Microsoft Project Essential training – CertificateOfCompletion_Microsoft Project 2016 Essential Training
- This course taught me everything I needed to know about working with Excel and showed me how to use Excel as a project management tool, which is something I wouldn’t think to do on Excel. The beginning of the course outlined the starting steps of how to create a project on Excel as well as setting up different tasks, resources, and display options. One section that I found particularly helpful would be sections 8 – 10 which show, in my opinion, the more complicated aspects of managing a project aside from the little things that were shown in the first part of the course. The videos in these sections showed how to edit and save baselines, assign overtime, delay or dead a task, review scheduling conflicts, and so many other features that I would never know are possible when using Excel.
- From what I learned, design thinking is a problem-solving process rooted in empathy and is focused on the user with an emphasis on making a team’s ideas tangible to produce the best result possible for the user. Leading this way of thinking seems to be the most complicated aspect of this course since it’s not rooted in the typical way of completing a project. Because of this, the course gives the viewer a heads-up on some issues that they may run into such as the need to have set steps, overcontrol of the team leader, dealing with ambiguity, and exhaustion, and provides solutions to combat them. The last two sections focus on collaboration and prototyping with the course teaching different collaboration techniques including synthesis, journey mapping, and creating a hypothesis to name a few. The prototyping portion stresses the importance of making multiple simple prototypes instead of spending a long amount of time creating a complex one to gain greater specification of the end result through each prototype made.