Modern Approaches in Project Management

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Institute of Management Studies

The course program builds on the Standards of Project Management.

Syllabus of lectures:


Introduction to Modern Project Management

The course: Why and what

A short summary of the PM's findings to date

Extended environment, project typology, needs and PM roles

Large-scale, complex and innovative projects

Projects on the unknown, uncertainty and chaos

What we mean by modern PM

IT, industry, product management, design and science & research PM specifics

Agile environment and agile PM solutions


Modern Waterfall Project Management

What is waterfall (sequential) project management

Process of the waterfall project management

New trends in standard (waterfall) project management

Project client and product targeting (SMART goals)

Cascade management of a complex project

Flexibility of project management (agile PM)

Modularization and standardization of project management

Digitization of PM and automation of PM processes (PM software)

Externalization and internalization of project management

Certification of the project management


Design Thinking

What is design thinking and why new philosophy in design

Where to use it

Basic design thinking principles

Point of view

Design thinking process:

1. Empathize (with the client)

2. Define (problem, vision and goals)

3. Ideate (the solution)

4. Prototype

5. Test

Usage of Design Thinking in PM


Agile Project Management

What is agile in management and why agile

What is and for what is agile project management

Agile values and principles

Agile development cycle:

1. Project backlog

2. Sprint backlog

3. Sprint

4. Final product


Scrum Project Management

What is scrum and for what is scrum

Scrum overview

Project roles:

. Users

. Customers

. Interested and committed

. Product owner

. Team

. Scrum master

. Developers

. Testers

Sprint processing:

. Sprint planning

. Starting a sprint

. Providing the sprint

. Finishing the sprint


Kanban in Project Management

What is Kanban

Toyota production system (and Kanban)

Kanban terms and principles

Kanban visualization

Kanban process:

1. Project planning (backlog, assigned, in development, user testing, code review, done)

2. Project execution (roles, prioritization, sizing and estimation, commitment, blockers and escalations, meetings and feedback loops,

3. Project tracking and forecasting (value, cumulative flow diagram, cycle time scatterplot + trend, cycle time heat map, cycle time histogram, flow efficiency, Monte Carlo forecasting)

4. Managing risks (eliminate waste, stability & predictability, continuous improvement)


Lean Development & Project Management

What is Lean Management

Toyota Production System

Principles of Lean Management

Lean Project Management process:

1. Identify Value from Your Customers' Perspective

2. Value Stream Mapping

3. Create Continuous Workflow

4. Create a Pull System

5. Continuous Improvement

Lean Management tools


Hybrid Project Management

What is Hybrid project management?

Specifics of waterfall project management with agile PM elements (with examples)

Specifics of agile project management with waterfall PM elements (with examples)

Choosing the appropriate project management methodology

Planning hybrid projects



Other PM methods and techniques






. Prince 2

. Agile Unified Process,

. Behavior Driven Development (BDD)

. Crystal Clear

. Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM)

. Extreme Programming (XP)

. Feature Driven Development (FDD)

. (Kanban)

. (Lean Development)

. Rapid Application Development (RAD)

. IBM - Rational Unified Process (RUP)

. (Scrum)

. Test Driven Development (TDD)

. (Hybrid)

Comparison for selection


Agile Project Management: Sectors

Specifics of IT projects

Specifics of industrial projects

Specifics of product design & management projects

Specifics of science & research projects

Specifics of consultancy projects

Other sectors


Agile Project Management: Software

Different software on the market:

. Project Insight

. Smartsheet

. EasyProjects

. Keyedln Projects

. Monday etc.

Tasks, functions and comparison

Selection of appropriate software for you practice


Agile Project Management: View into real practice

Lecture made by company operating in the field of agile consultancy (Dolphin Consulting; through MS Teams)


Time, cost and legal aspects of Agile Project Management

Assignment and managing agile projects in an environment of uncertainty

Time management of agile projects

Cost management of agile projects

Legal aspects:

Fixed Time Fixed Price contract (FTFP)

Time and Material contract (T&M)


Final summary of the course

Syllabus of tutorials:


Lesson 1 questions for discussion

You and your needs and expectations

Course program and requirements

How to complete the course

Case studies and your home works

Case study No. 1:

Developing new product of the company (car industry)

Discussion on the case study

Assignment of homework No. 1:

1.Creating teams of 2 - 3 students, working in groups

2.Your preferable assignment of an innovative project (IT, industry, product management, design and science & research, other) – samples of the projects


Lesson 2 questions for discussion

Case study No 2:

Creating and implementing new software in the company

Project assignment to project manager

SMART goals of the project

Thematic and functional structuring of the project

Discussion on the case study

Assignment of homework No. 2:

3.Assigning SMART goals of your innovative project

4.Externalization and internalization of project management (?)

