Become an Agile Project Manager (Certification)
This learning path helped me understand the core ideas around being an Agile Project Manager. Starting through the foundations of Agile and popular frameworks like Scrum and customers and other interactions. I also learned about the outdated format of Waterfall and the benefits of Agile being used instead. Overall, the agile process is productive, efficient, and allows for flexibility. The hierarchical structure and meetings such as Sprints allow for Agile to be a successful framework. I also learned the importance of Agile retrospectives as they should prioritize the team’s flaws and room for improvement. This path also talks about task management and burndown charts to measure the productivity and output. I finally learned about the various tools I have for Agile such as Jira, Azure, CA Agile, etc. But the important thing is to use tools that orient towards Agile’s values of “Collaboration” and “face-to-face communication”.
Microsoft Project 2016 Essential Training (Certification)
The Microsoft Project 2016 learning path helped me understand how to utilize its features for a successful project. Everyone mostly knows how to use Excel, but how would we use that in a project setting where we need tasks, updates, and general project management? This is where the learning path helped me the most as it helped me understand how to set various specific options. Options that included resource allocation, task allocation, and a overview of the project efficiency by having schedule statuses and even graphical reports. Microsoft Project being properly utilized has a lot of value since it measures the budget use and timing of your project process.
Learning Design Thinking: Lead Change in Your Organization (Certification)
Design Thinking is an important learning path since developers often fail at understanding where their product is lacking. Design Thinking emphasizes emotions and empathy as the focus is on the user experience first rather than just focusing on a developer’s perspective. These simple principles can make a world of difference since a team’s efficiency and productivity can be vastly improved. Design Thinking needs the team mentality to be understanding and open to ideas, this includes personalities as teams can have introverts or extroverts which work differently. The user focus can only come after the team has come together mentally as the productivity and understanding of the user’s problems will be magnified. I also learned about creative collaboration which highlights the needs for hypotheses, journey maps, synthesis, and concepting. Creative Collaboration thrives with open-ended forms of brainstorming and ideas that understand the user’s way of thinking.
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