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Project Planning and Implementation




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course provides the foundation for successful project planning, organization, and implementation within the realm of information technology. The course uses real-world examples and identifies common mistakes and pitfalls in project management. Topics covered include project scoping, estimating, budgeting, scheduling and staffing, tracking and controlling, and software tools for project management.



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Week 1

  • Define project, project lifecycle, and software development lifecycle.
  • Explain the roles on a project team.
  • Describe the critical differences between managing IT and non-IT projects and how these differences affect project management.
  • Compare the Agile and waterfall project management approaches.

Week 2

  • Explain the benefits and drawbacks of off-the-shelf vs. a custom approach to software development.
  • Isolate the challenges associated with managing the beginning of a project.
  • Relate the role of project definition and scope to documentation in the context of the project lifecycle.
  • Create either a business requirements document and work breakdown schedule (waterfall project), or a product requirements document and user stories/scenarios and acceptance criteria (Agile project).

Week 3

  • Compare the benefits and drawbacks of top-down and bottom-up budgeting.
  • Illustrate the five most common project hazards, and consider approaches for mitigating each.
  • Identify project documents that support the goals of project-related communication.

Week 4

  • Analyze how scope creep can negatively affect project success, and how it can be identified and managed.
  • Construct at least two approaches to testing and bug reporting.
  • Explain how to identify and mitigate problems that commonly appear in the middle or near the end of a project.

Week 5

  • Outline a plan for user acceptance testing.
  • Create a strategy for accepting, differentiating between, and handling bug and feature requests.
  • Categorize each of the components of performance testing in terms of their contribution to overall project success.


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