About this course
Project management has emerged as a critical organizational capability in recent years. In parallel with this increased prominence has been the emergence of the “professional project manager,” supported by a sophisticated suite of project management tools and techniques.
Evidence-based project management will evaluate the accumulated data, evidence and research in support of different project management strategies, tools and techniques.
The critical thinking abilities, knowledge and decision-making skills developed in this course are particularly valuable for project managers, emergent leaders, and established managers.
This course is part of the Evidence-Based Management MicroMasters Program.
What you'll learn
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Identify the role of project management in organizational innovation.
- Determine innovative strategies to address organizational opportunities and problems relating to projects.
- Gauge the quality of available evidence in the domain of project management, and use this evidence to inform an effective course of action.
- Recognize the organizational, social and ethical implications associated with different project management strategies.
- Develop a portfolio approach to realize organizational and strategic benefits from projects.
Introduction to the key considerations impacting organizations as they manage portfolios, programs and projects.
Week 2: Project benefits and initiation
Introduction to how organizations identify project benefits and translate these into effective initiation strategies.
Week 3: Processes to create project outputs
Introduction to the relationship between different process and project related outputs.
Week 4: Monitoring and control
Introduction to tools for monitoring and controlling project resources.
Week 5: Project performance and evaluation
Introduction of tools for the collection, synthesis and analysis of different project objectives.
Week 6: Contingency and context
Review and reflect on the limitations of different project management strategies in different contexts, and the importance of contingency strategies to limit risk.
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