Advanced Methods for Complex Projects
Advanced Methods for Complex Projects explores the planning and execution challenges that often cause complex projects to fail. This course provides a historical perspective regarding project management practices and reviews evidence regarding trends in project outcomes. Addressing why commonly accepted project management standards and practices are sometimes insufficient to assure project success, the course then explores remedies drawn from recent research and cases in complex systems development and global-teaming case studies. Students will learn and leverage visual modeling and simulation tools for the design of complex projects, applying methods to handle complex, concurrent, and mutual dependencies across organizations and cultures. Through engagement with case studies, students will encounter project design methods, including student access to TeamPort project modeling and simulation software. The course culminates with teams in a role-play exercise to demonstrate collaborative planning and decision-making using these advanced methods. This exercise will require dedicated, synchronous interaction with other team members. Recommended prerequisite: ICT 4100.