Chapter 1 – Introduction to Project Management for Human Resources

1.12. Learning Activities and Exercises for Students/Teachers

The learning activities can be completed by the Students on their own as a learning opportunity to integrate the materials from the textbook for assignments or tests/exams. Or, they may be used by the Teachers as learning activities in class, or for short answer questions on tests/exams.

Learning Activities for Students/Teachers

1. In a small group, discuss whether project management works in all companies. Divide your group into two smaller groups. One group defends that “yes”, project management will work in all companies. The other group argues that “no” project management will not work in all companies. Each smaller group will spend time developing their argument. Each group will debate their position. And the opposite group will have an opportunity to ask questions and argue against the argument. Each group will summarize their position (either stand with original position, or what influenced the group to change their mind.)

2. Research, individually, the Project Management Institutes (PMI) website. Explore the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Discuss in larger group in class what you learned, and the substance it offers in relation to project management. Discuss whether you believe project management will sustain itself in the future within organizations? And, if Human Resources should be playing a key role in project management?

3. Discuss in a small group whether you believe “the art” or “the science” is most important to project management. Offer reasons for your choice.

These exercises can be completed by the Students to integrate learning materials for assignments/tests. Or they can be used by the Teachers in class to integrate learning or used on tests/exams.

Exercises for Students/Teachers

1. Why is the execution phase of a project important to the strategic plan of an organization?

2. In what ways does Human Resource impact the strategic plan of an organization? And a project?

3. What are the 5 elements that distinguish between project management and program management?

4. What are the three broad categories of projects? Define them.

5. Individually, find the Project Management Institute’s website:

a. Review the general information and its membership requirements

b. Review the website to find the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)