New WWU course covers project-management principles

Western Washington University is offering a new class, titled “Real Simple Project Management,” beginning Jan. 23. Participants in the course, which is open to the community, 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 Room 226 of WWU’s Communications Facility.

The eight-week evening course will begin with the fundamentals of planning a project using the Real Simple Project Management approach. Students will coordinate with an 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.

The course applies to all industries and professions, and is designed to help manage small-to-medium professional 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

For more information, visit www.wwu.edu/ExtendedEd, email ExtendedEd@wwu.edu or call 360-650-3308.

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