Contact: Contact: Alisyn Maggiora, Western Washington University Extended Education, at (360) 650-3717 or Alisyn.Maggiora@wwu.edu
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University will offer “Real Simple Project Management” beginning Jan. 23; the course is open to the community, and participants will explore simplified project management principles to increase the results of initiating and executing a project.
An information session will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, in Western’s Communications Facility room 226.
This 8-week evening course will begin with the fundamentals of planning a project using the Real Simple Project Management approach. Students will coordinate with the instructor to identify a project to develop and execute over the duration of the course. The course will conclude with lessons learned from the project experience as well as methods for controlling and closing out the project.
Students will be introduced to principles of lean thinking and learn how to reduce waste in a project management system in order to ease the anxiety and stress of chaos and thus improve performance and efficiency.
This course applies to all industries and professions and is designed to help manage small to medium professional projects. It is also ideal for group projects as it allows for a visual and iterative process for managing projects. Examples of the types of projects where participants use the Real Simple Project Management approach include:
- Managing personal workflow
- Developing a new version of a corporate website
- Organizing the hiring process for new employees
- Developing an annual report or event
- Conducting a business research project
The Real Simple principles ensure that participants reduce the complexity of the project to the lowest level possible, thereby providing a clear and concise plan that produces the best results.