Organisations undertake information systems projects on a regular basis. Such organisations value persons who can demonstrate an in-depth understanding of project management and information system concepts such as systems analysis, design and development. Universities offer courses in those subjects and the ones that involve students working on a real project contribute significantly to a deep understanding of best practice. Managing such a course, however, can be a risky affair and many kinds of problem can potentially arise to prevent project success and a satisfactory degree of learning. By adopting the method outlined in this paper, the risks can be mitigated to the benefit of all concerned. Four strategies are recommended that involve the careful selection of client and project, the proactive development of student teams, the utilisation of a robust method and, the promotion of and compliance with standards of good project management, especially quality management.
|Keywords:||Project Based Learning, Project Management, Quality Management, Team Work|
Senior Teaching Fellow, School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand