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TDDD29 IT-Project Management

Examination

The examination of this course is divided into three parts: Seminars 2 ECTS, Project 2 ECTS, and Poster 2 ECTS (source, LiTH Study Guide).

The course is based on lectures, seminars, and a student project where one develops a professional project plan. The students are requested to present the results of their studies in a poster session at the end of the course.

Seminars: Individual reflective report

During each seminar students are requested to analyze and discuss the litterature. At seminar one to four, each student hands in - in paper form - a short report (essay) to the course assistant written in english. Hence, the student will hand in four reports, total in the course. The report should adress the following:

  • The main pros and cons of one or two of the approaches presented in the book,
  • Your own reflections on the topic (criticize and be constructive).

Individual reflective reports two, three and four will be examined as part of the project work. Hence, it is important that your reflection relates to your specific project.

Important note: Two A4 pages is the absolute maximum text space allowed for each reflective report. Minimum is one A4 page. Use Times or similar 11-point font. State your name, student-id, and e-mail address etc clearly in the top header.

Project: Project plan

A group of 6-7 students (same groups as seminar groups) will develop a project plan for a hypothetical project. The project plan shall be handed to the examiner - via mail in PDF format or in paper form - May 21 at the latest. The final report should follow the IEEE Project Management Plan template, but students are allowed to modify the template according to the specific needs of the project. The template has been developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Standard for Software Project Management Plans, IEEE Std 1058-1998.

Poster

All groups have to develop and design a poster that summarize the project work (i.e., the project plan), and presents it during the poster presentation seminar, May 21. The poster shall include the central topics of the project plan.

 

Grading

Seminar grading

The grading for the seminars is U (not approved) and G (approved). To get approved on the seminar you need to hand in your Individual reflective report on each seminar and attend all seminars. It is OK to miss out on one of these five seminars. However, you will then get an additional assigment by your seminar leader. If you miss two of the four seminars you will not be approved on this part of the course and, hence, will not be able to get a final grade. There is no way to get two missed seminars approved, no extra assignments will be given.

 

Project grading

The project plan is evaluted and graded by the course examiner in relation to the course aims and course book. Possible grades are U (not approved), 3, 4 and 5. The project plan will get Grade 3 if it has the main components needed to approach the problem you work with in your specific project. The plan shall present the main goals of the project clearly and its success criteria. It shall include a WBS and a Gantt chart. Moreover, it shall clearly specify deliverables, provide a basic budget, discuss management constructions and roles/responsibilities, and have a basic risk and contingency plan. Grade 4 is given to a project plan - that includes all the above - but generally provide more detail. Moreover, it shall provide a clear, detailed and realistic budget (based on WBS), and include a good, realistic, risk analysis with a basic contingency plan. Grade 5 is given to a project plan that has a more comprehensive risk analysis and contigency plan included. This contingency plan should more interms of WBS and some basic cost calculations.

Individual reports for seminars two to four will also be examined as part of the project work. The critera for this grading is based solely on the course goals. Hence, it is important in your individual reports that you demonstate and discuss:

- issues related to the implementation of IS/IT that IT-project leaders confront,
- issues related to leading projects (general problems of being leader of IT projects),
- organizational prerequisites that stimulate possibilities as well as hinders cooperation between the project and the organization’ IT- infrastructure,
- the role of the IT-project leader.

 

Poster grading

Your poster and presentation will get Grade 3 if the presentation and poster clearly presents the main goals of the project, success criteria, targets, project methodologies, deliverables and management contructions. Grade 4 will be given a poster and presentation that include the above and add detailed represtations of the project phases (WBS) including calculations of the amount of work needed in the diffrent work packages. Morover, the poster shall provide basic budget calculations (based on WBS), include a basic risk analysis section and reflect on the pros and cons of the choosen methods and approaches. Grade 5 is given to a poster and presentation that include the above and add deeper reflection on the choosen approaches in terms of references to theory and litterature on project management in general.

 

Final course grades

The final grades are calculated according to the following:

Seminar Grade

Individual report handed in + attendance

Project Plan Grade

Poster Grade

Final Course Grade

G (approved)

3

3

3

G (approved)

3

4

3

G (approved)

3

5

4

G (approved)

4

3

3

G (approved)

4

4

4

G (approved)

4

5

4

G (approved)

5

3

4

G (approved)

5

4

4

G (approved)

5

5

5

 

 


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