Managing a (technological) project is a complex matter, that involves aspects from several related fields. Projects have - by definition - a one-of-a-kind character and are constrained by limited resources (money, people, ...), and often have to be performed under severe time limitations. Examples abound: IT-projects, software implementations, space and aircraft projects, complex construction projects, ... Moreover, even environments that typically have a repetitive character, feel the need arise for a project approach (in a matrix structure): chemical industry, improvement and change processes in traditional industries, business process reengingeering, product design, ...
This course offers a holistic view on the subject of "technological project management" and treats a multitude of different subjects, both managerial and technical. It is assumed that project management is a skill that should be acquired in practice and therefore the students are asked to work out an integrated project in small groups. Students are also taught to work with project management software and improve their communication skills.
The following subjects are treated in the first semester of the course:
- What is (the goal of) project management
- Project management in an organizational context
- Scope management
- Risk management
- Project cost and budgetting
- Project scheduling
- Resource management
- Project evaluation and control
In the second semester different goals are set, depending on the specific project. Together with the internal and external supervisor different KPI's are defined, determining successful project completion. Most of these projects are collaborations with non-for-profit organisations.