LinkedIn Learning #1 – Learning Design Thinking: Lead Change in Your Organization:
Driving change in an organization can be a big challenge; a seemingly overwhelming task. After taking this course, however, I have learned valuable tools and information that makes that giant task just a little bit easier to achieve. In this learning, I was introduced to the concepts and techniques of design thinking which is a people-centered approach to problem-solving that emphasizes empathy, experimentation, and collaboration. In addition, through the guided exercises, I learned about the design thinking process, including identifying user needs, framing problems, generating ideas, prototyping solutions, and testing designs. The course also talked a little about stakeholder management and storytelling, which I already had a bit of knowledge on but was nice nonetheless.
LinkedIn Learning #2 – Microsoft Project 2016 Essential Training:
Prior to taking this course, I had never used the Microsoft Project software before so this was all totally new to me. The course started with introducing the Microsoft Project interface and explaining how to create a new project plan. It then covered the basic tools of the software such as creating tasks, adding resources, setting up schedules, and managing dependencies between tasks. Other topics such as tracking progress, managing costs, and communicating project status to stakeholders were also discussed. Given that this was new software to me, the tips and tricks that Bonnie showed were very helpful and made the purpose of the software much more clear to me. After taking this course I am definitely no expert, but I feel somewhat comfortable using the Microsoft Project software which will be a good tool to have, especially because I want to be a project manager at some point in my career.