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iHub By Jessica Colaço / April 16, 2012

iHub Masterclasses: Project Management


The iHub will conducted a series of masterclasses in the coming months to build capacity in different areas. The first of these is the iHub Masterclass on Project Management. The purpose of this masterclass is to provide class participants with a greater understanding of Information Technology project management and equip them with the necessary tools to facilitate better project outcomes.

The objectives of this masterclass are listed below:

  • To address workshop expectations
  • To provide an overview of the history of project management
  • To discuss the benefits of project management
  • To review the difference between a project vs. operations
  • To address the importance of project management for organizations and clients
  • To review the key tools and factors necessary for project success

This masterclass is targeted at interested green and red members.

The classes will be held fortnightly and will last two days a week (Wednesday and Thursday) with 6 hours of class time each day beginning Wednesday 18th April 2012.

The prerequisites for this course are listed below:

  • Must be have a minimum of three years experience as a designer, developer, or project manager
  • Must be working on a project or about to start a project
  • Must have worked on a project in the past year
  • Currently in the process of working in, advising, or starting a technology company or social enterprise  using technology
  • Must have a strong interest in better managing your time and money

The topics for the class are as follows:

Day 1 Day 2
  • History of Project Management
  • Project Management Phases
    • Initiating
    • Planning
    • Execution
    • Monitoring and Control
    • Closing
  • Project Management Knowledge Areas
  • Key Project Documentation
  • Scheduling: Activity Estimation
  • Budgeting: Cost Estimation
  • Earned Value Management
  • Project Leadership
  • Customer Service
  • Ethics
  • Team Dynamics

Exercises will be provided to assist students in mastering concepts and becoming familiar with key tools and project management strategies.

There are only 15 slots available each fortnight. Interested participants should send an email to to confirm participation.

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

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