We believe that the most interesting, cutting-edge work happens within the context of a project. The fact that projects are often charting new courses represents the appeal and risk of becoming project managers. While each project is unique, there are common tools and techniques that can be applied to managing the work to a (usually) successful conclusion. These tools include strong team building, negotiation, and planning. There are industry standards and vocabulary that can be learned to make transitioning between different organizations as a project manager much easier. We will teach the standards and how to apply them based on the needs of each project. We believe the number one adjective to apply to all successful project managers is flexible. We may not be able to teach someone to be flexible, but we can give them enough samples, examples, and stories to have a large arsenal to draw on in managing projects.
Class Meetings & Office Hours
Class meets on Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00 in 110 South Hall. The format of the class will be a mix of lectures, class discussions and project management exercises.
Office Hours will be Wednesdays, 111 South Hall, 4:00-5:00 p.m. or by appointment.
Grading will be 70% on assignments and 30% on in-class work.
Readings and Books
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, by Patrick Lencioni
Agile Estimating and Planning, by Mike Cohn
Additional readings will be assigned in class.
Students will be required to join Gantthead, to be used as a course resource.