Project Management is concerned with the management and control of a group of interrelated tasks required to be completed in an efficient and timely manner for the successful accomplishment of the objectives of the project. Since each project is usually unique in terms of task structure, risk characteristics and objectives, the management of projects is significantly different from the management of repetitive processes designed to produce a series of similar products or outputs.
Large-scale projects are characterized by a significant commitment of organizational and economic resources coupled with a high degree of uncertainty. Thus, it is imperative for managers to understand what are the main issues and problems in the management of projects and to have a thorough knowledge of the conceptual models and techniques available to deal with them.
The main objective of this course is to enhance the ability of the participants to deal with the unique challenges presented by large-scale projects so that they can be more effective as Project Managers. We will study in detail up-to date concepts, models and techniques useful for the evaluation, analysis, management and control of projects.
The course topics comprise the following 2 parts:
I. ORGANIZATION AND CONTROL OF PROJECTS
In this part we integrate the organizational and operations issues involved in the management and control of projects. We integrate the use of control tools such as Earned-Value-Analysis with the organizational structures required to support different types of projects. Topics include:
Project Organizational Structures. In this section we study the different organizational structures used to manage projects and examine the advantages and disadvantages of each. This will help us to match the organizational structure that is better suited to manage projects with different characteristics.
Control of Projects and Analysis of...