Upon course completion, the student will be able to:
1. Compare a set of projects based on drivers, sources, customers, degree of uncertainty, expected outcome, organizational reach, scope, degree of complexity, and strategic level. Describe how these differences will affect the way projects are managed.
2. Evaluate a project based on its strengths and deficiencies related to key project success factors. Describe why each factor was important.
3. Assess your core project leadership capabilities and identify areas where you need to enhance your skill or achieve greater balance.
4. Apply influence strategies and appreciate why these skills are so essential to project managers.
5. Evaluate options for achieving project goals using financial analysis, assessing potential uncertainties as well as team-based methods such as advantages–disadvantages, factor rating, force-field analysis, Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis, and Pareto Priority Index.
6. Create a formal or informal business case for a project.
7. Define project deliverables and associated performance measures.
8. Estimate working and calendar times for project tasks, applying concepts related to parametrics, learning curves, and Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT), and develop a project budget.
9. Employ project scheduling concepts to engage team commitment and manage stakeholder expectations.