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Examine the breadth of the IT project management discipline by focusing on Waterfall, Agile and Hybrid methodologies

  • Customized training program designed to meet your organization’s needs
  • Valuable for any organization looking to reskill or provide professional development for its employees
  • Delivered on-site at your location, at the University of Delaware or live-online
  • Geared toward professionals from a variety of project management and IT backgrounds and experience levels
  • Determine the best project management methods for each project
  • Practical, hands-on lessons

Information technology is at the heart of every organization, and project management is a fast growing, crosscutting professional discipline spanning finance, insurance, business services, information services, manufacturing, oil and gas, construction, and utilities. Leading successful value-adding IT projects in an organization requires knowledge of its business strategy, leadership ability and technical project management skills.

Covering Waterfall, Agile and Hybrid methodologies, this program examines the breadth of the IT project management discipline. A foundation for directly applying the tools, processes and methods to support the management and delivery of successful IT projects, including value creation through strategic execution of an IT project portfolio, is provided. Focus is placed on how an Information Technology Project Methodology (ITPM) is applied to create Measurable Organizational Value (MOV).

The customized training is presented in an applied approach and experiential learning format by combining industry experience, simulations, discussion posts and casework. How IT project management can be best practiced, managing the human side of projects, determining and documenting project size, project scope, earned value, scheduling, and managing project risk are addressed.

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Who should participate in this program?

  • Newly appointed or aspiring IT project managers
  • Experienced project leaders who want to take their management skills to the next level or shift to a hybrid approach
  • IT managers who want to apply the discipline of project management to make their organizations more effective and more competitive
  • Project managers seeking entry into the Project Management Institute’s PMP® (Project Management Professional) certification process

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Barbara Cullis is a faculty program director of technology projects and an instructor of management information systems (MIS) for the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems in the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. Along with leading the MIS senior capstone program and the Global Enterprise Technology (GET) Immersion Internship experience, Cullis teaches undergraduate, graduate and professional development courses and workshops in IT project management and enterprise architecture. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member in 2016, she was the director of information technology for Lerner.

A reviewer of two IT project management textbooks, her IT career has spanned 25 years in both the public and private sectors. In industry, she served as vice president of central engineering within the IT Managed Services Division of SunGard Availability and IT director of CCOR, a global telecommunications manufacturer in the cable network space. Providing strategic leadership on global enterprise resource planning, supply chain, data center builds and recovery projects, Cullis demonstrated a track record of successful implementations. In addition to having presented project successes at major conferences, such as Oracle Apps World and EDUCAUSE, she has led university-wide projects at Penn State University and successfully implemented new cutting-edge technology projects for Lerner.

In partnership with JPMorgan Chase, Cullis brought IBM’s Master the Mainframe (MtM) contest to UD in 2019. The global competition is designed to teach students mainframe skills. At the conclusion of UD’s first semester of participating in MtM, three of its students finished in the top tier and earned mainframe internships at JPMorgan Chase.

Cullis received her B.S. in business administration from Marymount Manhattan College and graduated from the inaugural class of the executive MBA program at Penn State. A self-proclaimed IT project management geek, she became a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) in 1996, a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) in 2000, a certified Scrum Master in 2007 and a certified PMI® Authorized Training Partner in 2020. Cullis also serves on the PMI-Delaware Valley Chapter Academic Outreach Council raising awareness among college students about the benefits of both project management skills and project management as a career path.

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Sample course outline: Program can be customized to meet your organization’s needs

As they are learning how strategic execution can maximize value for an organization through IT Project Portfolio Management best practices, students will have hands-on experience with production PPM software, Acuity PPM. In this simulation, students will take on the roles of an executive team for a midmarket drone manufacturer and be challenged to build a value-adding IT project portfolio aligned with company goals while facing multiple constraints.

A Team-Based Learning (TBL) approach is used to engage students and facilitate collaboration. Students will team up and act as consultants as they work through a simulation that challenges them to define and plan an IT project for a client. Course assessments, such as quizzes, exercises and presentations, also follow TBL methods.

  • IT Project Management Methodologies
    • What is an IT Project?
    • The Project Life Cycle
    • The Systems Development Life Cycle
    • Waterfall, Agile and Hybrid Processes
  • Creating Measurable Organizational Value
    • The Business Case
    • IT Project Selection Process
  • Project Planning
    • Governance
    • The Team
    • The Project Environment
    • Waterfall, Agile and Hybrid Planning
    • The Project Charter
    • Scope
    • Creating a Work Breakdown Structure: a team approach
    • Project Estimating
      • Planning Poker: a hands-on approach to estimating
      • Predictive estimating methods
  • Project Communication
    • Earned Value Analysis (applied to an IT project case)
  • Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Simulation
    • Strategic Execution through Successful IT Projects
    • IT Project Portfolio Governance
    • IT Project Portfolio Risk Management
  • Project Leadership
    • Ethics
    • International Projects
    • Managing Organizational Change
  • Project Implementation and Completion
  • System Implementation Methods
    • Project Closeout
    • Project Evaluation
  • Capstone: Team Project Presentations

The text and course materials are aligned with the Project Management Institute’s Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), which globally defines project management best practices and has been widely adopted in both the public and private sectors. The PMBOK is certified by both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This course meets the educational requirements for practicing professionals to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) exam.

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Learner outcomes

  • Understand the role and functions of the IT project manager in a hybrid environment
  • Plan and manage IT projects using an array of Hybrid tools from Waterfall and Agile methods
  • Understand the relationship between IT project management and Project Portfolio Management
  • Understand the constraints of building a value-adding IT project portfolio
  • Apply these tools immediately by completing a project plan and budget as part of the course of study
  • Acquire practical, use-it-next-day skills to manage any project, large or small
  • Gain hands-on experience using powerful, versatile tools such as Acuity PPM software
  • Earn the required Project Management education hours toward a Project Management Institute (PMI®) certification
  • Earn PDUs (Professional Development Units) for recertification purpose through the Project Management Institute

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Technology requirements

  • A laptop or desktop computer (PC or Mac) and a webcam are required to participate in this class.

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Students must be familiar with the components of an IT environment and application architecture to be successful. Programming skills are not required.

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