7011 Project Management & Innovation

I absolutely loved this class and found it very helpful for both my career and my personal interests. We started with a very broad overlook of project management, what it is, what it isn’t, and how it could be. There were a lot of buzzwords I have heard over the years, but until this class I never knew what they meant.

This was particularly fascinating for my job, because I was able to break down and analyze a lot of the systems my department has been using for years, and I finally had the words to explain it. My office does not prescribe to any one management system, but instead combines elements of each to create an agile waterfall scrum ban. We are currently in the process of remodeling our project management hierarchy and job duties, and hope to have a new Sr. Project Manager soon.

The Sprint exercise with my group was an excellent way to apply the principles we were learning to an actionable project. We went through the ideation, planning, production, and testing phases and came out with a wealth of knowledge. The project was so good, in fact, that it might even be carried out as a capstone project!

The final project was a culmination of everything we had learned throughout the course, and was the first step to making a decision on the groups and projects we would be carrying through as a final Capstone presentation for the entire EM program. I already had something in mind, so my final presentation was a little different, but I’m happy with the progress, and I can’t wait to take it to the next level in the fall!

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