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Insights on online learning, tips for finding balance, and news and updates from Brandeis GPS

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5 ways to turn a loud home into a quiet study space

As an online student, it can be tricky to find the right place study  particularly if you’re someone who prefers a quiet work-space. If roommates, children, or even a busy street make it challenging for you to find a quiet study environment at home, we’ve got some tips for you!

Five ways to turn a loud home into a quiet study space

  1. Create a permanent study space. Differentiating between spaces in your home that are for relaxing versus doing work is crucial. Make a work station stocked with pens, sticky notes, chargers, snacks or anything else you need to help increase your productivity. Try to consistently use this space for school work and school work alone. This allows to you always associate this space with work and can also minimize distraction. Tip: If possible, try not to make this space in your bedroom. You are more likely to gravitate towards your bed if you can see it calling your name!
  2. Ask everyone to keep the volume down. This one may seem like a no-brainer, but give it a try. Make your children, roommates, or anyone else around aware that you need a bit of quiet time to finish your work before you can join them. With a quieter environment you are more likely to power through your work so everyone can resume their fun. You may a feel a little guilty about imposing a volume restriction, but it’s only temporary and it never hurts to ask, right? Tip: If you live in a noisy area download one of these sound machine apps or crank up the volume on some relaxing tunes.
  3. Eliminate all distractions. Turn your phone on airplane mode, move everything off your desk that isn’t related to your work, and for those who get really easily distracted, check out the Self Control App and block distracting websites on your computer.
  4. Keep track of time. Keep a clock or watch on hand and set a goal for yourself. If you know you want to be done within an hour, you’re more likely to stick to this goal if you hold yourself accountable and stay aware of the time.
  5. Find your hour of productivity. Do you work best if you’ve had some time to eat and relax? Or maybe you’re most productive if you dive right in when you get home from work. Find your most productive time and make it a habit to always conquer your work when you’re feeling most motivated. Tip: If you want to power through but know you’ll be distracted by your growling stomach, prepare a quick healthy snack to hold you over.

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Brandeis University’s Graduate Professional Studies division (GPS) is dedicated to developing innovative programs for working professionals. GPS offers 11 fully online, part-time master’s degrees and one online graduate certificate. With four 10-week session each year, Brandeis GPS provides exceptional programs with a convenient and flexible online approach. Courses are small by design and led by industry experts who deliver individualized support and professional insights. For more information on our programs visit the Brandeis GPS website.

SPOTLIGHT ON JOBS: Hospital for Special Surgery

Members of the Brandeis GPS Community may submit job postings from within their industries to advertise exclusively to our community. This is a great way to further connect and seek out opportunities as they come up. If you are interested in posting an opportunity, please complete the following form found here.

Where:  Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

About: Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) was founded in 1863 and is recognized as a world leader in musculoskeletal medicine. Though located in New York City, HSS treats patients from throughout the New York City Metropolitan Area, New York State, the United States, and over 90 countries who seek its internationally recognized specialized care. HSS has 215 beds and 36 operating rooms and performs more than 29,000 surgeries per year. HSS performs more hip surgeries and more knee replacements than any other hospital in the nation. HSS surgeons who specialize in joint replacement perform, on average, 365 of these operations every year. In addition, it handles more than 400,000 non-surgical outpatient visits annually. It is an affiliate of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and Weill Cornell Medical College. It has one of the most sought-after residency programs and its graduates hold prominent positions in hospitals throughout the country.

Position: Senior Director, Enterprise Budget (SDEB)

Position Details: The Senior Director, Enterprise Budget (SDEB) will report to the Vice President of Budget and Financial Forecasting. He/she will also work closely with other members of Finance management, and senior leadership/management throughout HSS.

The SDEB will be responsible for the hospital’s patient-revenue budgeting process, including the development and oversight of the patient-revenue budget model. Working with key stakeholders throughout the organization, he/she will manage the annual budgeting process and develop the annual budget for all external entities/collaborations (e.g., Fund Inc., Properties Corporation, HSS ASC of Manhattan LLC., Stamford Health/collaboration, HS2). The Senior Director will evaluate the current processes for budgeting and take a lead role in advancing the systems in furtherance of strategic goals.

