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Jennifer L. Metzler, Director


Creighton Business Institute
Heider College of Business
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178

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Managing Projects - The Fundamentals with Agile & Software Tools Applied

This course builds on the Fundamentals of the Project Management Body of Knowledge by providing exposure to additional methodologies.  The participant is provides case studies and can apply and test the methodologies and knowledge in a controlled experiential learning.  Other methods and approaches include Agile, Scrum and Lean/Kanban.  The impact on current organizational roles, teams, Agile/Lean portfolio management and adoption, success and transformation planning are explored. The first half of the course provides an introduction to process and people transformation with an Agile Overview.  Each participant will create an Agile Roadmap for change. 

The application of the Project Management Body of Knowledge using electronic tools can help enforce a process and methodology is the focus for the second half of the course. It can provide a project manager an improved means to standardize and communicate during the project processes.,, Using any electronic tool for planning, communication and monitoring projects assumes knowledge of PMBoK and project management., Developing the WBS, scheduling, resource allocation, monitoring and communicating using Microsoft Project will enable participants to learn the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats presented by using any software tool as part of project management.  This portion of the class provides access to a computer learning lab and Microsoft Project. 


Please click on the outline tab for more details.  All course materials are included in the price for this course.                 



Executives, Managers, Professionals, Supervisors


Participants will learn techniques for defining, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing projects to produce defined and measurable results., This is the second course for the Fundamentals and should be taken after MBA/ITM 501, the experiential learning lab. This builds on the learning from the lab by 1) exploring other project management techniques, 2) applying project management processes and knowledge using project software and 3) applying lessons learned to improve project performance.


Participants gain a practical experience applying and integrating knowledge areas and process in project management. Assessing situations for alternative project management approaches will be applied and tested allowing participants to reflect and determine the best approaches for application.


Instructor-led course and on-line hybrid course

Cross listed as
MBA 502
ITM 502

Your application to the Creighton Graduate School, Heider College of Business is embedded in the course the registration process. You can leverage your education and earn a Badge or Certificate in Project Management and these credits apply towards Creighton's MBA or MS- BIA Graduate degrees.  If you do not have a bachelors degree, this course is cross-listed as a graduate/undergraduate course. 

The course is worth 1.5 credit hours.


  1. Creating & devising project plans, budgets and Gantt charts and reconstructing them to solve problems and the unknown becomes known during project execution. 
  2. Formulate and implement project plans retaining and delivering the stakeholder value
  3. Critically evaluate current conditions and hypothesize future scenarios to devise plans to protect and assure stakeholder value
  4. Explain, relate, describe and predict aspects of the project to the team (internal stakeholders) and the customers, suppliers, government, neighbors, etc. (external stakeholders)
  5. Assess the results of team work by comparing the plan to actual results
  6. Select processes for team engagement and involvement appropriate for the communication venue
  7. Plan and communicate a team stakeholder & engagement using the responsibility assessment matrix
  8. Develop budgets and track actual from the foundation of a WSB
  9. Select the appropriate people and create team processes and environment that assures rational resource/skill assignments and people development and team dynamics.
  10. Integrate and rationalize trade-offs between opportunities competing for scarce resources in planning and execution
  1. Agile, Lean & Scrum
    • Teams: Servant Leader & Empowerment Creating Cross-Functional Service/Feature Teams
    • Transformation of Delivery Process and Lifecycle
    • Agile/Lean Portfolio Management
    • How Agile Adoption Can Fail
    • Best Practices for Success & Developing Transformation Plan
    • What are the differences between the methods and the strengths and weaknesses of each?
    • What are the key decision criteria in selecting an approach?
    • What is the impact of organizational culture, leadership approaches and the collective behavior of the team on a project?
    • Creating a personal road map for Agile

  2. Application of the Project Management Body of Knowledge to electronic tools that enforce a process and methodology.
    • Using any electronic tool for planning, communication and monitoring projects assumes knowledge of PMBoK and project management. 
    • Developing the WBS, scheduling, resource allocation, monitoring and communicating using Microsoft Project.
    • Exploring processes on how it can be deployed and flexibility for various organizations, projects and approaches.
    • Practical experience in the the strengths and weaknesses of using Project for the iterative nature of project planning for time and resources.
    • Exposure and experience in using reports and information sharing for stakeholder communication
    • Using the project baseline and key metrics to assess the strengths and weaknesses of using Project for tracking and sharing results
    • Apply the tool to the overall project process and measure and test improved outcomes
      • Introduction to Project Management
        • Basic Project Management Methodology and professional standards
        • When to formalize Project Management
        • Projects are about people
      • Initiate
        • Create the primary Initiate document – the Project Charter
        • Business drivers for project selection
      • Plan
         • Overview of Planning
        • Communication and Risk Planning
        • Deliverables in the Planning Process
        • Work Breakdown Structure as a key planning tool
        • Estimating time and sequence
        • Ways to optimize the Schedule
        • Final Planning Steps – Resources and Cost
        • How all the planning pieces fit together
      •  Monitor & Control
        • Manage the Work Plan and Costs
        • Manage Scope
        • Manage Issues and People

      • Execute
        • Execute our project
        • Using the plan & measuring performance
        • Monitoring and controlling during execution
        • Taking corrective actions & the interplay of risk

      • Closing
        • SWOT
        • Next Steps


Scheduled Classes

Date/Time Facilitator Location Fee
  • Wed, 03/14/2018 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thu, 03/15/2018 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm