Managing Change in a Dynamic Workplace
Change doesn’t have to be difficult, even in a fast-paced office setting. Learn our simple but practical keys to success in leading through a transition. Participants will learn the skills to support and lead teams through times of transition.
Managing Projects, Part 2: Applying the Fundamentals
Building on Managing Projects, Part 1 – Understanding the Fundamentals, Managing Projects, Part 2: Applying the Fundamentals provides the opportunity to apply various tools and techniques to plan, execute, monitor and control, and close a project via a project simulation. You will focus on practice and application. Students work in teams to approach a complex project management scenario and take a project from initiation through closing using a tailored approach that integrates the various topics covered in both courses and allows for direct application of tools and techniques.
This course incorporates the use of experiential learning including hands-on activities and group exercises to create various project documents, tools, and artifacts to achieve measurable objectives, identify and manage project scope, estimate project time and costs, manage resource requirements and assignments, determine work required and task dependencies, and monitor and control project execution.
This course is aligned with the industry-leading standard in project management worldwide, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), and focuses on the five process groups, ten knowledge areas, and 47 associated processes in the PMBOK® Guide.
Mastering Projects – Advanced Topics, Tools and Techniques
Course 2 of 2 in the “Project Management Mastering Projects” Badge.
Part 1 is: “Mastering Projects: Real World Agile in Practice”
In this course, participants will build upon the fundamentals covered in the “Managing Projects” courses by applying knowledge, tools and techniques to scenarios and case studies. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in experiential learning exercises both individually and in teams, and explore specific topics in greater detail including: interpersonal skills, identifying opportunities and threats, requirements gathering, critical path and critical chain methods, project performance management, and procurement/contracting.
MBA 706 is aligned with the PMI®, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), the leading project management standard worldwide today. This course is intended to engage participants and inspire them to develop a pragmatic approach for managing projects by combining their experience (both classroom and career) and knowledge with industry standards and good practice. Students are encouraged to continue building a project management “toolbox” by adding additional components acquired from the course as well as through discoveries made in class from other students, through work experiences, via in-class experiential activities and through research.
Advanced topics and specific project management tools, techniques and methods are introduced in this course and additional time is spent exploring the ten knowledge areas and five process groups outlined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
Your application to the Creighton Graduate School, Heider College of Business is embedded in the course registration process. You can leverage your education and earn a Badge or Certificate in Project Management and these credits apply towards Creighton’s MBA or MSBIA graduate degrees. It is highly recommended that students have several years of working experience, prior business-related coursework, and have taken MBA 501 and 502 before taking this course.
Mastering Projects – Real World Agile in Practice
Course 1 of 2 in the “Project Management Mastering Projects” Badge.
Part 2 is: “Mastering Projects: Advanced Topics, Tools and Techniques”
Mastering Projects – Real World Agile in Practice is designed to help students better understand the Agile philosophy. Agile which has gained popularity in recent years as an approach to product development in project environments with considerable uncertainty, high rates of change, complexity and considerable risk. The Agile mindset has spawned several methodologies and frameworks such as Kanban, Scrum, and XP to name a few, but all adhere to some common principles that have been used in the IT sector for some time, but have now spread to other industries today. The underlying concept for any Agile approach is to focus on delivering stakeholder value by critical decision-making and applying proven project processes as appropriate, while remaining responsive to change.
This course explores managing projects through the lens of a “Real World Agile” view. It includes flexible and pragmatic reviews of variations and overlaps in project approaches and techniques such as waterfall, Agile, Scrum, and Kaizen practices to provide the participant with a practical application orientation for the pros and cons of each. Using interactive group workshops within the course, students will experience all of the core Scrum practices end-to-end using a project scenario. This will include applying creative techniques for estimating, prioritization and story identification. The course is facilitated by an experienced and certified Agile Coach. Students are encouraged to engage with one another and share experiences, examples and questions to leverage the learning experience.