He/she will have deep knowledge of, and direct the development of, every component of HSS’s budgets, including, but not limited to: income statements for all divisions/entities, balance sheets, strategic initiatives, and volume/patient revenue. The SDEB will manage a Senior Analyst for Enterprise Budget.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop an extensive understanding of the hospital, its strategy and mission, its operations and finances, and its integrated strategic financial plan.
  • Manage the annual budget-development process for all external entities and collaborations to include, but not limited to: Fund Inc., Properties Corporation, HSS ASC of Manhattan LLC., Stamford Health/collaboration, HS2. For these entities, analyze and explain variances throughout the year.
  • Manage the patient-revenue budgeting process; develop and oversee the patient-revenue budgeting model; analyze and explain patient-revenue variances.
  • Work with key stakeholders to develop annual volume budgets, key commercial and government rate assumptions, and monthly spreads on volume and revenue.
  • With the VP of Budget and Financial Forecasting, conduct monthly reviews of the financial performance and update overall financial projections (P/Ls, cash flows, etc.) for the year.
  • Assist with the preparation of monthly reporting packages and dashboards for distribution to senior leadership.
  • Develop and coordinate all supporting budget documents required for Board presentations, annual budget book, management presentations, etc.
  • Advise VP of Budget and Financial Forecasting and Director of Financial Planning on relevant assumptions for the annual five-year forecast.
  • Help evaluate the capabilities of the IBM budget system and other potential software tools; lead the development of a world-class, interactive, and comprehensive budget tool.
  • Manage all projects through a systematic approach that translates work plans into deliverables, with measurable outcomes, on a timely and cost-effective basis.
  • Stay current on developments in hospital/healthcare finance and industry dynamics; provide strategic counsel and new thinking that add value to the institution.
  • Manage and mentor personnel; help build a highly capable and engaged team and foster a team-centered culture wholly consistent with that of the hospital.
  • Establish best practices; improve processes, systems, and methods of work to achieve the highest level of productivity and service to all constituents.
  • Establish strong working relationships with financial leadership and colleagues of interfacing departments, as well as key personnel at HSS entities and collaborations.

Requirements: 

  • A bachelor’s degree in accounting/finance or related major is required. Advanced degrees are desirable, but not required.
  • Solid experience (7-10 years0 in hospital budgeting and finance is required. Experience in a successful, dynamic, and growing organization is highly desirable.
  • Minimum of 5 years of supervisory, team-related experience is required.
  • Proven experience with all aspects of finance and budgeting in hospital environments (e.g., income statements for all divisions/entities, balance sheets, capital budgets, strategic initiatives, and volume/patient revenue, etc.)
  • Expertise in planning and developing budgets and financial plans for a hospital(s), as well as for external entities and collaborations.
  • Experience working with budgeting systems and maximizing functionality through productivity enhancements and better reporting applications.
  • Capable of quickly gaining a strong understanding of the operations and finances of the hospital and its integrated strategic plan.
  • Experience in leading and achieving results in a matrixed environment and working with various internal and external stakeholders.
  • Technology and system savvy. Strong Excel, Word, and PowerPoint skills. Familiarity with IBM Cognos TM1 and Epic is a plus.
  • Strong financial, analytical, and problem-solving skills. Experience resolving issues through innovative problem solving and solution development.
  • “Big-picture” thinker, with ability to carry out high-level analyses and relate findings to strategic goals.
  • Possesses a continuous-improvement mind-set. Tackles challenges and issues with a fresh approach; is creative and thinks “out of the box.”
  • Proven leadership and motivational skills. Demonstrated experience leading and managing employees and teams through well-established performance management skills.
  • Detailed, thorough, well organized and disciplined, with the ability to proactively manage multiple priorities/projects and meet tight deadlines.
  • Good written and oral communication skills; good listening capability; skilled at clearly and concisely communicating with all constituencies; can structure and effectively lead business meetings.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; success at cultivating strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders and creating partnerships at all levels in an
  • Unquestionable personal integrity. Exudes credibility and professionalism. Very likeable. Quickly builds confidence in others. Team player and understands his/her role in relationship to others.
  • A highly committed, results-driven individual, with the necessary drive and stamina to respond to the demands of the institution and work collaboratively to achieve results.

