Many of our graduated engineers works in project based organizations. Feedback from our (KTH) alumni surveys of graduated electrical engineers shows that almost every student works in projects with teams and a majority has had to led a project team within a few years after graduating. This talk will present simple methods that we use at KTH to educate our students to be better prepared for their work role as an engineer working in/leading project teams. As a teacher we do not need to be experts on project management, we just need to require the students to work a little bit more structured and take responsibility in labs or projects. In project terminology, the teacher is a sponsor, and the team of students takes the other roles. The sponsor requires a Project plan, Status updates, and a Final report. The plan describes the work to be done, the approach, responsibilities and important milestones, i.e. the student’s strategy to pass their lab/project. Status update is a short description on where they are according to plan, Final report, including an analysis of what the students learns and how they can improve next time. One can do this on a whiteboard or as simple documents. No software tools are required.
Joakim Lillieskold is an Associate Professor in Systems Engineering Management and the Director of Undergraduate Studies at School of Electrical Engineering at KTH – The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. His research interest includes the coordination of system development projects, and how to achieve a cohesive understanding of the system at hand. Prof. Lillieskold has a strong interest in education and has many years of experience teaching project management and project-based courses. He has authored and co-authored several books on project management. 2011 he was awarded KTHs Pedagogic Prize for his efforts in developing engineering education
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