Many of the problems related to the effective implementation of ICT projects are due to ineffective project management inadequate management skills and poor business focus of the project manager. The academic community have generally done a competent job in terms of providing technical skills – but there is little emphasis on equipping & preparing students with the requisite skills sets for managing and participating in software development projects. This paper presents one approach to addressing this problem by actively requiring students to manage a small group project as part of a marked assignment. The emphasis is predominantly on the management aspects using the PRINCE2 project management method and the technical ICT elements are left to the group’s discretion. Students are directed towards specific elements such as business case, management control and the need for on time delivery. Results have to yet to be fully quantified but students have expressed positive comments and indicate appreciation of “real world project experiences” in a controlled academic environment