Benefits: The compensation and comprehensive benefit package is competitive.

Appy: To receive full consideration for this position candidates should send a current resume in Word format and a summary of relevant experience/credentials to:

Chiharu (Cara) Arai, Senior Engagement Director: 3D Leadership, LLC – carai@3dleadership.com

Please make sure to reference seeing this position through the Brandeis GPS job spotlight post.

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The best free apps for online students

Students who are earning their master’s degrees while also working full-time have a lot on their plates, and often not a lot of room in their bags. Between laptops, tablets, take-home work assignments or text books, having everything you need to transition from a working professional to an adult learner and back again can be, well…a literal weight on your shoulders. Luckily for us, it’s 2017, and there’s an app for that. Here’s a list of our favorite tools that can studying at work, at home, during your commute, or anywhere in between a little bit easier.

Tiny Scanner Enjoy taking notes on paper, but don’t want to carry your book or notepad along with you? Tiny Scanner allows you to take a picture of any sheet of paper and easily convert it into a PDF to email to yourself. Carry your work with you wherever you go, and don’t lug around more than you have to.

RefME Need some citation help with that research paper? With RefME, you can choose from over 7,500 citation styles, scan the barcode of your book or journal, and RefME automatically fills in the rest. Take some of the stress out of your assignments with this convenient tool.

Google Drive Many of us use the desktop version of Google Drive to store our documents and study materials but can’t easily access these material on our smartphones. Download the Google Drive app and access your files on the go.

Flashcards+ Do you prefer to study with flashcards over your lunch break but keep forgetting to toss them in your briefcase? With Flashcards+, you can create custom-made flashcards and access them on the go. Never worry again about losing a card or two while you’re out and about. These virtual flashcards aren’t going anywhere.

Scribd Create your own custom e-library and download all the books and texts you need.

Graphing Calculator Forget about carrying around your old TI-84. Graphing Calculator handles more complicated data sets than the standard smartphone calculator.

Pandora– Working in a loud space and need some music to put you in your own world? Tip: classical music helps many people focus in a loud space.

1Password– Keep your passwords all in one place with the secure and convenient 1Password app. You’ll save yourself time and effort and you’ll never have to go through the “forgot my password” process again.

Microsoft OneNoteDon’t want to carry around a notepad or notebook? Microsoft OneNote lets you take notes on your smartphone. With this app you can take notes, make to-do lists, and access these documents from anywhere by simply logging into your account.

Did we leave one of your favorite apps off our list? Tweet your suggestions to @BrandeisGPS!

Brandeis University’s Graduate Professional Studies division (GPS) is dedicated to developing innovative programs for working professionals. GPS offers 11 fully online, part-time master’s degrees and one online graduate certificate. With three 10-week terms each year, Brandeis GPS provides exceptional programs with a convenient and flexible online approach. Courses are small by design and led by industry experts who deliver individualized support and professional insights. For more information on our programs visit the Brandeis GPS website.

SPOTLIGHT ON JOBS: WAYFAIR

SPOTLIGHT ON JOBS

Members of the Brandeis GPS Community may submit job postings from within their industries to advertise exclusively to our community. This is a great way to further connect and seek out opportunities as they come up. If you are interested in posting an opportunity, please complete the following form found here.

Where: Wayfair in Boston, MA

Wayfair Inc. offers an extensive selection of home furnishings and décor across all styles and price points. The Wayfair family of brands includes:

  • Wayfair.com, an online destination for all things home
  • Joss & Main, where beautiful furniture and finds meet irresistible savings
  • AllModern, a go-to online source for modern design
  • DwellStudio, a design house for fashion-forward modern furnishings
  • Birch Lane, a collection of classic furnishings and timeless home décor

Position: UX Designer

Position Details: 

Wayfair is looking for a User Experience design professional with a proven record of creating engaging experiences that foster repeat visitation. The ideal candidate is self-directed, analytical, and creative.

