IT Project and Portfolio Management
AbstractThis course will enable the student to analyse, reflect on, and manage IT projects and IT project portfolios in an organisational context.
The organisation and management of IT projects is of growing importance for many organisations, whether in the private or public sector. Development and implementation for IT projects go hand in hand, and competent project management will be an important factor for the many types of tasks and areas in the companies. Moreover, competent portfolio management is required to ensure that organisations choose the right projects to undertake.
This course covers both methods from practice and insights from research, although the emphasis will lie on research. The participants will learn to use methods for classic and agile IT project and portfolio management. Furthermore, the participants discuss the strengths and shortcomings of various methods by learning about research on IT project and portfolio management. Moreover, the participants will learn how to apply concepts from IT project and portfolio management research in order to understand the challenges in real cases of IT project and portfolio management.
Formal prerequisitesThe general admission requirements for single subjects at professional master programmes at ITU. More info.
Intended learning outcomes
After the course, the student should be able to:
- Identify the different theoretical perspectives on IT Projects and portfolio management and their implications for how we understand IT Projects and how each perspective is linked to various types of management tools
- Apply and account for what different theoretical perspectives means for problem identification and analysis, and solutions in relation to a chosen case
- Compare and contrast the different theoretical perspectives on several dimensions
- Relate theoretical perspectives to practice and explain the types of considerations that may arise from a project/portfolio manager or project responsible person
- Critically analyse the identified and/or used perspectives to address the need for other/new approaches to project/portfolio management
The course is an introduction to different perspectives on project and portfolio management and consists of a combination of lectures, class discussions, project work and peer-to-peer feedback. Thus, a high level of active participation and reflection is expected from the students.
The lectures will focus theoretically on reading and discussing various perspectives. Further, during group work you will identify project and portfolio management tools and discuss them in relation to the different perspectives.
Cadle, J., & Yeates, D. (5th Edition). (2008).
Project management for information systems. Pearson education.
Cobb, C. G. (2015). The project manager's guide to mastering Agile: Principles and practices for an adaptive approach. John Wiley & Sons.
Student Activity BudgetEstimated distribution of learning activities for the typical student
- Preparation for lectures and exercises: 20%
- Lectures: 10%
- Exercises: 10%
- Assignments: 5%
- Project work, supervision included: 35%
- Exam with preparation: 20%
Ordinary examExam type:
C: Submission of written work, Internal (7-point scale)
C1G: Submission of written work for groups
Written individual assignment (max 3000 words, everything included), possibility of group work.
If you submit as a group you must indicate the individual contributions in the assignment. This is to ensure an individual assessment of each student's contribution.
Group and individual