aka Change Leadership Studio – Messina Sec002

Schedule

 

 

Class Schedule

Dates

Topics
Week 1 – 9/1 Course introduction   

Class Discussion

Biafore Introduction
Biafore Chapter 1
Biafore Chapter 2

Videos 
Introduction
Exploring Project Management 

Week 2 – 9/8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Studio
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
Biafore Chapter 6

Videos

Initiating a Project

Planning a Project

 

Web Research

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?

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

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.  

 

Week 3 – 9/15  Studio
Bring to class a first draft of the problem statement, project charter and WBS for your project.

Class Discussion
Biafore Chapter 7 

Videos     

Building a Project Schedule

Change Leadership – 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

 

Week 4 – 9/22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Studio
Bring your first draft of the risk management plan, communications plan, quality management plan and change management plan to class.

Class Discussion
Biafore: Chapter 5

Web Research

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 – 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

 

Review for Exam 1

Weekly progress reports begin.

Weekly journal entries begin.

Week 5 – 9/29  Studio
Bring your first draft of the scope document, budget and project schedule to class. 

Exam 1 

Week 6 – 10/6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Video
Running a Project 

Class Discussion
Biafore Chapter 8

Web Research
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 “overallocation”?

 

Studio

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-  Kotter – Get the Vision Right

Painting Pictures of the Future

Cost Versus Service

The Plane Will Not Move!

The Body in the Living Room

 

Week 7 – 10/13

 

 

 

 
Studio
Please come to class prepared to give the class an update on the current status of your project.

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

Change Leadership – Kotter – Communicate for Buy-In  

Preparing for Q&A

My Portal

Nuking the Executive Floor

The Screen Saver

Week 8 – 10/20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Class Discussion
Biafore Chapter 9
Biafore Chapter 10 

Web Research
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 – Kotter – Empower Action

   
Retooling the Boss

The Worldwide Competition

I Survived, So You Can Too

Making Movies on the Factory Floor

Harold and Lidia

 

Week 9 – 10/27  
Studio
Please come to class with a revised budget for your project.

Class Discussion  
Biafore Chapter 11
Biafore Chapter 12
Biafore Chapter 13
Biafore Chapter 14

Review for Exam 2 

Week 10 – 11/3

 

 

 

 

 Studio  
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.

Exam #2  

Week 11 – 11/10  
Studio
Please come to class prepared to give the class an update on the current status of your project. 

Class Discussion
Quality and Risk Management.  No assigned reading, just web research. 

Web Research
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 – 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

Week 12 – 11/17  
Studio
·Come to class with a revised risk management plan. 
Class Discussion  
Biafore Chapter 15
Biafore Chapter 16

Web Research·     
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 – Kotter – Don’t Let Up

PE Ratios

The Merchant of Fear

Reducing Twenty-Five Pages to Two

The Street

 

Week 13 – 12/1  Studio
Come to class with revised versions of your change management and communications management plan. 

Class Discussion
Biafore Chapter 17 

Video
Closing a Project
Conclusion 

Change Leadership –  Kotter – Make Change Stick· 

The Boss Went to Switzerland

The Path to the Patient

Promoting the Thirty-Something

he Home Mortgage

 

Class Discussion
Review for exam #3

Week 14 – 12/8  
Studio
Final project review (bring your team binder).

Exam #3 and Hand In Project

 

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