Project Management (PM), as the name tells, is the course about how to run projects. We learn about different management tools and try to apply it to our own projects.
The course instructor is Carl Savage, postdoc from Clinical Management department. As an active researcher, Carl always uses his research projects as examples to illustrate his first hand experience. I find it quite inspiring to listen to his lectures, while he has a lot of research experience in health management field.
The course is composed of three assignments, during which we have experienced shock, worry and confusion as time goes. The first assignment was due two days after the course started on Ping Pong, and the first day of meeting was discussion on the first assignment! So my group had our first meeting over FB, while we realized we didn’t have much time to arrange an interview with someone from outside of life science industry. Then we worried about the second assignment when we learned new management system like Agile. It was some time before we learned the basics of this system, after which we started arranging interviews within the life science industry. Everything was so packed up and we could not contribute all day as we had another course in KTH. Therefore November was very busy for us.
A rather confused assignment was when Carl decided that we adopted a new grading system. We wrote a letter to him saying what kind of grade we wanted and stated our contribution. The funny thing was that when our group sat together and tried to put every best word on ourselves and each other. I was not very good at praising myself, so I learned new skills!
PM is a really pm course for me, as we almost work until 6pm three times a week in addition to a morning lecture. Maybe this is not hard-working to you, but it is to me!
Sometimes people wonder why we need project management tools, why not run projects based on experience. I would say that world is changing, projects are being more and more complex nowadays. We cannot rely on classical approaches as always. We need to change, we must change, as Ericsson says.
Hope you could also improve our project management skills as you take more and more courses.