Friday, September 06, 2013

Case studies are not enough for experience based learning in project management

You are in a class to learn how to create a fantastic project plan. And you are handed a case study. You work with a team and you produce results. You walked away from the class. Did you walk with a bag of tricks to combat real world situations?

Probably some.

At De Anza we take Project Management coaching to a whole new level. You are working on a case study actively in a class room, you are in the middle and not your coach. Your coach has your back. Your fail or run into a road block, you get an answer. Your are taught how to work with people to create good plans because plans are for people. It is not just creating a plan, it is building a team when planning as you are working with people.

As a project manager:

  • What should you do if your team members are not motivated?
  • How do you inspire the super producers?
  • How do you create an environment of healthy competition?
  • How do you learn human persona and intentions quickly?
  • How to use under skilled individuals and grow them?
  • How to identify leaders from an early stage? and how to create a balanced environment where strategic goals are met and you are not ignoring the human aspect of work?

We help you answer these questions.

As a project manager, you have to know your goals, project goals, goals for your team members and you have to constantly watch the goals and without confrontation use techniques to keep your "project car" in the lane, at the right speed so you can get to your destination. You have to watch your speed, not go too fast or too slow otherwise quality of what you produce with your teams is not going to be so good.

My personal goal is to help Project Managers create value through their work and outside of their work. Come take a taste of what we have to offer.

To learn more about our program visit
To enroll go to

If you have questions you can reach me

About me:
I am a faculty and created project management program at De Anza College. I have taught at De Anza since 1997, Carnegie Mellon University since 2004 and am founder of

Monday, August 19, 2013

Course offerings starting Winter 2014

Project Management Practitioner

De Anza College's offers a Certificate of Achievement called Project Management Practitioner  which provides "hands-on" experience for individuals who want to take on responsibilities of a project manager.

At De Anza we feel that the role of a Project Manager is not merely to initiate, plan and execute projects but to be the heart and soul of aligning strategic initiatives with tactical actions to ensure that companies and group can grow as a result of successful project execution. 
De Anza's CIS department is a community college with a distinctive mix of programs in engineering, computer information systems, programming and computer science. In 2005, the CIS department taught its first course in project management to help local corporations and government institutions in helping develop the skills of their employees in project management. To date over 700 students have taken our courses with enrollment in the program growing every year.  
Long known for its leadership in vocational courses in computer science, De Anza College CIS department views project management as a natural extension of its programs in the Silicon Valley. 
We welcome you to explore our program on this site or in person! Learn what its like to be a student in our program

About our program

De Anza College's Certificate for Project Management Practitioner is designed for individuals who want to become project managers in their respective industries. The program uses a "hands-on" approach to enhance your teamwork, communication and managerial skills.  
Consider the following questions to determine if this program is for you:
Are you seeking greater responsibility?
Do you picture yourself in a leadership role in your organization?
Do you need a better understanding of how projects are initiated, planned, executed and risks managed?
Are you looking to improve your communication, teamwork, project management skills or managerial skills?
If so, then you should explore the Certificate of Achievement in Project Management called "Project Management Practitioner"  
Our practicum based approach provides you a context that enables you to:
Apply the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK ) theory in a real world like environment
Jumpstart your ability to seeing things through to completion
Become a self-starter
Succeed in a team environment
Empower others to work on projects

De Anza College's Certificate of Achievement called Project Management Practitioner provides "hands-on" experience for individuals who want to become project managers. Certificate of Achievement is composed of the following courses:    

Required courses
CIS 95A         Project Management – A Practicum – 5 units
Foundation course - focusing on your role as a Project Manager; selecting a project; selecting a team; documentation and tracking of a project using Project Manager Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) Theory.

CIS 95B         Project Planning and Control – A Practicum – 4 units
Create a project scope statement that will act as a basis for creating a project plan. Build a project plan that integrates time, resources and communication with cost and quality of work. Plan controls to proactively mitigate risks

CIS 95C         Risk Assessment and Mitigation – 4 units
Focus on responding to uncertain events or conditions for a positive or negative effect on project objectives. Implement techniques for planning for risks and learn to change project plans to reduce the probability and/or impact of the risk.

CIS 95D        Managing Outsourcing – 3 units
Learn to acquire goods and services from an outer organization using procurement and solicitation processes. Perform contract administration till completion and settlement of contract.

Optional courses
CIS 79/BUS 88         Managing Technology Projects – 5 units
Introduction to the theory and practice of the design and management of technology projects, including planning, performing, and monitoring of projects. Subjects explored are estimating costs and schedules, analyzing client expectations, guiding diverse groups of people toward a common goal, while earning a profit. Use of common software packages for project management.

CIS 95E         CAPM/PMP Prep Exam – 4 units
Prepares the student for attempting the Project Management Professional (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) examination provided by Project Management Institute (PMI). Topics include management of integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk and procurement.

Detailed course outlines can be found at– Select Computer Information Science department and look for the course # listed above.

Tentative Schedule 2014
CIS 95A Project Management - A Practicum - WINTER 2014
Sat and Sun - starting Jan 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th  2014 from 8:30am to 6pm

CIS 95B Project Planning and Control - A Practicum - - WINTER 2014 
Sat and Sun - starting Feb. 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th 2014 from 9am to 5pm

CIS 95C Risk Assessment and Mitigation - SPRING 2014
April 12th, 13th, 26th, 27th, May 3rd and 4th 2014 from 9am to 5pm

CIS 95D Managing Outsourcing - - SPRING 2014 
May 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th and 24th from 9:30am to 3pm.

CIS 79 Managing Technology Projects - Spring 2014
Spring Quarter for 12 weeks - M/W from 6pm to 7:50pm

How to apply?
Please visit and fill out an application using instructions on the site.

For more information about the project management profession:
Department of Labor
Project Management Institute
Careers in Project Management
Is Project Management for you?

According to
“Annualized median salary (US) by years worked in project management*
3 years or less . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $65,000
6 to 10 years. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85,000
21 years and over . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100,000”
*Information from PMI® Project Management Salary Survey-Third Edition

            “Exciting career options in project management
• Aerospace and Defense
• Information Technology
• Automation
• Systems Manufacturing
• Design, Procurement and Construction
• New Product Development
• Education and Training
• Risk Management
• Environmental Management
• Urban Development
• Financial Services”

For more information contact
Sukhjit Singh 
( or 408 864 5566

To learn more about what our students saying about the program visit

De Anza College 
21250 Stevens Creek Boulevard
Cupertino, CA 95014 *


Program Cost
You will end up taking 21 total units for the entire certificate
California Residents pay $31.00 per unit.
For detailed fee schedule please visit: