Foundation in IS Project Management
 
 

Foundation in IS Project Management

Course Code: MPMF

Duration: 3 days

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Course Overview

The Foundation in IS Project Management course focuses on project management issues in the context of IS/IT applications. Key course areas include:

  • the nature of projects and project work
  • effective project planning
  • monitoring and control
  • change control
  • configuration management
  • quality issues
  • project estimation and risk
  • project organisation and communication

The course acts as an important first stepping stone in acquiring a more formal knowledge of IS/IT project management principles and is ideal for those about to take up a management role for the first time.

Course Content

Project environment

  • Characteristics of a project; the 'triple constraint' of time/cost/quality
  • Project and operational responsibilities
  • Special features of computer projects
  • Role of the Project Manager
  • Project success and failure
  • Development lifecycles

Project initiation

  • Stakeholder analysis and management
  • Defining the objectives and scope of the project
  • The role of the Client and their responsibilities
  • Project constraints and resources
  • Project Initiation Document

Project planning

  • The importance of breaking work down
  • Product breakdown structures
  • Project and User deliverables
  • Standard deliverable sets and templates
  • Product flows and work packages
  • The concept of dependencies

Estimating deliverables

  • Key concepts in estimating
  • Estimating difficulties
  • Estimating by analogy
  • Parametric estimating
  • Effort and elapsed time estimates
  • Schedule compression

Planning networks and charts

  • Precedence diagrams and project networks
  • The critical path and its implications
  • Gantt charts and resource histograms
  • Planning at an appropriate level
  • The use and abuse of planning software

Working in teams

  • The elements of a good team
  • Team composition
  • Team roles

Motivation and management style

  • The roots of motivation at work
  • Approaches to motivation (Maslow, Herzberg)
  • The effect of management style

Project risk management

  • Purpose of risk management
  • Risk management process
  • Identifying and assessing risks
  • Introduction to quantitative risk assessment

Project quality plans

  • Principles of quality management
  • The contents of a quality plan
  • Quality Management
  • Configuration management

The project plan

  • Elements of a project plan (schedule, quality, risk)
  • Contents and structure of a project plan

Project monitoring, reporting and control

  • The importance of monitoring and control
  • Allocating personal deliverables
  • Progress measurement
  • Time recording
  • Introduction to earned value analysis
  • Dealing with non-delivery
  • Slippage and re-planning - corrective actions
  • Change control, scope creep and over-engineering
  • Reporting structures

Project completion

  • Project sign-off and the need for a controlled close
  • Post-project reviews

The project manager

  • The project manager's role revisited
  • Qualities and characteristics of effective project managers

BCS Certification

This course covers the syllabus of the Foundation Certificate in IS Project Management offered by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. The examination is a one-hour closedbook test with 40 multiple-choice questions; candidates must achieve 26 correct answers (65%) for a pass.



Last Edited: May 2016

 

Foundation in IS Project Management

Duration: 3 days

RRP: £1,210.00 exc. VAT 


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