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Microsoft Project Essential training:
After taking this course, I’ve learned the core features of Microsoft Project 2016, from the basics such as creating a project and setting up calendars, to working with graphical reports and using earned value. There were many type of tasks that could be created; manual, auto scheduled, milestone, recurring, and summary. In addition to creating tasks, the course showed how to manage the many tasks. A utility of Microsoft Project that I appreciate is the flexibility with saving. You can publish to the web by choosing the XML format or by creating a PDF. Comparing Microsoft Project to the web app my team used in class, Asana, I think I personally prefer Asana at the moment. However, a 6 hour course is not enough time for me to explore Microsoft Project to decide which one is better since that there’s much more uncovered material to go through.
This course on leading change taught me about design thinking and how to use it to make cultural changes. Design thinking is a human or user centered approach to innovation. This process includes using strategies such as mapping customer journeys, which is similar to what we’ve used in MIS 3535 revolving users; product backlog, roadmap, etc. After learning about design thinking, the course goes into leading it and how to align a team. McKinley explains the challenges that come along with design thinking, one of them being big picture paralysis, where the frame is set so large that no frame exists to determine next steps. An interesting topic I haven’t heard of yet was Lo-fi prototype, or low fidelity prototypes. They are prototypes made with materials at hand, often paper, and takes a short amount of time to put together.