Project Management Case Studies

Students need to understand how theory and practice work together to solve real world problems. The project management case studies listed below place the students in the position of the project manager, sponsor, and other stakeholders. Students develop problem solving skills by critically analyzing the various scenarios. The case studies are broken down to allow for easy integration with the various lecture topics of PM-1.

Instructor manuals are available upon request for cases 10, 11, and 12. Please e-mail pmcurriculum@pmi.org to request these instructor manuals.


12 Resources available

Mini Case 1: Project Management at Global Green Books Publishing

Global Green Books Publishing is a mini-case study that introduces students to project management (PM), the advantages of PM, and PM processes such as estimating costs, identifying risks, and the importance of stakeholder management and communication.

Mini Case 2: The Back to School Crunch at Global Green Books

Student is introduced to core concepts such as risk, the importance of risk identification and risk analysis and planning to deal with risks.

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Mini Case 3: Defining Standard Projects at Global Green Books Publishing

Student is introduced to core concepts such as stakeholders, tasks, the Work Breakdown Structure and communications about work.

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Mini Case 4: Cost Estimation at Global Green Books Publishing

Student is introduced to core concepts such as cost estimation, various types and forms of project costs, and challenges that can impact project cost estimation.

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Mini Case 5: Managing Change at Global Green Books Publishing

Student is introduced to core concepts such as stakeholders, changes, and challenges from dealing with change that can impact projects.

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Mini Case 6: Developing Project Managers at Global Green Books Publishing

Student is introduced to core concepts such as leadership and people skills, the role of a project manager as both leader and manager, and challenges from dealing with team building issues in projects.

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Mini Case 7: Closing Projects at Global Green Books Publishing

Student is introduced to core concepts such as closing projects, capturing and using lessons learned, and holding a project close-out meeting.

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Mini Case 8: Team Building at Global Green Books Publishing

Student is introduced to core concepts such as team building, project kick-off meetings, and team charters.

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Mini Case 9: Quality Management at Global Green Books Publishing

Student is introduced to core concepts such as cost of quality, various quality roles, typical quality challenges, and integrating quality into the project.

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Mini Case 10: Leadership Implications in Complex Projects: The Boeing Dreamliner and Jim McNerney

Student is introduced to core concepts such as leadership, risk tolerance, organizational structure, complexity, change management, trust, motivation, communication, radical and incremental innovation.

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Case 11: Dealing With Uncertainty and Ambiguity in Complex Projects

This case tells the story of a real-life complex project during its very first stages with a high level of uncertainty and ambiguity. It focuses on the organizational transformation that is often overlooked in major construction projects.

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Case 12: Protecting American Soldiers with the Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH)

This Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH) case study encourages critical analysis of a U. S. Defense Department project at two key decision points: project start and production. The case focuses on the development, testing, and procurement (also referred to as acquisition) of a combat helmet for U. S. Army soldiers.

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