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Project Management: People and Technology
Course info
Course module320096-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Economics and Management; TiSEM: Management; TiSEM: Management;
Is part of
M Information Management
M Supply Chain Management
M Data Science and Society
Lecturer(s)
Lecturer
dr. J. Hulstijn
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
BLOK 4
Course mode
Full-time
Remarks-
Registration openfrom 23/03/2020 up to and including 21/08/2020
Aims
Software development projects are hard to manage. In this course we will study methods for project management, both from a ‘people’ and a ‘technology’ perspective. We will contrast technical and managerial aspects of software development, such as processes, tools, budgeting and scheduling, with organizational and human aspects, such as technology adoption, decision making and political support. After the course, participants will be able to explain how to successfully initiate, execute, monitor and manage an IT project.  We will compare traditional project management methods, such as PRINCE-2, and Agile development methods, such as Scrum. The popularity of Agile methods triggers interesting questions. Why do Agile methods work? Do these principles work under all circumstances? 

After the course, participants will be able to explain how to successfully initiate, execute, monitor and manage an IT project.

Knowledge: 
  • explain why managing IT projects remains a challenge for most organizations,
  • define what a project is and describe its attributes,
  • describe the impact IT projects have on an organization,
  • identify the different roles and interests of project stakeholders,
  • identify the main principles of both traditional and Agile project management methods and apply them to specific cases. 
Skills:
  • Participants can make a project planning, a requirements specification and a business case, on the basis of a case description. 
  • Participants can conduct a small research project in groups, and report about the outcomes before a given deadline.   
Attitude:
  • Participants are aware of the multi-disciplinary nature of project management. They appreciate the economic, social and technical aspects of IT projects, and are able to identify the appropriate methods to handle these aspects. 
Content
The course starts with interactive lectures and workshops. Lectures help to explain the reading material: chapters from the book, articles and cases. Possible topics are
  • Project management methods, specifically PRINCE-2 (traditional), and SCRUM (Agile)
  • Methods for project planning, requirements specification and developing a business case for IT projects, including cost estimation. 
  • Methods for project risk management, quality assurance and monitoring progress 
  • Theories about stakeholder support, technology acceptance, and organizational change    
During tutorials students can practice project management skills. Project management is an art, not a science. For this reason, experienced project managers will give guest lectures about project management in practice.  The course ends with a small research project. In groups of four, students analyze traditional and Agile development methods using cases from public sources. Outcomes are presented in a presentation session and a written report. 

Type of instructions
Lectures, tutorials 
Type of exams
Written Exam (60%) and Group Report (40%), assignments (pass)
 
Course available for exchange students
Master level, conditions apply
Contact person
dr. J. Hulstijn
Timetable information
Project Management: People and Technology
Written test opportunities
DescriptionTestBlockOpportunityDate
Written test opportunities (HIST)
DescriptionTestBlockOpportunityDate
Schriftelijk (70%) / Written (70%)EXAM_01BLOK 4109-06-2020
Schriftelijk (70%) / Written (70%)EXAM_01BLOK 4203-07-2020
Required materials
Literature
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ISBN:978-1-118-91101-3
Title:Information Technology Project Management (2015) or later
Author:Marchewka, Jack T.
Publisher:John Wiley and Sons
Edition:5
Reader
Selection of articles to be made available on Canvas.
Recommended materials
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Tests
Written (70%)

Final grade

Term paper (30%)

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