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Instructions for Preparing Assignment 1: Theoretical Work

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Analysis of project case studies using various concep...
Instructions for Preparing Assignment 2: Field Work

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Study and analyze a project selected by the group (technolo...
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  1. 1. Haifa University Graduate School of Management Course Name: Project Management Lecturer: Dr. Dora Cohenca-Zall Lectures: Friday 8:00 – 11:00 Consultation Hours: By appointment, tel.: 04-8244094, doracz@netvision.net.il Course Objectives Understand the principles of project management in dynamic environments. Increase awareness of context factors, multidisciplinary and multicultural aspects of projects. Course Content The course will focus on the following subjects: Management by projects, approaches to project management, principles of project management in dynamic environments, planning and controlling projects under uncertainty, people, organizations and culture, teamwork, communications and monitoring, leadership and awareness to projects' context factors. Course Methodology The course's learning takes place through three main activities: reading of course material; active participation in discussions on the cases and stories presented in the lectures, preparation of course assignments. Grading Criteria Class Assignment 1: 30% Class Assignment 2: 45% Oral Presentation: 15% Attendance and active participation in lectures: 10% (Attendance to Oral presentations is compulsory and represents 2% of the attendance grade). References 1. Laufer, Simultaneous Management: Managing Projects in a Dynamic Environment, AMACOM, American Management Association, 1996, New York. 2. Laufer, and E. Hoffman, Project Management Success Stories: Lessons of Project Leadership, Wiley, 2000, New York. 3. Laufer, T. Post, E. Hoffman, Shared Voyage: Learning and Unlearning from Remarkable Projects, NASA History Series, 2004. www.technion.ac.il/~allaufer/SV.pdf 4. http://appel.nasa.gov/ (and then ASK MAGAZINE) 5. Kerzner, Harold. Project Management, A systems approach to planning, scheduling, and controlling; 6th edition, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1998 6. Course Case Studies: To be found in Shared Voyage. Submittal Requirements Submittal of Assignment # 1 - 7.3.2008. Submittal of Assignment # 2 - 4.4.2008. Oral Presentations- to take place in the last (or two last) scheduled lectures – 28.3.2008, 4.4.2008. 1 February 2008
  2. 2. Course Plan No. Date Subject Reading Material (at home, in preparation for lesson) 1 15/02/2008 Introduction- course's objectives, PMSS XI-XVI, XX-XXII methodology (learning through SV 1-7, SM 1-10 stories) and requirements. SM 1-10, 13-17, 22-34 Principles for Project Management http://appel.nasa.gov/ articles in Dynamic environments from ASK Magazine Issue # 19 Systematic and Integrative by Laufer, A.; Gadeken, O.) Planning 2 22/02/2008 Planning under Uncertainty SM 41-74, 75-86, 90-101 3 29/02/2008 Monitoring and Control SM 237-257, PMSS 120-123, Implementation: Focus on Results 131-133, SV 29-33 4 07/03/2007 People and Organizations: PM in SM 134 -165 the various organizational SV 35-37, 47-49, 62-63 structures. Teamwork PMSS 205-208, 181-186, 193-194 5 14/03/2008 Teamwork (cont) SV Chapter 3- JASSM 77-124 Attitude: Leadership 21/03/2008 Purim 6 28/03/2008 Attitude: Leadership (cont), PMSS 2-7, 24-27, 30-31 Challenge the Status Quo, Adopt a Will to Win SV – JASSM 1; PMSS 79-81, 91-92, Awareness to Context 86-88, 95-101, 149-151 7 4/04/2008 Oral Presentations ASK Magazine Issue # 1 (articles Course Summary by Collins, O'Neill) PMSS - A. Laufer, and E. Hoffman, Project Management Success Stories: Lessons of Project Leadership, Wiley, 2000, New York. SM - A. Laufer, Simultaneous Management: Managing Projects in a Dynamic Environment, AMACOM, American Management Association, 1996, New York. SV - A. Laufer, T. Post, E. Hoffman, Shared Voyage: Learning and Unlearning from Remarkable Projects, NASA History Series, 2004. 2 February 2008
  3. 3. Instructions for Preparing Assignment 1: Theoretical Work Objective Analysis of project case studies using various concepts learned in the course. Instructions This assignment involves the reading of a Case Study (Project Story) and its analysis according to the assignment instructions. The optional Case Studies are published in the course's site and they are published in the book Shared Voyage: AMRAAM, PATHFINDER, JASSM, ACE. The assignment to be submitted individually. Questions 1. Indicate 4 context factors that influence the management of the project. Describe each factor and justify your answer (why did you choose the specific factor) (up to 4 rows for each factor and its justification) (16%). 2. Indicate 4 activities executed in the project in order to cope with the factors selected above. Describe each activity and justify your answer (why did you choose the specific factor) (up to 4 rows for each factor and its justification) (16%). 3. Describe 2 activities/coping mechanisms that, according to your understanding, exemplify the principles of project management in dynamic environments taught in the course (the 15 Principles are described in the article: ASK Magazine Issue 19, article by A. Laufer). Justify your answer (why do you think so?) Select only 5 out of the 15 principles (40%). 4. What would you have done if you were the project management? (Indicate at least two activities different from those shown in the case study) (10%). 5. Describe three context factors/events/coping mechanisms/decisions that you learned most from or that surprised you (two rows for the description and two for your justification – Why did they surprise you?) (8%). 6. Describe a personal event/short story (related to work or private life) in which, in hindsight, you implemented one of the principles for project management taught in the course. Justify your answer (relate event to principle) (up to one page per story and justification) (10%). 7. Bonus question: After reading a second Case Story (from Shared Voyage), select three principles that, in your understanding, were utilized in both projects. Explain how these principles were applied differently/similarly to both projects (Hint: refer to the differences in the context factors influencing both projects) (20%). Note: Questions 4-6 are personal, each student in the group must provide his/her answer to the questions. 3 February 2008
