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Student:
Amy Swanson

Project Manager

Western Wisconsin Cares
 
Selected Instructor
Kay WaisKay Wais

 

This student selected this instructor for the following reasons:

  1. Geographic location - which allowed most of the sessions to be held face-to-face in Amy's office.
  2. Experience in teaching project management inside of a variety of organizations - thereby being able to provide organizational benchmarking and best practices.
 
Student Comments

I felt that completing the certificate program expanded my skills and knowledge base as a Project Manager.  I felt that the structure of the program fit my needs by being flexible and at my pace.


My instructor was very knowledgeable and helpful. She was able to present information in an understandable way and worked to tie that information to the work I was doing. She was very encouraging throughout the process and easy to work with.

 
Program Overview
Start date: May 8, 2015
End date: January 28, 2016

How were the sessions conducted?
Five of the sessions were held face-to-face in the student's office. One of the sessions included a coworker of the students. One of the sessions was held virtually using GoToMeeting with screen sharing.

 
Student Learning Objectives
  1. Learn the fundamentals of project management

  2. Explore creating work breakdown structures

  3. Learn schedule planning and optimization techniques

  4. Learn about project risk management

  5. Find out how others do project prioritization

  6. Discuss how traditional project management and the agile methodology work together

 
Student's Learning Log
Please note that this student far exceeded the required learning activities time minimums.

Date

Learning Activity

Activity Time

Cumulative Activity Time

5/15/15

Kick off session with Kay

1.5

1.5

6/13/15

Read Chapters 1-3 PMBOK

2.5

4.0

6/28/15

Reviewed example WBS

.5

4.5

7/10/15

Read Charter & Scope & WBS sections in PM workbook

.75

5.25

7/10/15

New project initiation-meeting to discuss scope for IMS project

2.0

7.25

7/11/15

Developed WBS for TPA project (assignment)

3.5

10.75

7/16/15

Meeting with Kay

1.0

11.75

8/7/15

Initiating Phase Meeting-Walk through of IMS system (As Is process)

1.5

13.25

8/11/15

Meeting with Kay-Critical Path Instruction

1.5

14.75

8/26/15

Closing Phase Meeting-TPA Lesson Learned Meeting-PM team

2.0

16.75

8/31/15

Developed IMS Project Charter

Read Chapter 4 PMBOK

2.0

18.75

9/2/15

Initiating Phase Meeting-Identified IMS project work buckets-PM & Developer

2.0

20.75

9/9/15

Initiating Phase-Continued Scope Discussion IMS with Lead

.5

21.25

9/9/15

Project Prioritization Meeting-Reviewed System Stabilization list for SRDC Project Priority setting

1.0

22.25

9/11/15

Initiating Phase-Reviewed Charter with Sponsor (MEP)

.5

22.75

9/14/15

Department Structure Meeting with MEP

.5

23.25

9/15/15

Project Prioritization Meeting -SRDC Project Priority Meeting (System Stabilization)

