Mart Doyle

Schedule

 

Dates Topics
8/29, 8/31, 9/2

Course introduction (day 1)

Class Discussion (day 2 & 3)
– Biafore Introduction
– Biafore Chapter 1
– Biafore Chapter 2

Videos (day 2 & 3) – Project Management Fundamentals
– Introduction
– Getting to Know Project Management
– Exploring Project Management Knowledge Areas

Web Research (day 2 & 3)
– What percentage of IT projects are successful?
– What are some of the most important attributes of a successful project manager?
– What is the triple constraint?
– Who is the PMI, what is a PMP and what is PMBOK?
– What is an “alpha” project manager?
– What is a “kick-off meeting” for a project?

9/7, 9/9 9/12

 

 Studio (day 1)
– Read Biafore Chapters 3, and 4.  Come to class prepared to work your way through the creation of the project plan outlined in the textbook.

Class Discussion (day 2)
– Biafore Chapter 6

Videos (day 2)– Project Management Fundamentals
– First Things First
– Developing a Project Plan

Web Research (day 2)
– What is the “project scope”?
– What is “scope creep”?
– What is “change control”?
– What is a “deliverable”?
– What is “project scope management”?
– What is “scope verification”?

Change Leadership (day 3)
– After reading the first chapter, The Heart of Change, come to class prepared to compare and contrast the difference in the techniques and the relative strengths/weaknesses of See-Feel-Change vs. Analysis-Think-Change.
– Come to class prepared to discuss at a very high level the eight steps of successful large-scale change.

9/14, 9/16, 9/19

Class Discussion (day 1)
– Biafore Chapter 7

Studio (day 2)
– Bring to class a first draft of the problem statement, project charter and WBS for your project.

Change Leadership (day 3)
– Kotter – Increase Urgency
– Getting the Boss’ Approval
– The Videotape of the Angry Customer
– When Alligators are Nipping at Your Heels
– Gloves on the Boardroom Table
– The CEO Portrait Gallery

9/21, 9/23, 9/26

Studio (day 1)
– Bring your first draft of the risk management plan, communications plan, quality management plan and change management plan to class.

Class Discussion (day 2)
– Biafore Chapter 5

Videos (day 1)- Project Management Fundamentals
– Building a Project Schedule
– While You Run the Project

Web Research (day 2)
– What is “sequencing activities”?
– What are “dependencies” between activities?
– What is “critical path analysis”?
– What is a “project milestone”?
– What is a “buffer”?
– What is “Murphy’s Law”?
– What is “Parkinson’s Law”?
– What is “critical chain scheduling”?

Change Leadership (day 3)
– Kotter – Build the Guiding Team
– The Blues Versus the Greens
– The New and More Diverse Team
– General Mollo and I were Floating in the Water
– Meeting Down Under

Weekly progress reports begin 9/23.
Weekly journal entries begin 9/23.

9/28, 9/30, 10/3

Studio (day 1)
– Bring your first draft of the scope document, budget and project schedule to class.

Class Discussion (day 2)
– Review for Exam 1

Exam 1 (day 3)

10/5, 10/7, 10/10

Video (day 1)– Project Management Fundamentals
– Working with Teams

Class Discussion (day 1)
– Biafore Chapter 8

Web Research (day 1)
– What is the difference between “intrinsic” and “extrinsic” motivation?
– What is Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs?
– What are Herzberg’s “hygiene factors” and “motivators”?
– What does it mean to be an “empathic listener”?
– What is the “Tuckman model of team development”?  What are the phases teams go through?
– What is a “resource histogram”?
– What is “over allocation”?

Studio (day 2)
– Please come to class prepared to discuss project execution and the role you will be playing as project manager during this phase of the project.

Change Leadership: (day 3)
– Kotter – Get the Vision Right
– Painting Pictures of the Future
– Cost Versus Service
– The Plane Will Not Move!
– The Body in the Living Room

10/12, 10/14, 10/17

Studio (day 1)
– Please come to class prepared to give the class an update on the current status of your project.

Change Leadership (day 2)
– Kotter – Communicate for Buy-In
– Preparing for Q&A
– My Portal
– Nuking the Executive Floor
– The Screen Saver

Studio (day 3)
– Please come to class with a well-organized list of your stakeholders, an org chart of your team and a RACI chart showing roles and responsibilities.

