Introduction to project schedule and resources management

Learned skills

Critical path
Project planning
Project scheduling
Risk management

In this learning solution the aim is to apply basic project scheduing and resource management techniques to manage a simple project. However, the project is a little bit more challenging to manage as it looks. You will face some risk, which will influence projects progress. You need to make decision how to mitigate risks and prioritize between time, cost and quality. Your task is to control the project and align resources to deliver project on time and within budget.

Learning Goals

Upon completion of the learning solution the student will be able to  

  • Explain the basic principles of project planning and scheduling. ​
  • Apply critical path analysis to determine project schedule and manage resources accordingly​
  • Understand the importance of project planning decisions in the execution phase. ​
  • Deal with various sources of uncertainty (i.e. weather risk, employee skills, quality and material related problems) that influence project implementation. ​
  • Control the project and align resources to deliver the project on time and within budget​
  • Understand the role of project complexity, uncertainty and time criticality in project management 

Skills

  • Project scheduling skills​
  • Critical path analysis skills​
  • Project planning skills​
  • Risk management skills

Target Group

Bachelor, master level or MBA students (with basic knowledge in project management)​

Game duration

 45 minutes / 2 hours lecture 

Suggested implementation

Students should be familiar with basic project scheduling methods such as critical path method before the class. There are two simple project to learn  game mechanics, after completing those games student can take a challenge to manage a little bit more complex project individually or in small groups, after the game there is a de-briefing session and/or final report. Can be implemented fully on-line or combined with classroom teaching.

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    Design, construction and operations of an industrial plant

    Learned skills

    Advanced project management
    Cost management
    Earned value management
    Project planning
    Risk management

    The context of the solution is the position of a project manager in a large international company, which is considering to invest on a plant to produce chemical X for the company’s internal use. But before the project can start, an investment proposal needs to be created and a simulation of the design, construction and operations of the plant for 10 years needs to be implemented to convince the management board about the feasibility of the investment. 

    Learning goals

    • Identify the main cost elements in an industrial investment project. ​
    • Understand the importance of product life-cycle costs and operational expenditure (OPEX) when determining the profitability of an investment. ​
    • Understand different phases and tasks in an industrial investment project. ​
    • Identify and manage typical risks in an industrial investment project. ​
    • Understand the business implications of decisions made during the project

    Skills

    • Advanced project management skills​
    • Project cost management skills (estimation, budgeting)​
    • Project controlling skills (particularly Earned value management skills)​
    • Investment calculation/capital budgeting skills​
    • Industrial investment project planning skills​
    • Project risk management skills

    Target group

    Master level or MBA students

    Game duration

    3 hours

    Suggested implementation

    Group work assignment to prepare an investment proposal, presentation of the proposal & feedback, game session, de-briefing session and/or final report. Can be implemented fully on-line or combined with classroom teaching. 

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      Circular Economy

      Learned skills

      HSEQ management
      Project planning
      Risk management
      Stakeholder management
      Sustainability management

      You are working in a company that focuses on the separation and disposal of construction waste. The company is planning to extend its capacity and build a new waste separation production line system, which utilizes latest automation technologies for the waste processing. You have been assigned as the project manager of this project, which includes planning, design and execution tasks. The aim is to execute the project in a sustainable manner – taking into account, economic, ecological and social sustainability in a manner that maximizes the overall profitability of the investment.

      Learning goals

      After playing the game the student is able to

      • Explain the basic principles related to project cost management
      • Make informed decisions that take into account the circular economy perspective
      • Understand the importance of stakeholder engagement and its implications for project performance ​
      • Deal with various sources of uncertainty i.e. weather risk, safety, quality and sustainability related problems) that influence project implementation
      • Control the project and align resources to deliver the project on time and within budget
      • Understand the importance of project planning decisions in the execution and operations phase​

      Skills​

      • Fundamental project management skills​
      • Project sustainability management and circular economy management skills​
      • Project stakeholder management skills​
      • Project uncertainty and risk management skills
      • HSEQ management skills
      • Project planning skills

      Target group

      Bachelor level students

      Game duration

      Approximately 90 minutes

      Suggested implementation

      A group assignment, for which students receive a pre-reading materials that provides them with the basic project information. They need to estimate the investment costs and determine the budget for the project based on the information, as well as conduct an initial risk analysis. After playing the game, the students can engage in a post-game analysis and assess project performance and the impact on the made decisions on it, conduct a detailed risk analysis based on the events they faced in the game, analyse how their decisions affected the circular economy index and provide key learnings. After this, afacilitated discussion on the learnings is then provided by the teachers.

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