This course’s approach is not typical of many other introductory Agile and Scrum courses. Approximately 25 percent of the time will be spent on the “what” and “why” behind Agile and Scrum and the remaining 75 percent on “how” to put this into practice. The course will take students through an end-to-end lifecycle from “release planning” to “production release.” Specific topics include:
- Agile Overview
- the Agile Team
- the Agile Planning Framework
- Understanding the Customer
- Product Roadmap
- Creating the Product Backlog
- Breaking Down EPICs
- Prioritizing the Product Backlog
- Sizing Stories
- Release Planning
- Story Elaboration
- Sprint Planning
- Sprint Execution
- Closing out the Sprint
- Adopting Agile Methods
Your application to the Creighton Graduate School, Heider College of Business is embedded in the course registration process. You can leverage your education and earn a Badge or Certificate in Project Management and these credits apply towards Creighton’s MBA or MS-BIA graduate degrees, but it is highly recommended that students have several years of working experience and prior business-related coursework before taking this course.
This online seven-week course, with a required two half-day required face-to-face on campus workshop, introduces students to the theories, models, skills and techniques used in mediation, a major conflict engagement process. Students are given opportunities to practice various techniques used by mediators during the mediation process through diverse teaching methods including: online discussions, demonstration role plays, active learning exercises, videos and readings. Students also consider the impact of various issues, including trust, forgiveness, culture, gender and power on the mediation process; the role of the mediator, parties, and attorneys in mediation; the connection between mediator ethics and Ignatian values; and challenges which arise during mediation.
The mediation workshop, together with the seven weeks of online instruction, fulfills the Basic Mediator Training requirements and it is approved by the Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR), Nebraska Supreme Court. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a Certificate of Participation in the ODR approved workshop, which also fulfills the prerequisite for taking the Family Mediation Training in Nebraska.
Students will also earn a badge in Mediation from Creighton University.
Navigating the Multigenerational Workplace
For the first time in America’s modern history, there are five generations interacting in the workplace. This diverse environment provides an exciting opportunity to effectively communicate and engage employees’ and clients’ generational strengths!
This interactive session will address the mainstream media myths of generational warfare in the workplace and provide insight about each generation’s strengths, preferences, and communication styles. Special attention will be given to the millennial generation, as much time and attention has been given to this group of employees and the behaviors they bring to the workplace, as well as others’ attitudes about the millennial generation. Attendees will leave with concrete ideas and steps about how to capitalize on generational preferences to create a positive and productive work environment for themselves, their colleagues, and the clients they serve.
Negotiating the Deal
We are continually negotiating, whether it is with our clients, colleagues, suppliers or business partners. In this course based on Principled Bargaining, pioneered by the Harvard Negotiation Project, you will learn the five basic techniques for finding joint gain.
Organizational Culture and Leading Change
In this Creighton Leadership U seminar, participants explore organizational culture and how to lead a change initiative within an organization. This seminar covers understanding of organizational structure and setting the performance context.
Physician Leadership Experience Accelerator Program (LEAP)
The Leadership Experience Accelerator Program (LEAP)™, is an intensive one-year leadership program for physicians to develop and hone their skills as physician leaders. Based on the National Health Sciences Leadership Academy’s 5E approach to development (examine, experience, exposure, education and evaluate), LEAP fosters innovative, critical thinkers to develop their leadership integrity and authenticity. LEAP is a comprehensive year-long program focusing on rapidly expanding your experience in transforming health care while you gain direct practice leading teams to deliver greater health care value. Physicians successfully completing the program will earn six credit hours towards an MBA.
PMI® ACP Agile Certified Practitioner
Gartner predicts that 80% of all software projects will be using Agile in the next couple of years. Your knowledge of both Agile and Traditional practices increase the value you bring to your organization. The certification covers all the Agile methods including Scrum, XP, Lean, Kanban and has more eligibility rigor compared to existing entry-level certifications. Be among the early adopters to acquire this very popular and industry-recognized certification by PMI®. The PMI® Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI®-ACP) Certification exam is open to all Agile practitioner team roles who meet the eligibility requirements. The PMI®-ACP recognizes knowledge of agile principles, practices and tools and techniques across agile methodologies. If you already use agile practices or your organization is adopting agile methods, earning the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI ® -ACP) certification will demonstrate your knowledge of and commitment to this rapidly growing approach to project management.
By earning the PMI-ACP certification, practitioners can:
- Demonstrate to employers their level of professionalism in agile principles, practices, tools and techniques.
- Increase their professional versatility in project management tools and techniques.
- Hold a certification that is more credible than existing offerings based only on exams or training.
With this course, you will walk away with valuable course material, handouts and cheat sheets to support you on your projects.
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