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IT Project Management

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Overview:

Corporate America relies upon good management practices to get product/service to customers and generate revenue.  Project management is the key to delivery; this course will cover both the science and art of delivering a project to completion.
The course will cover text book examples and real life business cases that help to shed light on the subject.  High degree of involvement from the class will help to ensure in learning common practices, tools and the soft skills required manage projects.   Finally, students will run their own project, present updates and practice interviewing skills.

Who Should Attend?

This course is intended for people who want a career in IT project management or IT resource managers who want to be more effective at running their teams.

Pre-requisite:

Students will gain from this course optimally if they have a background in an IT field, a working understanding of and access to tools such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Microsoft project. 

Duration:

Course Duration
8 Weeks – 120 Hours

Course Completion:

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand project management concepts and terminology.
  • Ability to speak to project management practices.
  • Ability to use project management tools required to run projects.
  • Develop and execute reports to convey status and risks.
  • Understand the difference between traditional waterfall and agile project management.
  • Most importantly, interview for project management jobs.

Module 1: Introduction to Project management

  • Project management essentials
    • The purpose and object of project management
    • Strategic approach and thinking
    • Scope, Schedule & Budget
    • Weekly regiment (“grind”)
  • Class Presentation(s) – Each student to talk about themselves and share their goals.
  • HW:  Each team to pick a project, define end goals.

Module 2: Project management tools

  • Tools
      • Project Gantt
      • Issues and risk log
      • Project report
  • Class Presentation(s) – each team to present their project idea and goals.
  • HW:  Creation of a Gantt, Issues/risk log

Module 3: Presentation, soft skills & quiz #1

  • Presentation requirements
    • Know your audience
    • Tell a story, not just the facts
    • Crisis management and negotiations
    • Elevator pitch
  • Class Presentation(s) – each team to present Gantt, issues/risk log
  • Class quiz #1 – Project mgmt basics, tools.
  • HW:  Creation of project status report & elevator pitch

Module 4: Business case week   

  • Class exercise – Case analysis
    • Review of real life IT business cases
    • Analysis and discussion
  • Class Presentation(s) – each team to present project status report & their elevator pitch
  • HW:  Business case reading assignment & status write up (Power point)

Module 5: Quality, Defect & Change management

  • Class exercise
    • Quality practices and project management
      • Requirements traceability
      • Quality reports and metrics
    • Defect management
      • Defect trends and analysis
      • Defect scrubbing and project launch
    • Change management
      • Scope lockdown
      • Importance of change control board
      • Change management tools
  • Class Presentation(s) – Present your analysis of the business case
  • HW:  Research and present on Waterfall vs. Agile practices.  Review the pros and cons of each method.  Make a recommendation on which process to use at your work place.  PMs are expected to dive into topics that are new to them.  Before we review as a class, each person will be asked to present on this topic.

Module 6: Methodology, terminology review & financial management & introduction to interviewing practices and questions.

  • Class Presentation(s) – Waterfall vs. Agile.
  • Waterfall vs. agile
    • Pros and cons or each approach
    • Review of agile practices
  • Interviewing practice (setup)
    • Typical interviewing styles (Behavioral, Estimate/Guesstimate).
    • STAR method of response
    • List of typical PM questions.
  • HW:  Prepare your final report, will have each element of PM Deliverables:  Status report, Defect report, Change control, Project Gantt, and Issues/Risk log.

Module 7: Final report and quiz #2

  • Class quiz #2 – Methodology, Change & defect mgmt.
  • Class Presentation(s) – Final report from each student (project team).
  • HW:  Prep for interview practice.  Each student is expected to be able to interview to a group of questions.  Certain basic questions will be shared ahead of time, others will be surprise topics, forcing students to think on their feet.

Module 8: Final

  • Class exercise
    • Each student will interview a partner and provide input.
    • Each student will then be interviewed by the instructor in front of the class.  This is a key element for project managers, must be able to speak to what they do and communicate well.
    • Finally summary and wrap up.