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C1 The IS projects

     o  What is a project? Specific features of an IS/IT project.

     o  Several kinds of IS/IT projects.

     o  Impact of changes in stakes, in technologies and in architectures

C2 Concepts and actors 

     o  Leading projects. The levels of management.

     o  Management specifications and management plans. Setting up a realistic and achievable plan.

     o  The actors of the project. Business owners and contractors. The project team. The steering. The sponsor. The users. The key users. The dilemma of the PM.

C3  An indispensable tool: the process analysis  

     o  Analysing a process. Processes cross-cutting the vertical lines of the organisation.

     o  The processes of a project.

C4  Core project management skills

     o  Identifying the project life cycle steps and the key milestones. Business case #1.

     o  Highlighting cross-cutting sub-processes devoted to project management.

     o  Identifying the stakes. Determining and clarifying the goals. Defining key deliverables: The concept of « Brief Project ». Business case #2.

     o  Breaking down a project: The WBS (Work Breakdown Structure). Business case #3.

     o  Organising the project: The OBS (Organisation Breakdown Structure). Business case #4.

     o  Leading the human resources and managing the time resource: Task scheduling. Resources assignment. Financial assessment. Planning tools (Microsoft Project, Open Workbench, modules PM of ERPs. Business case #5.

     o  Taking into account the uncertainties and assessing the risks. Business case #6.

     o  The expenditures of the project. The gains of the project. The budget. The ROI (Return On Investment). The profitability. The Net Present Value. The Internal Rate of Return. The Pay Back. The Economic Value Added. Projects with value creation. Business case #7.

     o  Running the project.  Establishing an effective control process: “You don’t follow up a project; you steer it”. Building and managing team effectiveness.

     o  Tracking and reporting progress. Detecting deviations and taking corrective actions. Business case #8.

     o  Assessing the achievement of objectives and compliance issues.

     o  How to communicate. Crisis communication. Business case #9.

     o  How to close successfully a project.

C5  Improving project management: a methodology to lead project  

     o  The stakes: Selecting and applying best practices.

     o  The objectives and the components of a PM methodology.

     o  Some repositories and methods: 6 Sigma, PRINCE2, PMP/PMI.

     o  Quality Assurance Plan in a project.

     o  Impact of the innovations of the web 2. 0 as far as project management is concerned (social networks, microblogging, collaborative platform,  …)

C6  The project manager and the « procurement » function

     o  The « procurement » functions: prescribing, purchasing, inspection, administration.

     o  An area where the part "Purchases" is growing. The case of public procurement contracts.

     o  Equipments, software and services procurement. Business case #10.

C7  Appraisal and perspectives


This course was taught in the framework of the Ecole Centrale Paris, as well as at the IS department of the University Hospital of Montpellier.



The management of projects, in order to roll out management systems within the IS of an organization, is defined as an operational steering which gathers tasks of allocation and control of resources, by mobilizing technical and organizational skills as well as relational and methodological competencies.

At the end of the training, each trainee should:

·        have understood his role in the project structure;

·        master a process-oriented vision of the steering of a project;

·        get ownership of the fundamental principles and of the management rules of this process ;

·        have identified the main criteria for a successful project as well as the key factors of success in the steering of the project.

·        have assets (methodological principles and tools) to enforce these rules in his daily work.



Vocational professional training :

·        Business leaders and executives involved, in one way (member of a steering committee) or another (head of a business unit concerned by the new organisation), in a project devoted to the roll out of a new information system.

·        Project managers (Business owners and contractors),

·        Contract engineers.

Initial training:

·         Students from « Grandes Ecoles » (Engineering, commerce and management ;

·        Students with a master's degree embarked into university studies addressing the issues of information systems and/or project management.

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(c) JP Marca - 2011-2012