Executing interactive design and informing visual design as part of a multi-disciplinary team, the perfect candidate researches UX design trends and lives and breathes e-commerce best practices. At the end of the day, we want natural shoppers with the ability to dive into the customer mindset.

(IA) Information Architect Responsibilities

  • Limited ability to produce detailed IA documents, ensuring all details are distinct and user-friendly. All documents must clearly define the scope of the relevant project. These deliverables include: Site maps, user flows/task flows, user journeys, page flows, taxonomies/folksonomies, paths to purchase, etc

Interaction Designer Responsibilities

  • Produce fully annotated wireframes and functional specifications
  • Make interaction recommendations based on existing Wayfair UX design standards and industry best practices
  • Work closely with front end developers to ensure user-facing experiences meet our interaction design standards
  • Lead cross-functional design reviews for all necessary deliverables

User Researcher Responsibilities

  • Generate design prototypes to utilize during research
  • Competitive analysis: Evaluate competitor and industry websites. Provide a meaningful analysis of the findings
  • Conduct research that address both user behavior and attitudes
  • Conduct research using various qualitative and quantitative methods. This includes first person and remote research.
  • Conduct research using the following techniques: Competitive Analysis, User Interviews, Usability Testing, Mall Intercept

General Responsibilities

  • Produce design deliverables utilizing the Sketch app
  • Determine how HTML, CSS and JavaScript production issues might impact UX decisions and visual design considerations.

Requirements:

  • 2+ years of UX design experience for consumers and consumer brands—a big plus if you have experience in e-commerce
  • Exceptional knowledge of Sketch, PhotoShop the rest of the Adobe Suite
  • Unfailing advocacy for the user. This should be demonstrated in concepts, user flows, wireframes, and features that work across devices to produce a seamless user experience
  • Analytical thinking and a love of focusing on things like flow, scenarios, and usability
  • Demonstrated passion for mobile design
  • Prototyping that brings to life ideas that can be put into seamless user testing
  • The confidence and self-motivation to drive forward projects that have unclear direction or unknown variables
  • An online portfolio that includes e-commerce work, mobile wireframes, or comps, and demonstrates strategic thinking

To receive full consideration for this position, candidates are asked to submit an application on the Wayfair website. 

Please make sure to reference seeing this position through the Brandeis GPS job spotlight post.

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How to be a Productive Online Student

Online master’s degrees at accredited universities have become increasingly popular over recent years. Many programs, like the ones offered at Brandeis GPS, cater to professionals who are working full time and are seeking a degree to move the needle on their career. Truly asynchronous programs – where students aren’t required to log into a class at a certain time – allow students to set their own schedule when it comes to their academic study.  But for some online learners, the lack of structure can be a challenge. Below are some tips to help you achieve the perfect work-life-school balance while pursuing an online degree.

Schedule Your Time
Schedule your school time just like you would schedule an appointment or meeting. Consistency can be key. And don’t forget to get creative with your study time. Have a long train ride as part of your commute? Take care of your weekly readings while you ride. Drive to work? See if your text book has an audio version and listen in the car. Find a regular time to do your coursework, and soon it will become a part of your daily routine.

Find Your Place of Productivity
Ask yourself when you are most productive. Perhaps it’s on that long train ride where you easily focus. Are you most productive on Sunday afternoons while sitting in your local library? Do you enjoy staying in your pajamas and doing work from your kitchen table? There is no right answer as everyone has different zones of productivity. Make sure the space where you want to work is available and distraction-free in advance. You will get everything done a lot faster if you go in knowing this is your time and place for coursework.

Take a Break
If you have an assignment deadline approaching, you may be tempted to come home after a long day of work and open your computer to get your schoolwork done as quickly as you can. Don’t do that – you want to put your best foot forward! Separate your job from your coursework, take some time to relax, go to the gym, or eat a snack. Keep your brain power focused on what you’re doing so you can achieve results that make you proud.

Participate and Stay Engaged
In an online classroom, it is easy to keep quiet and only participate when necessary. Don’t take that approach: you’re here to learn, after all! Schools like GPS intentionally offer small classes to foster engagement and collaboration among your peers and instructors.

Stay tuned for more tips on how to be a productive online student, and don’t forget to reach out to your advisor or instructor for guidance.