  4. 4. Instructions for Preparing Assignment 2: Field Work Objective Study and analyze a project selected by the group (technological or organizational) in order to evaluate the usage and implementation of the project management principles taught in class. Preferably, the selected project should be considered a "successful" project by the managers and/or clients involved in its implementation. General 1. The assignment will be presented in groups of two students. 2. This assignment aims to help the student process and analyze the knowledge and learning acquired throughout the course, through its application to real life situations. 3. The project selected should describe project management processes performed in a reasonably successful manner (according to the opinion of the project manager and/or lead client). 4. All groups must select one project (either technological or organizational), preferably related to the professional activity performed by the student at this time. The project selected must meet the following criteria: a. Moderate to High complexity (i.e., it involves a number of parties – departments, external or internal stakeholders, sub-contractors; involves technologically innovative systems). b. The project was defined and delivered using formal processes. c. The project is relatively recent. Its design and/or execution stage was not completed more than a year ago. 5. The Case Study will evaluate the extent to which the principles learned in the course were actually applied throughout the project's execution. 6. As part of the preparation of the Case Study, students must interview at least three people closely involved with the project selected, either at its inception, design or implementation stage. If possible, the student will collect and use additional sources of information, such as documents describing the project, schedules, etc. 7. The Oral Final Presentations will be presented by all members in the group. Assignment Content • Executive Summary (150-200 words). • Work Methodology: Name of the group member involved in the project selected for the assignment, name of interviewees and positions, difficulties in conducting the assignment (if relevant) (150-200 words). • Project Description 1. Project's objectives and components 2. Context factors and special constraints at the initial project stage: market conditions, uncertainty, company culture, organizational environment, relationship between the client and project team, time constrains, pace, etc. 3. Management and Organization: Cost, schedule, brief technical description, project organization and team (formal and informal), type of contracts. 4. Risks and special challenges and/or unique characteristics (innovativeness, previous experience, special requirements), both at the initial stage and as the project developed. 5. Results and achievements of the project (including surprises). 4 February 2008
  5. 5. • Analysis and conclusions 1. Description of activities and processes implemented throughout the project (the "project story"). 2. Analysis and interpretation of the above through the "lenses" of the project management principles learned in the course (describe 4-6 activities/processes/actions undertaken by the project manager/team that could be explained or interpreted through the PM principles learned in class). 3. Conclusions and learning from the project manager's leadership qualities. Important Recommendations for Writing the Report • The project must include examples and short stories throughout the report. • The report must address the following items: a. Clarity, stability and feasibility of the project's objectives. b. Scope management. c. Management support, colleagues support and worker's support. d. Cost and schedule control e. Client's involvement in the project f. Project Manager: talents, experience, leadership, etc. g. Influence of context factors: uncertainty of ends and means, competitiveness Report Format and Length • The report's language must be clear and precise. Pay special attention to paragraphs and sections' structure and length. The report must be written using short and clear sentences. • The report must be typed (spacing 1.5, font 12). • Number of words: between 3000 and 4000 (appendices not included). Assignment Report: Evaluation and Grading Criteria Project Description – 40% Depth of Analysis – 40% Quality of writing, use of stories – 20% Lack of clarity or lack of relevance should be avoided. Submittal in soft and hard copy. Oral Presentations: Evaluation and Grading Criteria The objective of the Oral Presentation is to share each group's learning with the rest of the class. The students will be learning about different types of projects and various project management approaches, as presented by the groups. Length of Presentation: 12 minutes and questions/discussions. Content of Presentation: Expose aspects of the selected project: description, context, analysis of processes or activities, etc. Grading Criteria: content (50%), creativity and interest raised (50%). The presentations will be presented by the members of the group that were not directly involved in the implementation of the selected project. Submittal in soft and hard copy. 5 February 2008

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