IT 380

Managing IT Projects (3 credits)

Text:  Information Technology Project Management, 8th Edition by Kathy Schwalbe, Cengage, 2016

Course Information:The objectives of this course are to cover the fundamental concepts in managing IT projects. Topics include planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing a project, designing a comprehensive project management plan, developing strategies in managing complexity in large projects, and understanding agility in project management. Project management concepts such as planning, scheduling, cost and effort estimation, risk analysis and mitigation, human resources management, communication management, and stakeholder management will be presented in detail.

Prerequisite:  Upper-level IT eligibility or consent of the instructor.

Required/Elective: Required

Course Outcomes:

Students should be capable of:

  1. Analyze and define an IT project’s requirements, scope and constraints
  2. Develop an IT project management plan to monitor and control the execution and closure of a project
  3. Become proficient in use of project management modeling methodologies, cost and effort estimation techniques, and software tools
  4. Identify potential risks in a project and develop a mitigation plan to manage them
  5. Understand how to manage a team and how to effectively communicate with all project stakeholders

Student Outcomes: 

B.  An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution

F.  An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

M.  An understanding of best practices and standards and their application

N.  An ability to assist in the creation of an effective project plan

Course Topics:

  1. Project management and the IT context
  2. Project Management Institute, PMI Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), PMI code of ethics and professional conduct
  3. IT Projects, programs, portfolios, and project leadership
  4. Project methodologies and processes
  5. Project scope definition and work breakdown structure
  6. Project planning and scheduling management
  7. Planning and scheduling tools such as activity networks, PERT diagrams and critical path modeling
  8. Project effort and cost estimation and management
  9. Project quality management
  10. Project human resources and stakeholders management
  11. Project team organization and leadership
  12. Project risk identification, analysis, and mitigation plans
  13. Project procurement management
  14. Global projects, project outsourcing and distributed teams
  15. Organizational change, resistance, and conflicts management
  16. Project deployment, closure, and postmortem evaluation

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times
KU Today