This is a required course in the Innovation and Product Development Specialized Studies.
This class teaches practical skills in aligning projects with organizational strategies, and achieve project and outcome objectives by utilizing project management techniques. Students will learn skills to work within resource limitations, identify and leverage stakeholders, plan and deliver upon deadlines (even when schedule fluctuations occur) and manage user and stakeholder expectations within the realm of product development. Topics also include measuring and prioritizing opportunities, maximizing resource efficiency, developing product extension strategies, building a project portfolio, and securing buy-in from upper management. The goals for product development project management include speed to the market, developing minimal viable products (MVP) and the ability to quickly modify and change features during development.