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Title: MSPPM instructor Author:
Project Management in the Information Technology Industry Stephen Gentile, MS, MBA, PMP
Project Management in the Real Estate Industry Denise M. Guérin, JD, PMP
Project Management in the Construction Industry Denise M. Guérin, JD, PMP
The Benefits of Applying Project Management in the Manufacturing Industry Leanne Bateman, MA, PMP, CSM
The Benefits of Applying Project Management in the Pharmaceutical Industry Leanne Bateman, MA, PMP, CSM
Balancing Project Management Hard Skills and Soft Skills Anne Marando, MS
Persuading Your Audience Laurie Lesser, MA
Management of Projects and Programs: Beyond PMBOK® Anne Marando, MS

  Project Management in the Information Technology Industry
By Stephen Gentile

IT project management is complicated by the shifting business needs and demanding stakeholders of traditional organizations. In the modern workplace, it is imperative that technology works both effectively and reliably. The application of project management in the IT field ensures that the right technology is implemented to provide a direct solution to the organization. This paper discusses project management in IT, major industry trends and how the Management of Projects and Programs curriculum at Brandeis University combines traditional project management philosophy with real world expertise to prepare project managers for hands-on work in the IT field.

 


  Project Management in the Real Estate Industry
By Denise M. Guerin, JD, PMP

This paper presents an overview of project management in those projects dealing with the Acquisition and Development of real estate. Challenges, issues and constraints that may arise for project managers working on these types of projects will be briefly discussed, and reference made to those courses offered in Brandeis University’s M.S. in Project and Program Management (MSPPM) Program that address those issues and can provide practical assistance in their satisfactory resolution.

 


  Project Management in the Construction Industry
By Denise M. Guerin, JD, PMP

This paper examines some of the project management challenges that are unique to the construction industry. In addition it revisits those that are likely to appear in any project, but does so from the special perspective of a project manager of a construction project. Throughout this examination, reference is made to specific course offerings in Brandeis University’s M.S. in Project and Program Management (MSPPM) Program that address those issues and can provide practical assistance in their satisfactory resolution.

 


  The Benefits of Applying Project Management in the Manufacturing Industry
By Leanne Bateman

Project management is a discipline that can be applied to all industries, and can be particularly effective in the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing relies heavily on quality and time to market to build and retain its customer base, so these two factors—quality in particular—need to be the focus during the manufacturing process. This paper discusses challenges in the manufacturing industry and how the tools and techniques of a project management methodology, as taught in MSPPM curriculum, can ensure that quality standards are met and the time to market is efficient.

 


  The Benefits of Applying Project Management in the Pharmaceutical Industry
By Leanne Bateman

Project management is a discipline that can be applied to all industries and works very effectively in the pharmaceutical industry where major shifts in recent years have significantly impacted the way in which a pharmaceutical company brings a product to market.

This paper discusses how project management is the key to addressing the unique regulatory, compliance and quality related needs of the pharmaceutical industry. The process of clinical research and drug development, coupled with the critical issue of time to market, can capitalize on project management techniques to effectively apply scheduling, risk management, and comprehensive quality assurance and control to the process of bringing a drug to market in a cost-efficient way.

 


  Balancing Project Management Hard Skills and Soft Skills
By Anne Marando

The ability to effectively manage projects and programs has become an increasingly important skill. However, many project managers are not able to successfully lead projects due to a deficiency of the necessary management skills.

This paper explores the fundamental assumption that to be most effective, project managers need to balance hard skills and soft skills. The curriculum of the M.S. in Project and Program Management (MSPPM) program at Brandeis University’s Division of Graduate Professional Studies has been designed to reflect this balance.

 


  Persuading Your Audience
By Laurie Lesser

Persuasion involves convincing others to give positive attention to our point of view. This paper examines the definition, purpose, and techniques of persuasion. It contrasts persuasive messages with informative messages, and provides a framework from which to develop persuasive proofs and presentation designs.

 


  Management of Projects and Programs: Beyond PMBOK®
By Anne Marando

This paper provides an overview of the M.S. in Project and Program Management (MSPPM) program at Brandeis University’s Division of Graduate Professional Studies, addressing the curriculum design in the context of project and program management skills. The remainder of the paper discusses how the curriculum aligns with, and goes beyond, Standards of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

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