In traditional project management, we tend to make assumptions: the customer knows precisely what they want, or the team’s workflow and tasks will go according to plan and in sequence.
Practically speaking, this is rarely the case. Sometimes the customer doesn’t know what they need until they see an early iteration of your team’s work and can provide feedback. Because of this, work is usually done incrementally. We must build flexibility, even agility, into the model in order to succeed.
This course is designed for project managers who want to get better practical results with adaptive approaches to projects. Students in this course will be most successful if they have a foundational understanding of traditional project management tools and processes including project networks, budgets and schedules.
You are required to have completed the following courses or have equivalent experience before taking this course:
- Organizing the Project and Its Components
- Planning and Managing Resources
- Assessing, Managing, and Mitigating Project Risk
- Using Earned Value Management for Project Managers
Faculty AuthorLinda K. Nozick, Professor and Director of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, Cornell University
Benefits to the Learner
- Apply lean principles in the project management arena
- Recognize how lean principles complement and “rightsize” project management concepts
- Relate lean to agile concepts
- See why scrum and extreme are implementations of lean
- Determine how the characteristics of a project dictate the right structure for project planning, management, and control