Tailor project management to specific needs.
As you come to the end of your Masters of Science in Project Management program, you’ll be able to demonstrate everything you’ve learned in the prior semesters. This capstone project gives you the opportunity to build a project management plan from the ground up.
To help create your capstone master plan, you’ll use the course’s discussion board. Each week, you’ll post specific sections and use classmate feedback to fine tune and revise your plan. At the same time, you’ll critique your fellow students’ submissions and help them improve their projects.
You’ll begin with an organization overview which will include the history, organizational structure/culture of the entity for whom your plan is intended, as well as anything else that is pertinent information to know when working with this organization. Your issue analysis will describe in detail the issue/opportunity that you face with this organization. This section will likely use research and accompanying citations to support the reasons that you feel this is an issue/opportunity.
Addressing the issue/opportunity post, you will describe at least three different options to consider that would address this issue/opportunity with high level information (CBA or ROI) that you would present to a sponsor or executive management. You’ll then explain which option you suggest and explain why this option will best address the Issue/Opportunity.
Once these initial steps have been taken, you’ll start building your plan, providing details of how you tailored standard practices for your specific project charter, your scope management plan and your time management plan.
Sample Course Topics
Each week, you’ll focus on a new centralized topic as it relates to the overall objectives of this course. While weekly topics are subject to change based on course and instructor, sample topics may include but are not limited to the following.
- Project Environment and Needs Analysis
- Project Charter, Stakeholder, and Scope Management
- Time and Cost Management
- Human Resources and Communications Management
- Risk and Quality Management
- Procurement Management
- Change Management
- Reflections on Leadership and the Program
You’ll consider your stakeholder audience and project environment by producing a high-level, professional quality slide deck that highlights the unique aspects of your project.
You’ll outline both your cost management and human resource management plans as well as your stakeholder and communication management plans.
Your Capstone Project
Throughout this course, you’ll call on methods and concepts you’ve learned in this program to build a master plan and produce the documentation necessary to implement a real project of the your choice. Your project must be something that could actually be planned and executed at work, for a non-profit organization or in your community.
As you continue to build your project, you’ll outline your risk management, quality management and procurement management plans, while describing how earned value management or other tracking mechanisms will be used in your project.
You’ll create a detailed plan in MS Project, starting with the WBS, then adding activities, task dependencies, project costs and both human and material resources. You’ll show the project baseline, and the Gantt chart. You’ll use resource leveling to ensure that the plan is feasible.
The last outline and section you create will be for your change management plan. With this in place, you’ll be able to complete your capstone project.
Your Learning Objectives
In PRM 689 Project Management Capstone, you’ll prove your ability to critically analyze, synthesize and evaluate the theories and application of project management.
- Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to project knowledge areas and processes.
- Locate, assess and integrate current literature on topics associated with project management competencies.
- Evaluate alternative strategies and implement major aspects of project management for a sample project.
- Prepare professional documentation and presentations consistent with University and diverse workplace standards
- Demonstrate interpersonal skills consistent with expectations for project managers.
*Disclaimer: Course content and outcomes may vary and are subject to change without notice.