FH Kiel Project Management

The following documents were used for the Project Management lectures at the FH Kiel (2002 - 2003)

German language script 

The original script: Basiswissen Projektmanagement von Karin Erichsen, Ulrich Samberg und Klaus Felten should be available athttp://www.e-technik.fh-kiel.de/lectures/lect_g.html. If not, you might ask the web master there.


These slides are overly animated, which means you'll have to click masively to work your way through them. Sorry for that, but it's a technique I use to stop myself "running ahead of myself" when I'm lecturing.

Also, you will notice that the PowerPoints don't print very well because of some overlaid animation (where one block of text is swopped out for another during presentation), If you need to print this stuff, then you'll find that the pdf gives better results.

General Workshops

Note: Although the lectures were held in English, some German terms and examples are used. For those of you who don't live in Germany, this is probably your first encounter with "Denglish". Enjoy! Mostly the German terms are provided only as translations of the primary Engish terms, occasionally they refer to user interface elements in the German language version of MS Project. Otherwise, the activities related to building a "Heizkraftwerk" - thermal generation power station - are in German.

In addition to the lectures, the Project Management course included hands-on workshops. Due to time constraints, some of these were conducted as "let me show you some cool stuff" sessions. The actual hands-on sessions were reserved for the Microsoft Project Tutorials.

The following is an ad-hoc collection of ideas, tools and concepts, which you may or may not find useful!

Mind Mapping Examples

Mind Mapping is a great technique to understand the structure of any problem. The following material shows some project management uses, particularly in the development of a WBS (Work Breakdown Structure). You will need either the demo version or the reader for MindManager to view these files - both are available athttp://www.mindjet.de/download/index.php

I suggest that you experiment with brain storming (Extras/Brainstorming Modus or Tools/Brainstorming), as well as with Export to MS Word and MS PowerPoint (Datei/Export or File/Export). Try structuring the unsorted Work Packages into a sensible Work Breakdown Structure.

Those of you who have MS Project or MS Outlook can experiment with the synchronisation to these products (Datei/Synchronizieren or File/Synchronisation).

Excel as a planning and drawing tool 

The Excel Material, showing the simulation of the WBS creation process and the development of the project network for the sample project is contained in the following files. Navigate through the individual sheets to see how the model is progessed.

Critical Path Method

CPM is one of my favourite topics relating to PjMt.

Around about 1976 or 77, I started to program a CPM Tool in BASIC on a PDP/11, with ticker tape serving as a floppy disk. (That story used to raise quite a few laughs, but it's now so long ago that no one understands the significance of the PDP/11).

Anyway, I still claim that understanding CPM is one of the keys to understanding how project plans hang together and move about unexpectedly when things start to go wrong. You'll find lots of relevant material in the lecture material above, but if you want to fine tune your CPM skills and understanding then try this little tool! The example used is based on the "standard" Heizkraftwerk project that I've used through all the material, but you can input varying durations for the tasks and varying delays between them. Then you do the manual - yes, manual! - calculation and can check your results against the answer sheet.

Microsoft Project Tutorial

Need to learn how to use MSP in the space of about 5 hours? My students all have the T-Shirt! ("been there, done that, got the T-shirt!").

If you consider MS PRoject to be the most over-priced painting tool on the market ("draw a project plan and keep the customer happy") then this is for you.

The files build a simple example step-by-step, as per the demo scripts above. It might be fast, but this tutorial covers almost everything you'll ever need to know about MSP (and lots that you won't!) - including project fine-tuning, error elimination, resource allocation and levelling, project monitoring etc. etc.

The MS Project files require access to the software, which is unfortunately not freely available for evaluation or demo purposes. Those of you that have the software, might like to examine the following files. If you save a backup copy of each file, you can try using the demo scripts to get to the next step and then compare the results with the appropriate file.

If you don't have access to the software, you might like to google for something like "Microsoft Project Reader" free. I thought about using pdf to show these files, but anyone who has ever watched in dismay as MSP prints zillions of pages - most of them empty - will know that that's not a particularly good idea!

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