Project Management

EM 231 – Project Management Strategies & Methodologies

Next offered: September 2017
Lecturer:  Kishore Kumar Pochampally, PhD, PMP®, Six Sigma Black Belt

Course overview

In today’s unpredictable, fast-moving business environment, project management can make or break a product launch or a master plan. It also can have a profound impact on the course of a company—or a career. Project Management Strategies & Methodologies is a learning-in-action experience that gives you the tools, techniques, and confidence to keep large-scale, time-sensitive projects on track and on time. You also will learn how to implement agile methodologies to manage projects with complex requirements and high levels of change.

How it works

Dynamic, hands-on, and team-oriented, Project Management Strategies & Methodologies is a singular opportunity to learn project management by doing project management. With the skills and knowledge you gain in this course, you will prepare a plan for a real-world project, including sub-plans for scope, stakeholders, cost, schedule, procurement, human resources, risk, quality, communications, and integration. You will see firsthand what works and what doesn’t, learning from your own project and from the projects of your classmates. You also will discover how effective agile methodologies are when deployed in a coordinated, team-centered organizational culture. And if you are planning to pursue the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential, this course will help you prepare for the exam.

Your key takeaway

Through Project Management Strategies & Methodologies, you will learn to initiate, plan, execute, monitor, control, and close a project successfully. You will build stakeholder buy-in every step of the way and strengthen your core skills as a manager. You also can leverage your capabilities to enter a new career track as a project manager, estimator, or scheduler.

What you will learn

As a student in Project Management Strategies & Methodologies, you will learn to initiate new projects and lead them to completion with these key capabilities:

  • Identify project stakeholders and document their needs
  • Create a scope statement and construct a work breakdown structure
  • Develop time and cost estimates
  • Build a project network diagram and identify the critical path(s)
  • Create a communications plan
  • Discover process waste in projects
  • Identify risks and perform risk response planning
  • Use earned value method to monitor and report project progress
  • Learn your way around essential project management and risk management software
  • Choose a waterfall or iterative project lifecycle based on project characteristics
  • Initiate new projects and lead them to completion

When and where the course is scheduled

Dates & Time: To be announced

Location: Tufts University, Medford, MA
200 Boston Ave.

Tuition/Costs

Tuition for the 2017-2018 Academic Year: $2,526 per ½ credit course. Purchase of books and other required course materials are the responsibility of the student. Payment is due with course registration. You can pay by VISA, Mastercard, Discover, or check (payable to Trustees of Tufts College). Additional details on tuition and registration.