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Advanced eCourse: Project Management Fundamentals for Librarians
Sean Gaffney
Item Number: 1541-9227
Publisher: ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
Price: $500.00
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12-week Asynchronous Advanced eCourse beginning April 17, 2017
An ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions and SJSU iSchool Advanced eCourse facilitated by Sean Gaffney 

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Estimated Hours of Learning: 72
Full participants earn the SJSU iSchool/ALA Publishing Advanced Certificate of Completion.

Do you have trouble staying on top of a project? Seeing it through from start to finish? This advanced eCourse will provide you with essential strategies and techniques to successfully oversee projects from their initial proposal to completion. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of several project management tools and processes that will help you stay on task and on schedule.

You’ll learn about management styles, institutional constraints, project life cycles, stakeholder management, scope definition, risk assessment, project planning tools, team management, and more! You’ll gain practical experience through assignments and interaction with the instructor and your fellow students. In twelve weeks, you’ll enhance your skill set and attain a solid foundation in project management.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this advanced eCourse, you will be able to

  • Define a project and understand the fundamentals of project management
  • Manage client expectations
  • Successfully manage the scope and constraints of a project
  • Use tools, templates, and processes to successfully launch, manage, control and close projects

Participants who complete this Advanced eCourse will receive a SJSU iSchool/ALA Publishing Advanced Certificate of Completion. This certificate will affirm your status as having completed all the steps of an Advanced eCourse on Project Management Fundamentals for Librarians and will provide proof of your participation that you can add to your resume.

Advanced eCourses—a new format in which faculty from the SJSU iSchool will help you dig deep into cutting-edge topics during 12-week online courses, equipping you with potentially transformative knowledge and skills, and taking you from introductory through high-level content.

eCourse Outline 

Week One - What Is a Project?

        • Defining a project
        • An intuitive view of the project landscape
        • Defining a program
        • Understanding the scope triangle
        • The importance of classifying projects
        • The contemporary project environment

Week Two - What Is Project Management?

        • Understanding the fundamentals of project management
        • Challenges to effective project management
        • What are requirements – really?
        • Introducing project management life cycles
        • The project landscape

Week Three - What Are the Project Management Process Groups?

        • Defining the five process groups
        • Defining the ten knowledge areas
        • Mapping knowledge areas to process groups

Week Four - How to Scope a Project

        • Managing client expectations
        • Project scoping process
        • Project scoping meeting & deliverables
        • Requirements breakdown structure (RBS)
        • Project classification

Week Five - How to Plan a Project

        • The importance of planning
        • Building the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
        • Estimating task duration
        • Estimating resource requirements
        • Estimating cost
        • Constructing the project network diagram
        • Writing an effective project proposal

Week Six - How to Launch a Project

        • Recruiting the project team
        • Conducting the project kick–off meeting
        • Managing scope changes
        • Managing team communications
        • Assigning resources
        • Resource–leveling strategies
        • Finalizing the project schedule

Week Seven - How to Monitor & Control a Project

        • Establishing your progress reporting system
        • Managing the Scope Bank
        • Building and maintaining the Issues Log
        • Managing project status meetings
        • Defining a problem escalation strategy
        • Gaining approval to close the project

Week Eight - How to Close a Project

        • Writing & maintaining client acceptance procedures
        • Closing a project
        • Getting client acceptance
        • Installing project deliverables
        • Documenting the project
        • Conducting the post-implementation audit
        • Writing the final report
        • Celebrating success

Week Nine - Managing Complexity in the Face of Uncertainty

        • Understanding the complexity/uncertainty domain of projects
        • Requirements
        • Flexibility
        • Adaptability
        • Risk vs. the Complexity/Uncertainty Domain
        • Team Cohesiveness vs. the Complexity/Uncertainty Domain

Week Ten - Agile Project Management

        • What is Agile Project Management?
        • What is Lean Agile Project Management?
        • Iterative Project Management Life Cycle
        • Adaptive Project Management Life Cycle

Week Eleven - Extreme Project Management

        • What is Extreme Project Management?
        • Extreme project management life cycle
        • Definition
        • Characteristics
        • Strengths/Weaknesses
        • When to use an Extreme Approach

Week Twelve - Specific Project Management Life Cycle Models

        • Traditional Project Management
        • Agile Project Management
        • Iterative PMLC Models
        • Adaptive PMLC Models
        • Extreme Project Management
        • Challenges to Project Set-Up and Execution

Within the week-by-week format, you will be able to work at your own pace and interact with the instructor through emails and message boards without the constraints of attending a live session at a specific time.

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on April 17, 2017. Your participation will require approximately six hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to:

  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructor Sean Gaffney will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 12-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that participants log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.

User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files.

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About the Instructor

Sean Gaffney is a Manager in the Data Analysis and Delivery Services (DADS) team at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Prior to joining PwC, Sean worked for Archer Daniels Midland in a variety of roles, including Head Research Librarian, Manager of Information Services and Senior Information Scientist. Sean holds an MBA in Accounting from Saint Leo University, an MLIS from Kent State University, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in LIS from the University of Illinois. Sean has been a part-time faculty member at San Jose State University’s School of Information since 2008 and has taught several CPE courses for SLA. Sean is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant.


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