Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Continuing Professional Development
The proposed paper and presentation address how the authors’ approach to teaching project management has foundationally evolved over ten years of teaching an intense, online project-based graduate level course to experienced, practicing engineers. The evolution focuses on adaptations that recognize and address the realities of challenging projects that occur in the churn of “living order” geometric order.” The discipline of project management, as traditionally taught, seeks to precisely plan, budget, and schedule projects, then execute according to those predetermined plans, budgets, and schedules. Engineers seek to fully understand and avoid possible risks to project success. In this view, success depends on accurately predicting the future, developing a path to success, and ensuring all elements of the project remain fixed on that path. The true success of any project depends on whether the project delivers its intended value to stakeholders. Whether the project follows the planned path to success is immaterial. The scope, schedule, and/or budget may evolve to the benefit of all, provided the target value is delivered. To achieve project and career success, engineering project managers need to supplement traditional project management skills with the ability to navigate the rapids of living order in which their projects seek to survive. In the world of living order, agility, adaptability, and resilience are of paramount importance. The authors have evolved what they teach and how they teach to help practicing engineers to build lean, value-focused teams and project plans that can quickly learn from changing project conditions, and agilely adapt to ensure successful project completion. The paper will address how course goals, topics, and formats have evolved to better meet the related needs and interests of practicing professionals. The presentation will also address how engineers enrolled in the course have applied living order concepts to real-world projects they complete as part of the course.
Pferdehirt, W. P., & Russell, J. S., & Nelson, J. S. (2018, June), Evolving the Teaching and Practice of Project Management: Lessons Learned on the Path to Living Order Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30461
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