This course is designed to introduce students of various skill and knowledge levels to the dynamic and demanding world of project management. The course covers both theory and in-practice of the new hybrid model of managing projects, which is a cross between the traditional (predictive) model and the Agile (adaptive) model of managing projects.
The course content has been updated to align with the latest A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Seventh Edition and other appropriate PMI® global standards.
This online class is interactive and helps students learn through weekly pre-recorded lectures, open discussions with the instructor and fellow students, quizzes and through team assignments.
Each group will pick a hypothetical project to work on throughout the semester and will apply what is being learned in class to real-world project documents (artifacts).
Some of the course learning objects are as follows:
- Introduction to project domains (People. Processes and Business Environment)
- Introduction to both Waterfall (traditional) and Agile methods for determining requirements, estimating, and enabling self-managing teams to build products
- Learn how to plan, manage and control today’s high-demand, ever-changing project environments by using the tools and resources available for project success
- Learn the language (terms, definitions and globally recognized standards) of project management
- Learn how to embrace and manage change to realize best results on a project
Note: Students will work individually and in project teams to develop actual project documents on a hypothetical project to assist them in the application of the topics covered in class.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Textbooks and Materials
Required texts are purchased by the student:
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK® Guide (7th Edition)
PMP Certification: A Beginner's Guide (Latest Edition)
A third text is highly recommended, but not required: Head First PMP, Latest Edition, by Jennifer Greene and Andrew Stillman. This text is purchased by the student.
George Angel is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) since July 1998 and an IBM Certified Professional Executive Project Manager. He has over 27 years as a successful project manager and over 39 years with IBM serving in several key areas such as, IT program manager, help desk manager, finance manager, and project executive.
George has a bachelor's degree in Business Management from the University of Albuquerque. He served as President on the Board of Directors for Boulder County Special Transit and he teaches project management classes at Colorado State University, internationally for IBM, and is a professional speaker for PMIP® (Project Management Institute).