Brandeis University’s Graduate Professional Studies division (GPS) is dedicated to developing innovative programs for working professionals. GPS offers 11 fully online, part-time master’s degrees and one online graduate certificate. With three 10-week terms each year, Brandeis GPS provides exceptional programs with a convenient and flexible online approach. Courses are small by design and led by industry experts who deliver individualized support and professional insights. For more information on our programs visit the Brandeis GPS website.

SPOTLIGHT ON JOBS: Zhao Laboratory, Hospital for Special Surgery

SPOTLIGHT ON JOBS

Members of the Brandeis GPS Community may submit job postings from within their industries to advertise exclusively to our community. This is a great way to further connect and seek out opportunities as they come up. If you are interested in posting an opportunity, please complete the following form found here.

Where: Zhao Research Laboratory at the Hospital for Special Surgery and Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY

The Zhao Lab is particularly interested in the key inflammatory cytokine TNF-mediated osteoclastogenesis and bone resorption. By comparing with the physiological osteoclastogenic inducer RANKL, the lab has aimed to distinguish and identify novel regulators, for example IRF-8 and RBP-J, that predominantly control pathological bone resorption, thereby providing specific therapeutic targets for clinic with minimal side effects on physiological bone remodeling. The lab employs a combination of molecular and cellular approaches as well as various mouse models, including the inflammatory arthritis model and osteoporosis model for our research. Besides the coding genes, the lab recently challenged a new field- genome wide study of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs). By using modern genomic approaches including second-generation deep sequencing and bioinformatics analysis they have successfully identified a few promising novel ncRNAs that were unable to reveal by traditional methods. The lab has opened a pioneering research area studying non-coding genes in osteoclast biology and osteolysis.

Position: Bioinformatician

Position Details: 

Seeking a laboratory technician who is interested in and has expertise in epigenetic and genome-wide studies. The lab uses bone marrow macrophages as osteoclast precursors and study the role of TNF and Notch/RBP-J signaling in their differentiation process. Competitive salary and an excellent benefits package (Medical, Dental, Life insurances and housing supplement) are available and will commensurate with experience and accomplishments.

Requirements:

  • Recent master’s in bioinformatics, biostatistics, or a related field
  • A record of peer reviewed publications
  • Have expertise in the analysis of ChIP-seq or RNA-seq , clustering, and pathway enrichment
  • Knowledge of R, Python, or Perl
  • Familiarity with molecular biology is preferred
  • High level of motivation and the ability to think critically

To receive full consideration for this position, candidates are asked to submit a CV, copies of a publication, and three references to to baohongzhao1@gmail.com or vitoneg@hss.edu.

Please make sure to reference seeing this position through the Brandeis GPS job spotlight post.

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The value of communications in professional settings

One of the most valuable skills in any workplace is the ability to communicate effectively and professionally. Although every professional uses differing language relating to his or her field, communication skills allow for one to thrive in a collaborative work environment. In order to succeed, professionals need to be comfortable speaking and presenting in a range of environments, from small meetings, to larger individual or group presentations. While many people are often not comfortable giving speeches or delivering presentations in professional settings, through practice, these skills can be honed and perfected.

Brandeis GPS’s online Professional Communications course arms students with these skills. By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Develop verbal and nonverbal communication styles by applying verbal and nonverbal skills in various speaking situations; videotaping and viewing one’s performance; critiquing one’s style; and receiving diagnostic evaluations.
  • Use techniques, such as cognitive restructuring, to reduce speaker apprehension.
  • Increase effectiveness in informative and persuasive message development using audience analysis, principles of organization, principles of Aristotle’s rhetoric, language devices, and supporting material (examples, narratives, testimony, and facts and statistics).
  • Write with clarity, brevity and vigor.
  • Strengthen self-awareness, assertiveness skills and listening skills to improve interpersonal, small group and public communication.
  • Analyze best practices for running an effective meeting.
  • Critically evaluate messages in terms of various criteria for effectiveness.

This course is available for professional development or as part of several GPS graduate programs. At GPS, you can take up to two online courses without officially enrolling in a program. This is a great opportunity to get to know our programs and approach to online learning. View our full course catalog here, and preview our spring 2017 courses here. Registration for the spring 2017 term opens on December 20.