10/19, 10/21, 10/24

Class Discussion (day 1 & 2)
– Biafore Chapter 9
– Biafore Chapter 10

Web Research (day 1 & 2)
– What is “effort-driven” scheduling?
– What is a “cost” and how is it typically measured?
– What is the difference between “capital” and “expense”?  Can I convert one to another?
– What are “tangible costs/benefits” vs. “intangible costs/benefits”?
– What is “procurement”?
– What is “outsourcing”?  Why do people do it?  What are the pros/cons?
– What is a “contract”?
– What is an “SLA”?
– What is the difference between a fixed price contract and a time and materials contract?
– What is a “statement of work” (SOW)?
– What is an RFP?
– What is an RFQ?

Change Leadership (day 3)
– Kotter – Empower Action
– Retooling the Boss
– The Worldwide Competition
– I Survived, So You Can To-
– Making Movies on the Factory Floor
– Harold and Lidia

10/26, 10/28, 10/31

 

Studio (day 1)
– Please come to class with a revised budget for your project.

Class Discussion (day 2, 3)
– Biafore Chapter 11
– Biafore Chapter 12
– Biafore Chapter 13
– Biafore Chapter 14

11/2, 11/4, 11/7

Studio (day 1)
– Please analyze the critical path of your project and come to class prepared to discuss it.  In addition, please be prepared to discuss any tasks that could influence the critical path if they run long or are completed earlier than expected.  Come to class prepared to discuss the use of schedule compression techniques should any of the tasks on your critical path run long.  Please come to class prepared to discuss EVM and, using EVM techniques, give us an update that tells us where your project stands integrating scope, schedule and budget into a single set of meaningful metrics.

Class Discussion (day 2)
– Review for Exam #2

Exam #2 (day 3)

11/9, 11/11, 11/14

Studio (day 1)
– Please come to class prepared to give the class an update on the current status of your project.

Class Discussion (day 2)
– Quality and Risk Management.  No assigned reading, just web research.

Web Research (day 2)
– What is “project quality management”?
– What is the purpose of and who performs the following type of testing:
– Unit testing
– Integration testing
– System testing
– User acceptance testing
– What is “project risk management”?
– What are “known risks” vs. “unknown risks”?
– What are “contingencies”, “fallback plans”, and “contingency reserves”?
– Where are most of the risks associated with IT projects?
– What is a “risk register” and what does it contain?
– What is “qualitative risk assessment”?
– What is “quantitative risk assessment”?
– What are the four major risk response strategies?

Change Leadership (day 3)
– Kotter – Create Short-Term Wins
– The List on the Bulletin Boards
– Creating the New Navy
– The Senator Owned a Trucking Company
– Hoopla

Assignment:
– FoxNet Research Assignment – (Due day 3)

11/16, 11/18, 11/18

Studio (day 1)
– Come to class with a revised risk management plan.

Class Discussion (day 2)
– Biafore Chapter 15
– Biafore Chapter 16

Videos (day 2)- Project Management Fundamentals
– Monitoring and Controlling Progress and Performance

Web Research (day 2)
– Is conflict within your project a good thing or a bad thing?
– What are the pros/cons of the following conflict handling modes:
– Confrontation
– Compromise
– Smoothing
– Forcing
– Withdrawal
– Collaboration
– What is a “stakeholder”?
– What is a “stakeholder register”?
– What is a “stakeholder management strategy”?
– What is a “communications management plan” and what would you expect to find in it?
– What are some of the different methods of communicating the status of a project?  Are some better/worse than others?

Change Leadership (day 3)
– Kotter – Don’t Let Up
– PE Ratios
– The Merchant of Fear
– Reducing Twenty-Five Pages to Two
– The Street

11/30, 12/2, 12/5

Studio (day 1)
– Come to class with revised versions of your change management and communications management plan.

Class Discussion (day 2)
– Biafore Chapter 17

Video (day 2)– Project Management Fundamentals
– Closing a Project
– Conclusion

Change Leadership (day 3)
– Kotter – Make Change Stick
– The Boss Went to Switzerland
– The Path to the Patient
– Promoting the Thirty-Something
– The Home Mortgage

12/7, 12/9, 12/12

Studio (day 1)
– Final project review (bring your team binder).

Class Discussion (day 2)
– Review for exam #3

Exam #3 and Hand In Project (day 3)

 

One Response to Schedule

  • I am trying to set up Microsoft Project 2013 on a MacBook Air. With your experience what has been the best way to go about setting this up? Mac does not allow .exe files. After retrieving Microsoft Project 2013 from DreamSpark what options have you found to be most efficient?

    I have considered a Microsoft emulator called Wine. I have also considered using bootcamp.
    With your experience what would you suggest?

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