5.Initial assignment of the project to PM


Lesson 3 questions for discussion

Case study No 3:

New development in the city (project of developer)

Land use study of new development

New university distance learning course

Discussion on the case study

Assignment of homework No. 3:

5.Design the product of your innovative project using Design Thinking methodology

6.Organize Design Thinking process


Lesson 4 questions for discussion

Case study No 4:

Science and research project (project of consultancy company)

Discussion on the case study

Assignment of homework No. 4:

7.Describe the current tasks of further work on your innovative project in the form of a list of project backlogs

8.Choose from its two or three sprint backlogs for sprint

9.Describe the process of the sprint on the selected task


Lesson 5 questions for discussion

Case study No 5:

Scrum methodology in product design

Discussion on the case study

Assignment of homework No. 5:

10.Identify roles in your innovative project

11.Describe the expected progress the sprint of your project (planning, starting, providing, finishing)


Lesson 6 questions for discussion

Case study No 6:

Kanban in the industrial operation management practice

Discussion on the case study

Assignment of homework No. 6:

12.Plan your project execution using Kanban Board

13.Identify roles, prioritize and size the work

14.Plan and describe meetings in Kanban

15.Create cumulative flow diagram of your work

16.Identify waste in your work


Lesson 7 questions for discussion

Case study No 7:

Lean development and project management in industrial practice (complex engineering contract)

Discussion on the case study

Assignment of homework No. 7:

17.Customer´s perspective of your project

18.Value stream of your project

19.Basic presentation of workflow

20.Principles of continuous improvement management


Lesson 8 questions for discussion

Case study No 8:

Long term consultancy project

Discussion on the case study

Assignment of homework No. 8:

21.Waterfall elements in you project or

22.Your project as waterfall with agile elements?


Lesson 9 questions for discussion

Case study No 9:

Project management company and its PM tools

Discussion on the case study

Assignment of homework No. 9:

7.Choose the right methods and techniques for your company

8.Justify the selection


Lesson 10 questions for discussion

Case study No 10:

Designing science and research project on university

Discussion on the case study

Assignment of homework No. 10:

7.Explain the specifics of project management in the scope of your project

8.Compare these specifics with one other different sector of PM application


Presentation of EasyProjects and its software (through MS Teams)

Assignment of homework No. 11:

27.Digitize planning of your project using the free version of EasyProjects

28.Show usage of Kanban module


Lesson 12 questions for discussion

Case study No 12:

Presentation of Dolphin Consulting

Discussion on the case study

Assignment of homework No. 12:

29.Indicate what you would change in your project based on presentation insights and why (you don't need to change the project)


Lesson 13 questions for discussion

Case study No 13:

Entering a complex project from the practice of a consulting company

Discussion on the case study

Assignment of homework No. 13:

7.Based on the experience of your homework, process the assignment of your project to an external contractor

Final course discussion

Study Objective:

The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the basic principles of modern project management in the context of contemporary needs and trends of the 21st century. It deepens knowledge in various areas of project management while maintaining its integrity. In this respect, the course provides the comprehensive basis for the follow-up study of specific agile managerial disciplines with a specific focus on IT, industry, product management, design, science & research sectors.

The purpose is, among other, to acquaint the students with:

. subject and overall structure of the theory and practice of modern (agile) project management,

. basic terms and concepts of agile project management,

. content, techniques and tools of key subdisciplines,

. wide range of specific software tools,

. current trends in modern project management and its prospects for the future.

The expected outcome of the course is that students will:

. understand overall thematic structure and issues of modern (agile) project management,

. explain the content and scope of the basic tools and techniques of agile project management, and apply it in the practical exercises,

. explain the essence of project management trends, and their influence on future theory and especially the practice of project management, and apply it in the practical exercises.

Study materials:

John C. Goodpasture: Project Management: the Agile Way: Making it Work in the Enterprise, second edition, J. Ross Publishing, Plantation, USA, 2016

Christian Mueller-Roterberg: Handbook of Design Thinking: Tips & Tools for how to design thinking, Kindle Edition, 2018

Mario E. Moreira: The Agile Enterprise: Building and running agile organizations, Apress, Winchester, MA, USA, 2017

Eli Woolery: Design Thinking Handbook, InVision

Emerson Taymor: Agile Handbook, Philosophie, www.philosophie.is

Agile Project Management, CCPace Systems, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, 2011, www.ccpace.com

Jeff Sutherland: Scrum handbook, SCRUM Training Institute Press, Somerville, MA, USA,

Marta Palacio: Scrum Master, Scrum Manager

Dimitar Karaivanov: Project Manager´s Guide to Kanban, Kanbanize (Kanban_Project_Management_eBook.pdf (kanbanize.com))

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