

Write 2nd half of Midterm Exam

Ch. 10  Leadership

 

 Exam Case 
(assigned Feb. 24th)

9

Mar. 24

Speaker:  Paul Schendel - VP Project Management for Wyeth Research.  "Planning and Managing Long-Term Projects”"

 

Case discussion

 

The Boeing 767

 

10

Mar. 31

In-class exercise

Project Flip

 

11

Apr. 7

Management is a people-oriented process.

 

Case discussion

Ch. 11  Managing Project Teams

 

 Porsche AG

12

Apr. 14

So how is the project doing? 

 

Closing down the project.

Ch. 13  Progress and Performance Measurement and Evaluation

Ch. 14 Project Audit and Closure

 

13

Apr. 21

Improving the project management process.

 

Case discussion

Ch. 16  Oversight

 BAE Automated Systems

14

Apr. 28

Write Final Exam

 

Exam Case assigned Apr. 21