Managing Projects
Texas A&M University MGMT 658
Dr. Victoria Buenger
Fall 2020
415E Wehner

845-4851
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:15-12:30 and by appointment

Dynamic Course Schedule


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TOPICS AND READINGS REQUIREMENTS
Prior to first class day
Syllabus

Guidelines for Written Work
Thursday, August 20
Introduction and Course Overview REQUIRED FOR IN-PERSON ATTENDEES:  Please bring a name tent to put on the table during class discussion.  Continue to display it each class period until you are sure everyone knows your name.

REQUIRED FOR REMOTE ATTENDEES:  Please ensure you have strong and stable internet, that your video is on, and that your name is displayed as you want to be called on the screen.

Tuesday, August 25

Getting Started with Project Management

Supplemental Video: Last 40 Years in Project Management (UK Style)

5:00 p.m. Last day for adding and dropping course for the fall semester.

Thursday, August 27

Defining Project Management--Process and Participants

View: What do we mean by project?

View: What do people think makes a project successful?

Read: Managing Projects

Read: The Nature of Managerial Work
Before 5:00 pm:  Submit Mock Syllabus Quiz due through e-Campus.
Tuesday, September 1
Simple Projects

Goals and Tasks

Notes: Scope and Objectives

Notes: WBS

Handout:  IKEA Alex Drawer Unit

Practical Reading:
Link repaired!  How to Define a Scope

3 Easy Ways to Make a Gantt Chart

In-class: Explain Time Management for Project Managers Exercise
Due 24 hours after the end of class:  Submit Reflection 1

Print out personal copy of
Time Management for Project Managers Exercise.
Thursday, September 3
Understanding yourself and others is key to successful project management and participation. Begin here:

Read:
Personality at Work

Read: Emotional Intelligence

I recommend working through the linked Meyer-Briggs personality questionnaire or some other strength finder to begin the process of self awareness.  You really can't expect to manage others until you can understand and manage yourself.

Monday, September 7
Labor Day

5:00 p.m. Last day for adding and dropping course for the fall semester.

Tuesday, September 8

Personal Time Management

Read: Time Management Skills Checklist

Read:
Steven Covey and his ideas about effective people

In class: Decode and discuss time management exercise and describe examples of time management skills.

Complete the take home Time Management for Project Managers Exercise and bring choices to class.

Due 24 hours after the end of class:  Submit Reflection 2 through e-Campus.

Use this scorecard to record your choices.

Thursday, September 10

Scheduling

Read: The Critical Path Method and Chapter 5: Project Scheduling

Practical Reading:
Evidence Based Scheduling
How to Be a Master Scheduler (book review)

In class:  Receive instruction to complete Scheduling Homework
Self-Assessment Paper due today by the beginning of class.

Practice Problem Network Diagram

Practice Problem Gantt Chart
Tuesday, September 15
Microsoft Project Orientation

Read: Selecting Project Management Software

Background Reading (supplemental):
Project Software (this is a much more detailed overview of understanding the project software we will use in class)

This is what your Lab 1 Report will be based on.
Scheduling Homework due today

Microsoft Project 2016 Orientation Technical Tips (you will need this in class)

Thursday, September 17

Making your Project Models More Realistic

Read: Chapter 4: Project Definition

Read: Dependencies and Constraints

In class:  Instructions on
Data Layout and Manipulation
In-Class Lab 1 (you will need this in class)

Microsoft Project 2016 Lab 1 Technical Tips (you will need this in class)
Friday, September 18
(not a class day)
Last day to apply for all degrees to be awarded in December without a late fee.

Tuesday, September 22

Coordinating with Others

Read: (Very) Basic Communication Theory

Read: Written Communication

Read: Interpersonal Communication

In class:  Communication exercises and scenarios
Dues 24 hours after the end of class:  Submit Reflection 3 through e-Campus.

