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IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT

CODE 101806
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 10852 COMPUTER SCIENCE (LM-18) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR INF/01
    LANGUAGE English
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The percentage of IT projects running late and over budget is disturbingly high. Learning the basics of project management is imperative for ambitious junior developers to have a reference framework to understand a higher perspective on development projects. Thus, they will quickly harness their experiences to become proficient project managers.

    This course will introduce terminology and main concepts of classical project management and their application to agile (software) systems development.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Learning the fundamental concepts, roles, and responsibilities of IT project management and develop skills for effective project management and leadership.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Students will get a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts, roles, and responsibilities of IT project management. Besides, they will develop skills for effective project management and leadership that are essential for successfully guiding teams and projects.

    PREREQUISITES

    Some familiarity with IT development is helpful to understand the examples and have a gut feeling of the problems the project management techniques address.

    TEACHING METHODS

    The course consists of traditional lectures, presenting theoretical arguments and proposing application exercises to reinforce the learning of the theory. In addition, collective discussions on the topics presented will be strongly encouraged.

    Attendance is strongly recommended.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The course consists of two distinct parts.

    The first is devoted to predictive project management, while the second introduces agile methodologies and their impact on project management.

    Predictive project management

    • Introduction to the main scopes of the Project Management (the what, how, with whom, when, at which costs)
    • Basic tools​
      • Scenario
      • PBS, ABS, OBS, WBS
      • WP
    • Starting  a Project​
      • Cost Analysis
      • Risk Analysis
      • Economic Value Added (EVA)
    • Scheduling a Project​
      • GANTT
      • PERT
      • Critical Path Method (CPM)
    • Controlling a Process
      • Progress Analysis
      • Schedule and Costs Control
      • Earned Value Method (EVM)
    • Communicating​
      • Project Management Plan (PMP)
      • Kick off Meeting (KoM)
      • Reporting
    • Exercises​
      • EVM
      • A complete project
    • A real-life experience

    Agile methodologies and project management

    • Innovation and methodologies​
    • Agile concepts​
    • Agile methodologies overview without scrum​
    • Scrum​
    • Lean​
    • Design thinking​
    • Value-driven delivery​
    • Stakeholders, teams, adaptive planning​
    • Case studies​
    • Exercises​

    Continuous improvement and review

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Suggested readings will be announced during the lessons.

    The slides proposed for all the lessons and topics are made available, and students can use them as a summary to refine their notes.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    MARIO SALANO (President)

    MAURA CERIOLI

    PAOLO FILAURO (President Substitute)

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The exam will consist of one oral examination concerning all the topics of the course.

    During the lessons, the teachers will propose exercises to be autonomously completed by the students and discussed at the exam.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The discussion of solved exercises will show how much the students have learned to complete the project management tasks.

    Questions on general topics will assess the students' theoretical knowledge.