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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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.
- 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
Type of instructions
Type of exams
Written Exam (60%) and Group Report (40%), assignments (pass)
|Course available for exchange students|
|Master level, conditions apply|
|Written test opportunities|
|Written test opportunities (HIST)|
|Schriftelijk (70%) / Written (70%)||EXAM_01||BLOK 4||1||09-06-2020|
|Schriftelijk (70%) / Written (70%)||EXAM_01||BLOK 4||2||03-07-2020||Required materials|
|Title||:||Information Technology Project Management (2015) or later|
|Author||:||Marchewka, Jack T.|
|Publisher||:||John Wiley and Sons|
|Selection of articles to be made available on Canvas.|
|Term paper (30%)|