Looking to Cultivate an “In-Demand” Job Skill? Consider Project Management

James MeadowsBy Jim Meadows, Online Faculty Coordinator for the Walker School of Business and Adjunct Faculty Member.

Project Management, once thought of as a requirement only for engineers and information technology, has grown into a greater means by which we recognize that projects have a home in all areas of our lives.  Whether it be with the family, at work, at church, and/or at play, we all use project management tools to make personal and professional decisions every day. Chances are you have witnessed or worked on a project at some point in your life. You may have even had the chance to lead a project. Because of that experience, you’ve probably learned that most projects, especially very large ones, do not end successfully.

Webster University has introduced several new project management online courses that range from the introduction of practical project management tools addressing project constraints with organizing, planning, scheduling, and controlling projects through specific software; to a more advanced project management course that helps students understand the procurement process of projects and manage contracts effectively so that the project can be completed successfully.

One of the new courses, BUSN 5100 Introduction to Project Management, can provide you with the opportunity to understand skills and techniques based on Project Management Institute “best practices”. This methodology can help ensure that YOUR projects achieve success. In BUSN 5100 you will learn that the constraints of project management (time, cost, and performance) are found in all projects and must be used when addressing the decisions made for each projects success. This is why I have a Priority Matrix (PM) for senior stakeholders (boss, spouse, minister, etc…). The matrix doesn’t allow, or provide excuses for failure; it only allows a senior stakeholder to understand the implications of his/her decision. When quality (PERFORMANCE) is your priority, it doesn’t mean you can be late (TIME), or spend all the money you want (COST), it means the stakeholder must understand that if the project team needs one of these constraints to slip (for the success of the others), the PM has a priority to assist in the decision making process.

For those with project management in their blood, Webster University also provides more advanced project management courses that study the advanced theory and tools for implementing projects in organizations and will provide a comprehensive overview of the skills needed and challenges to be faced in managing them. These include:

BUSN 5100 Introduction to Project Management
BUSN 5300 Project Procurement Management
BUSN 5700 Advances in Project Management
MNGT 5670 Managerial Leadership

With Webster University’s new online courses in project management, proven organizational skills (and constraints) are now at your fingertips and will open a whole new professional world to you. These courses will teach you how to improve project performance, increase quality, and maximize success.

Note: Jim Meadows brings more than 20 years of project management experience to the classroom. He has served as a practioner faculty member in the Walker School of Business for more than 15 years. Prior to his current position as Online Faculty Coordinator Jim worked as director of military outreach for the Webster Office of Military Affairs and director of the Fort Leavenworth location. He has served as an assistant professor at U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth; director of Human Resources for Leavenworth County and deputy chief information officer for Fort Leavenworth.

 

BUSN 5100 Introduction to Project Management (3)

This course examines the basic theory and practical tools of project management. The student learns to manage projects and achieve project objectives by organizing, planning, scheduling and controlling the project. Prerequisite: BUSN 5760.

BUSN 5300 Project Procurement Management (3)

This course examines the basic theory and practical tools of the procurement process and contract management when the projects are completed using outside resources and contractors. The course will help students understand the procurement process and manage contracts effectively so that the project can be completed successfully.

BUSN 5700 Advances in Project Management (3)

This course examines the advanced theory and tools for implementing projects in organizations and will provide a comprehensive overview of the skills needed and challenges to be faced in managing them. The primary goals of this course in Project Management are to help students understand important concepts and principles in project selection, scheduling, risk and resource management and develop analytical and interpersonal skills that will be useful to them as project managers.

MNGT 5670 Managerial Leadership (3)

Organizational leadership is the process of influencing other people to achieve organizational goals. This leadership course reviews and builds upon the basic knowledge of leadership provided in an introduction to organizational behavior course by expanding the scope and depth of the student’s knowledge of leadership theories, by providing practice in basic leadership skills, and by developing the student’s self-knowledge of his or her preferred leadership styles.