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BCS Diploma in IT Study Materials & Resources - IT Project Management

IT Project Management

3.00 PM Tuesday / January 28, 2014

IT Project Management is more prevalent in industry today than ever before. It is therefore necessary for BCS candidates to have an understanding of the methods and techniques used in Project Management early in their studies and careers.


  • To develop an awareness of the need for project planning and management
  • To apply professional attitudes and techniques to managing a project

Prior Knowledge

Candidates are expected to be familiar with the material covered in the BCS Certificate syllabuses and have knowledge of the core module (Professional Issues in Information Systems Practice) syllabus.

What You will be Studying


  • Feasibility studies and the establishment of a business case for a project
  • Requirements elicitation, analysis and verification: purpose and methods
  • Establishing project objectives, goals and measures of success
  • Stages of a development project: requirements elicitation; requirements analysis; design of software, hardware and networks; system building (including software coding) and integration; verification and validation (including testing) ; installation
  • Adapting the development life cycle to projects where off-the-shelf packages are to be installed
  • Criteria for building or buying in software applications
  • Project management using a lightweight or agile approach with particular reference to the use of time-boxing, prototypes, joint application development and rapid application development.
  • Installation issues, including methods of going live
  • Project closure and post implementation activities
  • Selection, acquisition and implementation of off-the-shelf and customised off-the-shelf applications
  • Project support activities, including configuration management and change control


  • Use of product and work breakdown structures (PBS and WBS).
  • Use of (activity on node) precedence plans and network analysis
  • Critical path analysis
  • Gantt charts
  • Resource allocation, including the identification of resource types and the resolution of resource clashes
  • Principles, methods, advantages and disadvantages and relative accuracy of different estimating techniques, including parametric/algorithmic models (based on the identification of size drivers and associated productivity rates), expert judgment, analogy, top-down and bottom-up


  • Team building theory and practice, structures and responsibilities, including Belbin’s team roles and Tuckman-Jensen stages of team evolution (forming, storming, norming, performing)
  • How to staff a project stage with appropriate skill sets; how and where to obtain skilled personnel
  • Appropriate management styles for development projects
  • Team management, motivation, retention
  • The role, responsibilities and skills of the project manager
  • Management of relationships with the stakeholders within and outside the project team, including users.
  • Project organization: roles of project boards (or steering committees), user and developer representatives, project managers, team leaders, suppliers, programme and project support, project assurance


  • What to monitor and why
  • Where and when to monitor
  • Project control through monitoring
  • Use of plans in project control
  • Reasons for reports: whom to report to and how to report
  • Types of report: exception, progress, management
  • Monitoring and control of project finances and quality
  • Assessment of implications and impact on the project of deviations and changes to project plan


  • Risk identification: types of risk, risk checklists.
  • Risk prioritization: assessment of likelihood and impact of risk; qualitative and quantitative methods of assessing risk exposure.
  • Risk management tactics, including risk avoidance, risk transfer, risk reduction, risk mitigation and contingency planning.
  • Costs benefit analysis of planned risk reduction actions, risk reduction leverage.
  • Risk registers.


  • Definition of product quality and software quality.
  • Quality management systems: principles and features, including the principles contained in the ISO 9000 family of standards.
  • System quality specification and measurement, including an overview of ISO 9126 Process and product quality approaches: capability maturity models.
  • Quality assurance and quality control, project audit and quality audit.
  • Methods of enhancing quality: the different types of testing,inspections, reviews, standards.
  • Management and control of testing.

Books to Refer

Primary Texts

  • Field, Mike and Keller, Laurie, Project Management Open University, International Thomson Press, 1998, ISBN: 1861522746
  • Hughes, Bob and Cotterell, Mike, Software Project Management, McGraw-Hill (4th Ed), 2005, ISBN: 0077109899
  • For our candidates in SE Asia, there is an Indian edition of this text (in English) as above. The publisher is Tate McGraw-Hill, New Delhi, ISBN: 007043854
  • Hughes, Bob (Ed) et al, Project Management for IT Related Projects, The British Computer Society, 2004, ISBN: 1902505581 and 9781902505589
  • Cadle J. & D. Yeates Project Management for Information Systems, Pearson Prentice Hall (5th Ed), 2006, ISBN 978-0-13-206858-1

Other Reading

  • Bott M. F., Professional Issues in Information Technology, The British Computer Society, 2005, ISBN: 1902505654 and 9781902505657

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