Project Management (WS 2017/18)
Introductory Meeting: June 23, 12:00, room 401
Language: Literature/Online part is available in English language only; lectures will be held in German language.
Project management is a required key qualification for the future professional careers of GI students in research and industry. Therefore, the course will first mediate theoretical know-how in
• documentation, and
of projects. Then, the students will learn to apply the theoretical know-how in a simulated project environment in the second part of the course.
Part 1: Theory (50 hours of students’ workload)
preliminary teaching materials: see http://geoinf.uni-muenster.de/pm/
Module 1: Introduction
• Synchronous session
• Motivation for learning project management
• Projects and project management
• Project acquisition
Module 2: Scoping the project
• Project mission and objectives, project charter
• User requirements analysis
• Requirements specification and system specification
Module 3: Project planning
• Product Breakdown Structure & Work Breakdown Structure
• Estimation of resources (duration, personnel, other resources, cost)
• Project Network Diagram
• Finalizing schedule, cost, and personnel
Module 4: Controlling and Communication
• Project meetings & status reports
• Project teams
Module 5: Closing out a project
• Addressing customers
• Customer relationship management
• Internal evaluation
• Online exam
Part 2: Application on simulated project: Development of a specific information system (topic to be decided)
(100 hours of students’ workload)
Module 6: Project overview statement
Module 7: Requirements specification and system specification
Module 8: Product Breakdown Structure & Work Breakdown Structure
Module 9: Project schedule and budget
Part I (Theory) will mainly be done by self-learning. It starts with in introductory online session, which clarifies organizational issues and students’ questions. Then, students will work with the online materials (http://geoinf.uni-muenster.de/pm/), which
• Base on the textbook
• Provide additional information and links in the online text
• Include self-tests at the end of each module.
At the end of part I, students will have the theoretical know-how to pass the online exam in the computer labs.
Part II (Practice) will start with outlining a GI project according to the students’ background and requirements. In this setting, working groups of 3-4 students form GI companies, trying to ”sell” a project to a client. Step by step, the GI companies will develop a project plan, consisting of:
1. Project overview statement (POS),
2. Requirements/system specification,
3. Product Breakdown Structure/ Work breakdown structure (WBS),
4. Project schedule,
5. Project budget.
Based on their theoretical background, the working groups (or GI companies) prepare the respective parts as homework. The teacher provides written feedback to each homework, which will be summarized and discussed in the online sessions of part II.
The final task (final report) will be to make a consistent document from the pieces developed so far: a project proposal to the client.
Students’ workload: 150 hours, equivalent to 5 ECTS credit points
• Do self-tests (at the end of each module of part I) – not graded
• Pass (intermediate) online exam at the end of part I
• Do homework (at the end of each module of part II) and provide presentations – not graded
• Write final report (end of part II)
• Access to e-Learning platform
• Access to reading materials, which are not provided online (textbook)
Required readings: Robert K. Wyzocki (2009): Effective Project Management (fifth edition), Wiley Publishing (available at the faculty library)
• Part one (chapters 1-7)
Further required readings: see online materials, http://ifgi.de/pm.
- Dipl.-Wirt. Inf. Christian Remfert (verantwortlich)