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Mindful Project Management (IL919)


There are two specific features about project management theory which make it a slightly different type of subject to most other academic modules. Firstly, the subject has its origins in large-scale, complex operations. This means that a large proportion of the published theory concerns the planning and control aspects of the management of such processes. Secondly, most of the concepts were developed in the heyday of the 1960s, where a lot of activity was taking place in the aerospace, defence and construction sectors. This means that most of the basic literature is reasonably old and technically focused.

In the modern context, project management methods are now used for a much wider variety of applications including Humanitarian Engineering

As a consequence, this module aims to span a range of sectors and be as multi-disciplinary and as possible. The planning and control aspects of the module occupy only about 20% of the total time available.


This is a five-day intensive module; including lectures, seminars, and workshops.

The course syllabus including the following items:

  • Examines fundamental principles of ‘traditional’ project management
  • Explores approaches to stakeholder management, contract management and risk/uncertainty management
  • Introduces key processes, tools and techniques underpinning project management:
  • Looks at how project aims, objectives and scope are captures using a project initiation document
  • Highlights risk management as a critical factor in the success of projects.
  • Looks at approaches to estimation in projects
  • Explores critical path methodology as a mechanism for project control
  • Explores approaches of collective mindfulness as a human dimension to improving project performance
  • Group Simulation Exercise
  • Group Workbook
  • Individual Workbook
Illustrative syllabus

Day 1:

Examples of humanitarian engineering projects, critical success factors

Moving beyond process: Collective Mindfulness as a critical success factor in project management; introduction of 5 principles of collective mindfulness

‘Outside-in-view’: Reflection on a humanitarian disaster: The K2 disaster 2008

Day 2:

SPATIUM simulation: Project Charter, Stakeholder Management, Contract Management (Planning Phase)

Day 3:

SPATIUM simulation: Execution (Construction Phase)

Day 4:

SPATIUM simulation: Completion, Reflection on simulated project, Ceremony

Day 5:

Project Readiness and Preparedness in a humanitarian engineering context


Week Commencing 14/02/22

(Week 20)



Dr Elmar Kutsch