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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    Building of a town house

    Learned skills

    Earned value management
    Project scheduling
    Risk management

    You are building a town house for yourself and have applied for mortgage for this. It is very important to be able to estimate the situation and progress of the project throughout the project, and manage the risks related to the construction. 

    Learning goals

    • Utilize activity network calculation in the management of the project schedule
    • Estimation of the project progress and application of earned value analysis in the estimation of total cost and time at completion
    • Identify and assess risks and their effects as well as plan risk management responses ​
    • Understand the implications of uncertainty and risks on project schedule and procurement management 
    • Calculate the project budget and understand the importance of contingency planning and management

    Skills​

    • Fundamental project management skills​
    • Project schedule management skills​
    • Earned value management skills​
    • Project risk management skills

    Target group

    Bachelor level students

    Game duration

    60 min

    Suggested implementation

    An individual assignment, in which the students calculate the budget and schedule for the project before playing the game based on the provided information. These estimates are provided at the start of the game and the students are asked to provide also estimates during the game. These calculations can be used as part of the game performance assessment. Game performance is determined by the project duration, total costs and quality level of the town house. The game can be integrated with Moodle and the performance grade is automatically returned to Moodle.  It is suggested that students play the game e.g. twice and the better results is taken into account in assessment. No separate de-briefing session. 

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