Thursday, September 24

Estimation

Read: Credible Estimates

Read for discussion: The Mythical Man-Month

Partner Preparation:
Singer Corp. Network Diagram

Practical Reading:
Parallel and Series Tasks
Estimation Games (humor)
 

Tuesday, September 29

Increasing Complexity

Read: Change

Notes: Managing Complexity

Handout:  Change Model

Handout: Responsibility Matrix

Handout: Resource Allocation

Practical Reading:
How Complex Systems Fail
Models
Managing Complex Projects Through Change Management
New! The Scrum Framework (video)

Partner Paper due today by the beginning of class

Thursday, October 1

Scheduling Resources and Budgeting

Practical Reading (This should help you think about where we have been and where we are going in the course:)
Ten Things You Should Know

Resource Loading Homework due today

Microsoft Project 2016 Lab 2 Technical Tips (you will need this in class)

In-Class Lab 2 (you will need this in class)

Tuesday, October 6

Project Managers and Influence

Read: The Wow Project

Read for discussion: The Education of Jerry

Practical Reading:
Competency Model for Project Managers
Drivers for Team Engagement


Thursday, October 8

No Class, Work on Lab Report.

Monday, October 14
(not a class day)
Mid-semester grades due in Office of the Registrar, by noon.

Tuesday, October 13

Managing Risk

Case Analysis--Purchase, download, and read for discussion: Boeing 767: From Concept to Production (A) and complete case study question

Read: Risk

Practical Reading:
Four Components of Risk
Risk Management Doesn't Have to Be Difficult

Case Study Question for Boeing 767 due at the beginning of class

Guidelines for Written Work




Thursday, October 15

Case Analysis (continued)
Due 24 hours after the end of class:  Submit Reflection 4 through e-Campus.
Monday, October 19
(not a class day)

New! Lab 1 Report due by 5:00 p.m.

This is the checklist I will use as your grading rubric. Please print it out and turn in one copy with your report.

Tuesday, October 20

Keeping It Under Control

Handout: Budget and Schedule Control

Read: Chapter 13--Integrating Cost and Schedule Control

Practical Reading:
What Is Earned Value?
How to Track Percent Complete

Thursday, October 22

Control Homework due at the beginning of class.

Microsoft Project 2016 Lab 3 Technical Tips (you will need this in class)

In-Class Lab 3 (you will need this in class)
Tuesday, October 27
Getting Work Done Under Complexity

Politics


Read: Acquiring Political Skills

Practical Reading:
Office Politics Isn't Something You Can Sit Out
Due 24 hours after the end of class:  Submit Reflection 5 through e-Campus.
Thursday, October 29
Team Building and Team Work

Read: Building Effective Teams

Read: Team Leaders


Read for discussion: TBD
Practical Reading:
Managing Two People Who Hate Each Other
How to Help an Underperformer
Chapter 7: The Project Team


Tuesday, November 3
Complex Communication

Practical Reading:
How to Give Your Team Feedback
The Importance of Giving Credit
Why Clear Communication is Vital to Successful Project Management

In class:  Tower of Zin
Due 24 hours after the end of class:    Submit Reflection 6 through e-Campus.
Thursday, November 5
Super Team Kick-Off Meetings

Practical Reading:
Why Meetings Go Wrong


Tuesday, November 10
Performance Measurement and Reward Systems

Read: On the Folly of Rewarding A, While Hoping for B



Last day for all students to drop courses with no penalty (Q-drop).

Last day to change Kinesiology 198/199 grade type.

Last day to officially withdraw from the University.
Merit Pay Exercise

Due 24 hours after the end of class:  Submit Reflection 7 through e-Campus.

Thursday, November 12
Working with Difficult People and Other Project Nuts to Crack 

Read:  Working with Difficult People

In class:  "Consulting" about working with difficult people
Due 24 hours after the end of class: 
Submit Reflection 8 through e-Campus.
Tuesday, November 17
Case Analysis

Read: Peter Olafson A&B and complete case study question
Case study question for Peter Olafson A&B due at the beginning of class.
Thursday, November 19
Read:  Peter Olafson C & D

In class: 
Peter Olafson E & William Jurgens
Due 24 hours after the end of class:  Submit Reflection 9 through e-Campus.
Tuesday, November 24

Crisis Management and Terminating Projects

Read: Hubble Space Telescope

Practical Reading:
Nine Habits that Lead to Terrible Decisions

Due 24 hours after the end of class:  Submit Reflection 10 through e-Campus.
Thursday, November 28
Thanksgiving--No class

Friday, December 6
Super Team Lab Report Final report due by 5:00 pm.









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