# Introduction

This website provides lecture materials, exercises and videos for Information Systems instructors interested in developing courses for teachingIT Project Management. All exercises come in an editable (often MS Word or Powerpoint) format so instructors can customize exercises as they see fit. The current contents are:

Any questions or comments should be directed to: The creator's email

# Project Scope and Work Breakdown Structure

The video here introduces students to the idea of defining a project and the underlying tasks in the project.

The slides for this lecture are here.

# Network Diagram and Critical Path Analysis

This module employs developing a simple IoT device as a running example to illustrate developing a network diagram and then calculating critical paths and final project duration. I teach two kinds of critical path analysis-the standard unconstrained critical path analysis and critical path analysis given limited skilled human resources, a common problem in IT projects.

The IoT example can be found here

## Introduction the Network Diagram

The video here introduces students to the basic idea of network diagrams.

The slides for this lecture are here.

## Unconstrained Critical Path Analysis

The video here introduces students to unconstrained critical path analysis. This is the standard form of critical analysis taught in most project management classes. It assumes the only limit on schedule is task precedence.

The slides for this lecture are here.

## Resource Constrained Critical Path Analysis

The video here introduces students to critical path analysis when you have a limited number of people. This is a fairly common problem in IT projects where skilled staff are hard to procure. The problem is actually NP complete, which means there is no practical solution. However, heuristic solutions exist. The technique taught is a heuristic solution calculable by a human being.

The slides for this lecture are here.

# Gantt Chart

I rely on other peoples' work to describe Gantt charts. However, I highlight some things about Gantt chart software in the below video.

The slides for this lecture are here.

# Project Financials

These are a series of lectures covering how to cost and justify projects.

## Cost Estimation

This lecture explores how we allocate costs to projects. We cover the idea of not only financial costs, but also deferred and opportunity cost - just because you don't pay money doesn't mean it doesn't cost you. We also discuss the idea of only paying for what you use, not the full value of the asset.

The slides for this lecture are here.

## Finances

We now explore the concept of both cost and benefit. We explore financial benefit by looking at the concepts of payback period, net present value and return on investment. We also discuss non-financial benefits of a project.

• The slides for this lecture are here.
• The exercise for this lecture is here.