1.0

24.25

9/17/15

Planning Phase Meeting-Reviewed IMS project work buckets with SME’s

1.0

25.25

9/21/15

Planning Phase-Drafted Proposed workflow

2.0

27.25

9/22/15

Planning Phase-Drafted IMS To Be Swim lanes

2.0

29.25

9/30/15

Planning Phase Meeting-Reviewed IMS impact on PN Dept

1.0

30.25

9/30/15

Planning Phase-Reviewed Project Work Plan and Documents –PM Team

2.0

32.25

10/2/15

Planning Phase-Revised Swim Lanes

1.0

33.25

10/5/15

Planning Phase Meeting-Reviewed Swim Lanes with Primary SME

1.0

34.25

10/8/15

Planning Phase Meeting-Reviewed Swim Lanes with Stakeholder Group

1.0

35.25

10/9/15

Planning Phase-Revised Swim Lanes

1.0

36.25

10/14/15

Planning Phase Meeting-Discussed IMS schedule with Sponsor

1.0

37.25

10/14/15

Planning Phase-Drafted Work plan

2.5

39.75

10/14/15

Planning Phase-Reviewed Roll out schedule

.5

40.25

10/15/15

Planning Phase Meeting-Determined IMS Users & Requirements

1.0

41.25

10/16/15

Planning Phase-IMS Requirements Writing

2.0

43.25

10/20/15

SRDC-discussion on Project Priority Setting

1.0

44.25

10/21/15

Planning Phase-Mtg-IMS Requirements Gathering-ProNet

1.0

45.25

10/22/15

Scope Management Discussion

1.0

46.25

10/26/15

Planning Phase-Requirement writing

3.0

49.25

10/27/15

Planning Phase -Review work plan & prototype w/ group

2.0

51.25

10/28/15

Session with Kay-Risk Game

2.0

53.25

10/29/15

Planning Phase-Requirement Writing

2.0

55.25

10/30/15

Planning Phase-Reviewed system requirements & Development schedule

3.0

58.25

11/3/15

Executing Phase- Reviewed Prototype with developer & tested prototype with test group

3.0

61

11/11/15

Executing Phase- IMS Testing Lab Iteration release) MATRIX

3.0

64

11/13/15

Read ’How to Improve Application Delivery with Agile & ‘The PMO Decision: Should You? & A How-to Guide for PMO Implementations’(ProjectMangament.com)

.25

64.25

11/18/15

Executing Phase-Release Management for IMS project. Mtg: IMS Testing Lab Iteration release) MATRIX

2.5

66.75

11/19/15

Executing Phase-Project Change discussion with stakeholders and project timeline review with Sponsors

3.0

69.75

11/20/15

Executing Phase-Updated requirements related to project change

1.0

70.75

11/24/15

Executing Phase- IMS Testing Lab Iteration release) MATRIX

2.0

72.75

11/24/15

Executing Phase-Testing feedback/requirement changes with developer. Stakeholder meeting to define requirements

2.0

74.75

11/30/15

TPA Status Report to Leadership Group

.25

75

12/2/15

Executing Phase-IMS Testing Lab Iteration release) MATRIX

2.0

77

12/3/15

Executing Phase-IMS Project Meeting with stakeholders to clarify requirements. Mtg: Testing feedback with developer

2.0

79

12/4/15

Executing Phase-Requirement/process review with Stakeholders following project change

1.5

80.5

12/8/15

Executing Phase- IMS Testing Lab Iteration release) ProNet

1.0

81

12/9/15

Executing Phase-IMS Testing Lab Iteration release) MATRIX. Mtg: Prep IMS Training

3.5

84.5

12/10/15

Executing Phase-Clarify requirements, Define reporting requirements, Testing feedback with developer

2.5

87

12/11/15

Executing Phase-Training materials, document project processes, requirement gathering. Mtg: Discuss how to improve project change process

3.5

90.5

12/14/15

Executing Phase-Requirement review with developer

.5

91

12/16/15

Executing Phase-IMS Testing Lab Iteration release) MATRIX. Mtg: Testing feedback with developer

2.5

93.5

12/17/15

Executing Phase-IMS testing lab (Iteration Release) ProNet. Mtg: Discussion with supervisor regarding new position expectations

2.0

95.5

12/22/16

Executing Phase-IMS Testing Lab Iteration release) ProNet. Mtg; Reporting requirements

2.0

97.5

12/28/15

Executing Phase-IMS Testing Lab Iteration release) ProNet

2.0

99.5

12/29/15

Executing Phase-Complete IMS process documents

1.0

100.5

1/5/16

Meeting to discuss change in Project Prioritization Process

.5

101

1/6/16

Executing Phase-IMS Final Testing Lab Iteration release) MATRIX

2.0

103

1/8/16

Executing Phase-IMS Testing Lab Iteration release) ProNet. Mtg: Clarified reporting.

2.5

105.5

1/11/16

Executing Phase-IMS Final Testing Lab Iteration release) ProNet

1.0

106.5

1/12/16

Executing Phase-Project Requirement signoff. Meeting-Reviewed new Project Prioritization MATRIX

2.0

108.5

1/18/16

Project Release Go Live communication

.25

108.75

1/20/16

Reviewed Project Connections Templates for project prioritization

.5

109.25

1/25/16

Complete Statement of Work & Developed requirements with Contracted Developer

2.0

111.25

1/26/16

Read PMBOK Annex A1 & Interpersonal Skills. Took 10 minute test prep online. Project Training

3.5

114.75

1/27/2016

6th and Final, Summary Session w/ Kay. Discussed selection of projects, prioritizing projects, the concepts of Agile and Traditional Project Management working together.

1.5

116.25

 
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