Using LinkedIn Learning, I was able to explore Agile project management, Microsoft Project 2016, and design thinking.
First, I completed the path “Become an Agile Project Manager”. By completing this path, I learned the fundamentals of leading agile teams. This includes building the team, creating user stories, running productive meetings, and communicating progress through backlogs, turndown charts, and task boards. I also learned about different agile tools, including Atlassian JIRA, VersionOne, CA Agile Central, and Agility Health. These skills will help me bring flexibility, productivity, and efficiency to my future teams and employer.
Secondly, I completed “Microsoft Project 2016 Essential Training”. Thanks to this course, I have learned the ins-and-outs of Microsoft Project 2016. I followed along using the provided files to get hands-on experience setting up project files, using manual and auto scheduling, understanding the different types of tasks, and assigning resources. I also learned how to effectively use the viewing and reporting functions to identify cost and schedule progress problems. Overall, I am thankful to have gained valuable experience using this project management software. I am now prepared to leverage this tool in my future experiences.
Finally, I did the path “Learning Design Thinking: Lead Change in Your Organization”. I learned the fundamentals of design thinking, including the mindset, roles, and spaces needed to be a successful design thinker. I also acquired helpful tips on how to lead change by balancing focus and momentum with long-term ambiguity, which is much easier said than done. Finally, I learned how to use creative collaboration, journey maps, service blueprints, hypothesis generation, and prototyping to lead change. I am excited to use design thinking in my future career endeavors.