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2010/2011 Technology, Policy and Management Master Engineering and Policy Analysis
Project Management
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Prof.dr.ir. A. Verbraeck    A.Verbraeck@tudelft.nl
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Characteristics of complex engineering projects. State-of-the-art methods and tools for project management, addressing scope, time, cost, risks, quality, contracting, information, and organizational issues. Typical problems and strategies for solving problems related to projects. Support with planning tools and project management information systems. Case studies of successful projects and failures. International projects. Specific attention to risk management in projects and to the use of range estimates using risk analysis.
Course Contents
1. Kickoff: Introduction to Project Management
Why do complex engineering projects fail so often?

2. Project Life Cycle, Project Phases / Project Planning
How are projects structured? A. Conception, B. Definition, C. Execution, contracting, implementation, D. Operation

3. Project Scope and Time
Setting the project boundaries, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
Planning & scheduling, network scheduling, critical path method (CPM), Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT), resource constraints

4. Project Cost and Quality
Estimating, project cost accounting, scheduling and forecasting for costs;
QM, QC, TQM, six sigma, other techniques.

5. Project Organization; Teams and Coordination
Different possibilities: pure project organization, matrix organization, project office. Responsibilities within projects.

6. Project Management Tools; MS-Project
Project CONTROL and SUPPORT - PMIS (Project support software, MS-Project, Primavera, PertMaster), evaluation, reporting, contract closing. Earned Value Analysis (EVA).

7. Qualitative Project Risk
Special attention to RISK in relation to the project promises on scope, quality, time and cost. Ways to identify, classify, and deal with risks in projects, RAM.

8. Workshop based on Mars video
Risk analysis workshop.

9. Quantitative Project Risk; PertMaster demonstration
Point estimates versus range estimates, effect of uncertainty, risk register, relationship with time, cost, NPV.

10. International Projects
Communication in international projects. Characteristics of an international project manager.

11. Contracting and Procurement
Contracting strategies, remuneration schemes for projects. Lump Sum versus reimbursable contracts. Relationship with risk.

12. Systems Engineering and Project Management
Engineering projects. Different strategies for structuring the project. V-model, Spiral model, Waterfall model. High-quality projects. SEMP.

13. Successful and failed projects; indicators of success
Discussion of case studies of successful and failed projects. Analysis of reason for success and failure. Complexity in projects. TOE framework.

14. Summary and wrap-up; old exams
Study Goals
The course aims at providing knowledge and skills for successfully carrying out projects in engineering and business. Many of the subjects covered in the course are applicable both for small projects (e.g. the thesis project) and for larger, capital intensive, industry projects.
Education Method
4 hours per week lecture
4 hours per week self-study and small assignments
around 20 hours preparation for exam
3 hours exam
Literature and Study Materials
Book to be used:
J.R. Meredith and S.J. Mantel. Project Management: A Managerial Approach. 7th edition (6th edition, which can often be bought cheaply as a 2nd hand book, will also be fine). John Wiley, 2009. ISBN 978-0-470-40026-5.

In addition, several background papers will be made available through the Blackboard site for epa1411 - Project Management.
Written exam, on the basis of a brief 2-page case study.
Permitted Materials during Tests
All course materials, notes, books, slides, and reader can be used during the exam. Computers and mobile phones are not permitted.