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COURSE SYLLABUS OPRE 6372 Initiation 2007-2008 This course covers project selection, interpersonal and organizational issues related to the initiation of projects. Specific topics include investment criteria; project selection models; negotiation techniques and related interpersonal considerations. Instructor\u2019s Information: Dr. Gerald Turner turner.g.a@worldnet.att.net Dr. Sue Freedman suefreedman@sbcglobal.net Jim Newstead JRNewstead@aol.com Dr. Armin Brinkman A.u.G.Brinkmann@t-online.de Course Materials: Textbook: 1. The Project Management Body of Knowledge 2. Project Management: The Managerial Process, 2nd Edition: Clifford Gray and Erik Larson 3. PMP Project Management Professional Study Guide (Sybex) 4. Champoux 5. Natemeyer 6. Managing the Project Team : Vijay Verma Cases: 1.The Strategy That Wouldn\u2019t Travel (HBR 96602) Case Study Articles: From Natemeyer: 1.Principles of Scientific Management: Taylor 1 2. Bureaucracy: Weber3. The Individual and the Organization: Argyris DVDs: 1. 12 Angry Men CD: 2 1. Simulators for high level Petri Nets (includes three simulators \u2013 HPSim, VisualObjectNet and PACE)Course Schedule: 3 Date Mod# Title Description Objectives Module Assignments Feb 20 - 26 Project Selection Criteria - Dr. Gerald Turner - Module 09 Discuss: What is a project? Why launch projects? What value does the enterprise derive from successfully selected, planned and managed projects? Who are the key stakeholders and beneficiaries of this process? \u2022 Explore the world of project selection models, methods and techniques typically used to launch and justify major corporate initiatives and projects. \u2022 Review some of the rationale behind the selection of these change projects and initiatives Required Reading: 1. Project Management: The Managerial Process, 2nd Edition: Clifford Gray and Erik Larson, Chapter 2, pp. 23-45, Aligning Projects with Organizational Strategy. 2. PMP Project Management Professional Study Guide (Sybex), Chapter 3, pp. 86- 96, Using Project Selection Methodologies. 3. PMBoK sections 5.1, all sections Prepare \u201cFilm Prioritization\u201d case, pp. 50-53 for teleconference discussion(5p ts) Feb 27 \u2013 Mar 05 Introduction to Organizational Behavior - Dr. Sue Freedman - Module 10 This session introduces you to the study of organizational behavior and the relationship between OB and successful project management. \u2022 Describe their organizations, applying accepted definitions of culture and structure to known organizations. \u2022 Recognize the complexity, challenge, and opportunity of the people side of project and enterprise management \u2022 Apply project leadership and change management insights to address relevant case studies Required Reading: 1. Gray and Larson chapters 1-3 2. Champoux, chapters1-2 3. Briefly review the following 3 articles in Natemeyer \ue000 Taylor: Principles of Scientific Management) \ue000 Weber: Bureaucracy \ue000 Argyris: The Individual and the Organization Assignments: 1. Prepare 2-3 page summary of Organizational Context Description (4pts) 2.Individual assignment on \u201cStrategy that wouldn\u2019t travel\u201d( 3pts) 3. Team assignment on Moss and McAdams case and Orion Systems case(3pts) Mar 06 \u2013 Mar 12 Groups and Group Process - Dr. Sue Freedman - Module 11 Explores the research and tools for participating in and managing effective groups. Practice identifying and applying the principles and tools of group process to both internal and external groups. \u2022 Identify and provide strategies for generating the characteristics of successful project teams. \u2022 Analyze a functioning group in terms of: o Membership & Organizational Context o Communications o Influence Reading Assignments: 1. Chapter 10, Champoux 2. Review the following chapters in Natemeyer: a. Schein, Groups and Intergroup Relationships b. Tuckman and Jensen Stages of4 o Task & Maintenance Functions o Decision-Making o Conflict Management o Atmosphere o Emotional Issues ã Recognize and describe successful strategies for building and exerting influence in a group. ã Apply group process knowledge to the project management environment Small Group Development 3. Read Chapter 11, Gray and Larson Assignments: 1. Team assignment based on 12 Angry Men(5pts) 2. Individual Assignment from page 344 of Gray and Larson(5pts) Mar 13 – Mar 19 Project Team Building - Jim Newstead - Module 12 Explore basic aspects of initially building an effective project team, focusing on key elements as follows: 1. Sponsorship alignment 2. Team competency and influence 3. Assimilating the team members into the project 4. Launching the project as a cohesive team ã Effectively align the project, the project manager and the project sponsor ã Establish a self-discovered (team) set of key competencies and influences that will be required to successfully complete the project. ã Effectively measure each team member against those competencies and influences required to determine if the “right” team is in place or if a different mix is required. ã Help frame the project to the team to affect buy-in and comprehensive understanding. ã Provide the platform for the team members to move from individual agendas to adopt the project as the objective ã Provide the tools necessary to identify each team members’ expertise, concerns, how the team will function and other critical people- skills required to operate in a high performance environment Reading Assignments: 1. Chapter 3 in Managing the Project Team by Vijay Verma Teleconference: 1. Appoint one team member to report the outcomes of your “tool” exercises (5 pts) Mar 20 – Mar 26 Systems Management - Dr. Armin Brinkman - Module 13 Solve exercise #1 (Order Processing) – No Submission required. Mar 27 – Apr 03 Systems Management - Dr. Armin Brinkman - Module 14 1. Solve exercise #2 (Cigarette Machine- Agent Nets) - No submission required. 2. Solve exercise # 3 - No submission required. Apr 04 – Apr 10 Systems Management - Dr. Armin Brinkman - Module 15 Systems Management is designed to get the complexity of big systems or processes under control. For this, a clearly structured description of the examined system has to be found. Based on that, everyone involved in this system or process should be able to get all the information he or she needs. This is essential for successful project management. To achieve that, a model of the system has to be designed. This model is a description of the system that can be understood ã Accepting that it is a must for successful project management to bring structure to complex systems and how to do it ã Modeling the structure of systems or processes by using Agent Nets ã Modeling the behavior by usingS ta te Transition Diagrams ã Modeling processes by using Petri Nets ã Learning the principles of computer supported process simulation ã Verifying and optimizeprocesses by simulation and analyzing the simulation results efficiently 1. Solve exercise #4 (Cigarette Machine - AN) – No submission required. 2.Solve exercise #5 (Safe) – No submission required 3.Solve exercise #6 (Decision of BigBike) – No submission required 4.Solve exercise #7 (Modified Cigarette) – No submission required
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