20507 - PROJECT AND TEAM MANAGEMENT
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 19
Class-group lessons delivered on campus
What do art exhibitions, festival, events and movies have in common? They are projects, that implies that creative and cultural organizations are increasingly becoming project-based organizations. The success of these project is a matter of both technical and organisational issues, hard and soft skills. In fact, project managers are in charge of developing a project plan, understanding the requirements, listing activities and scheduling them. They are also in charge of managing risks and facing the unexpected. Moreover, project managers have to deal with interdependent actors, facing the issues of building the team, fostering creative and problem-solving oriented teamwork. This course allows students acquiring those project management skills which are critical on creative and cultural projects.
- Project definition and project types.
- Project critical success factors in cultural and creative industries.
- Stakeholder analysis.
- The project plan.
- Scope management.
- Time management.
- Risk management.
- The project team: roles and responsibilities.
- The role of the project team leader.
- Managing a team over its life cycle.
- Creative problem solving and decision making in project teams.
- Develop an understanding the project management process, acquiring the main logics and discovering the most used techniques.
- Know the principal project management techniques and tools, applied to cultural and creative industries' projects.
- Discuss the challenges of building a project team and managing its dynamics.
- Use project management techniques and tools (e.g. WBS, RACI Matrix, Gantt Chart) to plan and execute a project.
- Manage project team dynamics and make creative and problem solving oriented decisions in teams.
- Face-to-face lectures
- Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
- Exercises (exercises, database, software etc.)
- Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
- Group assignments
- Interactive class activities (role playing, business game, simulation, online forum, instant polls)
- Guest speakers' talks in class: we discuss project challenges with creative organizations.
- Exercises, case studies and interactive class activities: we do exercises to practice PM tools online using softwares and other templates; we discuss cases from cultural and creative projects and we use self assessments about our project leadership styles to reflect on team dynamics.
- Group assignment: we work on a real challenge posed by a cultural institution. The challenge allows to put in practice all the contents seen in class. This assignment is partially done in class during the course, allowing to get intermediate ongoing feedback, and partially outside class. At the end of the course it is presented to the institution.
|Continuous assessment||Partial exams||General exam|
- 60% of the grade: written exam (multiple choice and open questions) on all the course materials.
- 40% of the grade: one in-class group project to plan a real project for a real cultural organization.
100% written exam on the course’s readings. All the exams are based on multiple choice questions (no penalties for mistakes).
Readings listed in the syllabus for attending students and available in Course Reserves or Blackboard.
Readings listed in the syllabus for attending students. In addition:
- Managing Art Projects with Societal Impact, 2016 (Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9) https://www.researchgate.net/publication/303875660_Managing_Art_Projects_with_Societal_Impact_Study_Book_for_Students_Stakeholders_and_Researchers