Do you receive reports on your project, but are uncertain how to use them? Do you feel you don't receive the information you need to manage your project? This three-day course teaches managers and practitioners how to use measurement as the foundation for making informed decisions about projects. Participants learn to use measurement to analyze project performance, manage schedules and resources, and communicate project status and changes. Instructors emphasize the role of metrics in planning technical work, integrating related business goals, and addressing stakeholder issues in an overall project plan. The first half of this course focuses on the use of measures to monitor performance, support decisions, and manage supplier agreements. The second half of this course covers problem diagnosis and response. In addition to data-driven planning and tracking, participants learn how to establish quantitative objectives for performance and quality and align them with their business objectives.
The course is composed of lectures and class exercises with ample opportunity for questions and discussions. The course also makes extensive use of the concepts in The Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), published by the Project Management Institute.
Successful completion of this course will enable participants to
Before registering for this course, participants must have experience or training in managing the development, maintenance, or acquisition of software-intensive systems.
We suggest that participants have a basic understanding of project management (such as the knowledge gained in an introductory project management course or one to two years of experience).
Students will receive a course notebook that contains copies of the presentation materials, class exercises, templates, references, URLs, and other useful materials discussed in class.
This three-day course meets at the following times:
Days 1-2, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Day 3, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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