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Learn to successfully manage complex projects

Professional Certificate in
Engineering Project Management: Mastering Project Complexity
DelftX

What you will learn

  • To manage your project successfully in different sectors and contexts.
  • To work together successfully in a project team.
  • To examine the elements of a project (such as interfaces, stakeholders, cultures, environment, technology, etc.) and their intricate interactions.
  • To identify what makes a project complex and how to perform a complexity assessment.
  • To develop a complexity footprint and adapt your management processes to fit the complexities of your project.

Underestimating project complexity is widely accepted as one of the major causes of project failure. Based on international benchmarking activities (Merrow, 2010), we know that an average of 40% of projects do not deliver what they promised.

So how can you as an engineer with a technical background improve your project performance?

In this program, you will learn the project management skills you need to successfully manage engineering projects. First you will focus on the early project phases, which are crucial to achieve project success. The areas covered include the project manager and the team, the project process and the project context. At the end of this part of the program you will have created your own project execution plan.

But how will you deal with the inherent uncertainties linked to the length and scale of engineering and infrastructure projects and their constantly changing environments? As with most external factors, many of the causes and consequences of these uncertainties are difficult to avoid or control. Attempts to overcome these challenges by simply trying to reduce their causes is not enough.

In the second part of the program you will learn our approach to mastering project complexity, focused on front-end development and teamwork. You will develop the skills you need to make timely actions in order to tackle complexities and improve your chances of project success.

You will learn to identify what makes a project complex and how to perform a complexity assessment. You will analyze these elements in the context of your own project. Then, based on our complexity framework, you will identify the complexity footprint of your project and use it to adapt your management processes.

This course has been designed by TU Delft’s international experts on Project Complexity, and is based on more than 60 years of practical experience as well as relevant research in the field. “We see projects still fail and there is a need to do things differently. That’s what this course is about: delivering the best practices for project execution based on our state-of-the-art research.” – Professor Hans Bakker.

Expert instruction
2 skill-building courses
Instructor-led
Assignments and exams have specific due dates
4 months
4 - 6 hours per week
$268.20
$298USD
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. DelftX's Engineering Project Management: Mastering Project Complexity Professional Certificate

  2. Started Sep 12, 2019
    4–6 hours per week, for 10 weeks

    Create your own project plan and learn the importance of the early project phases in achieving project success. People are key!

  3. Starts Mar 12, 2020
    4–6 hours per week, for 5 weeks
    Develop the project management skills you need to handle complexity in engineering, infrastructure and other large projects.
    • Project management professions are expected to grow by 33 percent through 2027. (source: Project Management Institute).
    • Nearly 22 million new jobs will be created during the next decade — and by 2027, employers will need nearly 88 million individuals working in project management-oriented roles (source: Project Management Institute).
    • Average salary of a project manager: $81,201 per year and a senior project manager: $103,096 per year in the US (source: indeed.com - 2017).

Meet your instructors

from Delft University of Technology (DelftX)
Marcel J. C. M. Hertogh
Professor, Infrastructure Design and Management
Delft University of Technology
Marian G. C. Bosch-Rekveldt
Assistant Professor in Project Management
Delft University of Technology
Hans L. M. Bakker
Professor, Management of Engineering Projects
Delft University of Technology

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Program endorsements

Delft University of Technology combines the entire range of hard and soft skills for the future project manager in their Professional Certification Programs for Project Management. At Royal HaskoningDHV, we contribute to a better society and improve people’s lives through delivering work underpinned by our sustainable values and goals. Excellent project managers who are able to lead today’s and future’s complex and innovative projects in an adaptive way are key for us. Therefore we fully endorse the Professional Certification Program for Project Management of TU Delft. Let’s enhance society together!

Erik Oostwegel , CEO, Royal HaskoningDHV

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FAQs

  • TU Delft offers two PCPs in this field, each consisting of a series of two courses: (1) Management of Engineering Projects; Dealing with Complexity: (a) Project Management of Engineering Projects: Preparing for Success! (b) Project Management: Mastering Complexity. (2) Management and Financing of Engineering Projects: (a) Project Management of Engineering Projects: Preparing for Success! (b) Project Finance: Funding Projects Successfully.

  • If you decide to take one of the two PCPs, you will have to complete the course Project Management of Engineering Projects: Preparing for Success! AND Project Management: Mastering Complexity OR Project Finance: Funding Projects Successfully. You will then receive a PCP certificate and a course certificate for each individual course. If you decide to take the two PCPs, you will have to complete all three courses: Project Management of Engineering Projects: Preparing for Success!, Project Management: Mastering Complexity AND Project Finance: Funding Projects Successfully. You will then receive two PCP certificates and a course certificate for each individual course.

  • If you take one of the three courses, and upgrade to a verified certificate, you will receive an individual course certificate.

  • If you received a verified certificate for the MOOC Project Management of Engineering Projects: Preparing for Success! in 2016 or 2017, you are eligible for a PCP certificate if you take the second course of the PCP in 2018.

  • No, you cannot retroactively upgrade for the verified certificate for this MOOC. If you want to pursue the PCP credential you will have to take the MOOC Project Management of Engineering Projects: Preparing for Success! again and upgrade to a verified certificate.

  • No, even if you complete(d) the MOOC Project Management of Engineering Projects: Preparing for Success! with a verified certificate you will not be entitled to receive a PCP certificate if you combine this with our previously offered Professional Education Courses. Those Professional Education Course(s) covered the same topics, but they were not technically designed to be part of this new PCP credential. If you are interested in the edX PCP certificate you will have to take the new versions of these courses on edX.

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