MBAD652-19M4 (C) MBA Four 2019

Project Management

10 points
09 Sep 2019 - 03 Nov 2019


Organisational project management (i.e. Portfolio, program and project management) has significant relevance for the entire MBA curriculum, as the successful management of portfolios, programs and projects, either within a functional area or on a broader scale, is an important competency for managers and essential for organisational strategic success. The course will be based on the international project management frameworks and standards including ISO, Portfolio, Project and Project Management frameworks including information contained in the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (The PMBOK® Guide) many of which overlap with over subjects within the MBA programme. The course is useful for all students who will be completing projects, managing project managers or in senior management positions making decisions about the strategic alignment of projects

▪ The course aims to teach students principles of professional project management and its role in the delivery of business strategy.
▪ The course material will be grounded in global best practice frameworks such as PMI (Project Management Institute), OPM (Organisational Project Management), Prince 2 and Agile methods.
▪ The course will be ‘hands on’, taking students through the project management lifecycle and focussing on knowledge areas applicable to each of these groups such as; Scope, Time, Cost, Integration, Quality, Human Resources, Communications, Risk, Procurement and Stakeholder engagement.
▪ Guest speakers will be invited to provide ‘real life’ context to specific topics where applicable.
▪ Students will be asked to complete weekly reflections about the course, learnings and insights.

Learning Outcomes

1. To provide participants with the knowledge and skills to manage portfolios, programs and projects, or project managers, over a wide spectrum of applications and industries.

2. At the end of the course students will be able to apply skills based on international best practice at an appropriate level to any project.

3. Students will gain a clear understanding of how to use the profession of project management as a key enabler in the delivery of business strategy.


Subject to approval of the MBA Director

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 17:00 - 20:00 Rehua 702 9 Sep - 3 Nov

Course Coordinator

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Assignment 1: 20% - Desk research assignment done in groups of two

Critically analyse why many, mostly large and public, projects are under-estimated and then “blow out”. Look at the possible influences of political issues and forms of bias (use critical thinking). Draw insightful general conclusions from your work.

Format: use the Toyota A3 method (tailor as you wish) to consolidate your response.
Support your arguments with no more than one page per topic area.

Hint: this task involves desk research and preferably also some interviews with practitioners (optional but will most likely add value)

Assignment 2: 40% - Group assignment

Within your study group, select one company and prepare a Project Management Capability Assessment using P3M3 guidelines for the organisation including:
1. Evaluation
2. Presentation, and
3. Conclusion / Insights

Each group will present their assignment to the class in a Pecha Kucha style presentation of 22 slides: 2 slides company background + 20 slides of your assessment. In true Pecha Kucha style, 20 seconds per slide allowed.

Each group to prepare and send an email to the lecturer summarizing the presentation as you would to your board / steering committee. The email should include an executive summary / summary of findings as well as your Pecha Kucha slides in in pdf format. Email is due at 5pm on the day of the presentation. The email will be forwarded to the rest of the class.

Grading: (50% in-class presentation + 50% business email) * rate your mates score.

Assignment 3: 40% - Individual assignment.

Business Case / Project Charter for a project: As a manager of a project team, prepare the purpose and justification to get approval for a project (real / fictions) from the major stakeholders / board. Include major problems this project will address and desired outcomes / value back to business focusing on the strategic objectives of the organisation. Include major risks and associated responses as well as timelines and resource estimates.

Format: 4-5 page business report


NOTE: UC General Course and Examination Regulations

Appeals and Grievances

Special Consideration

Special Consideration Application


Not required

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,567.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Executive Development Programme on the department and colleges page.

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