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How Project Management Tools Can Help You Start Your Business **Location of course has been moved to the OLLI Conference Room**
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This course, suitable for novice to intermediate-level students, will focus on starting a business. While doing this we will describe the unique tools of project management and how they can be utilized in starting a business. Students will see the similarities and differences between a "project plan" and a "business plan." The course will cover "work breakdown structure" and utilize this tool, applying it to the tasks of starting up a business. Critical path scheduling will be explained and sample schedules will be completed for each student. A "break-even" analysis spreadsheet will be built for sample businesses. The goal will be to give each student the tools and ability to both start a business and manage a unique project.

Instructor Bio:

Donald Jennings worked as a project manager for over 35 years. He was a principal engineer, senior project manager, and director of project management for companies such as Rockwell International, Motorola, MCI, American Satellite Co., Spectrum Planning, Iowave, Phillip Morris, and several software development companies. He formed a consulting company and his clients included the King of Saudi Arabia, President of Egypt, the Space Agency of Pakistan and almost every cellular carrier in the US.

Required Reading:

Bring a notebook that will become your start-up project journal. We will create tools in class and it would be useful to have a laptop with either MS Excel or equivalent spreadsheet software if you would like to follow along.

Recommended Reading:

Brush up on your Excel spreadsheet skills. If you have a business idea, bring it.
For trends: Popcorn, Faith and Marigold, Lys. Clicking: 17 Trends that Drive Your Business, 1998.
For project management: Wysocki, Robert. Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme, 2013.
For business start-up: SCORE online webinars or workshops (www.score.org).

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B300 Donald Jennings Apr 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 We 9:30-11:00 a.m. OLLI Conference Room A

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