Questions? Contact our enrollment team at gps@brandeis.edu or 781-736-8787.

Brandeis University’s Graduate Professional Studies division (GPS) is dedicated to developing innovative programs for working professionals. GPS offers 11 fully online, part-time master’s degrees and one online graduate certificate. With three 10-week terms each year, Brandeis GPS provides exceptional programs with a convenient and flexible online approach. Courses are small by design and led by industry experts who deliver individualized support and professional insights. For more information on our programs visit the Brandeis GPS website.

Rethinking writing for digital environments

When you hear the word “writing,” what image jumps into your head? Likely it’s not picking up a pen or opening a notebook, as most writing today takes place on digital platforms. Whether we’re drafting copy for a website, social media, a blog post, or an ad, writing for digital environments introduces a whole new set of factors to consider as we seek to achieve our writing goals. For example, identifying strategic keywords when writing online content can help optimize a piece to successfully reach a target audience.

It’s also critical that we understand why various online platforms require different types of writing, whether it means monitoring character counts or using hashtags or abbreviations. In marketing, these tactics, along with others, are important to consider to make sure that whatever is being marketed is done so in an efficient and effective way.

Writing for Digital Environments is an online course that provides detailed information about how to write copy and messaging for various digital formats. Part of the MS In Digital Marketing and Design graduate program, the course subject matter gives special attention to differences in form factor, audience targeting, and SEO (search engine optimization) implications of various types of content. Content marketing tactics are explored in detail. View more information and course prerequisites here.

Those interested in the course who do not yet wish to pursue a full master’s degree can still participate. At Brandeis GPS, you can take up to two online courses without officially enrolling in a program. This is a great opportunity to get to know our programs and approach to online learning. View our full course catalog here, and preview our spring 2017 courses here.

Questions? Contact our enrollment team at gps@brandeis.edu or 781-736-8787.

Brandeis University’s Graduate Professional Studies division (GPS) is dedicated to developing innovative programs for working professionals. GPS offers 11 fully online, part-time master’s degrees and one online graduate certificate. With three 10-week terms each year, Brandeis GPS provides exceptional programs with a convenient and flexible online approach. Courses are small by design and led by industry experts who deliver individualized support and professional insights. For more information on our programs visit the Brandeis GPS website.

The importance of customer analytics in marketing

Consumers today have so many options regardless of what product or service they’re looking for, and for marketers, it’s really important to use available data to better understand how to meet consumer needs and influence behavior. By understanding what consumers are really looking for, and how they behave when searching out products or services, marketers can work on targeting the right audiences in the ways that will really appeal to them. By tracking behavior and predicting how consumers conduct their searches, marketing firms are able to narrow down exactly how to target the right customer, so that the supplier benefits in finding a customer, and the customer benefits as they are able to find exactly what they are looking for. In analyzing data and identifying consumer trends, marketers are able to build models that will help launch marketing plans that reflect changes and consistencies in consumer behavior, to help plan for future marketing initiatives.

For those interested in this fast-paced industry, Brandeis GPS is offering a course for the spring 2017 term in Marketing and Customer Analytics. The course will provide an introduction to advanced analytics and measurement in the areas of social networking and media, web and marketing analytics. The topics covered include the history, tracking, performance, optimization, metrics, analysis, visualization, decision making, reporting and best practices in each of those three areas. E-commerce will also be covered as it relates to web and marketing.

Those interested in the course who do not yet wish to pursue a full master’s degree can still participate. At Brandeis GPS, you can take up to two online courses without officially enrolling in a program. This is a great opportunity to get to know our programs and approach to online learning. View our full course catalog here, and preview our spring 2017 courses here.

Questions? Contact our enrollment team at gps@brandeis.edu or 781-736-8787.

Brandeis University’s Graduate Professional Studies division (GPS) is dedicated to developing innovative programs for working professionals. GPS offers 11 fully online, part-time master’s degrees and one online graduate certificate. With three 10-week terms each year, Brandeis GPS provides exceptional programs with a convenient and flexible online approach. Courses are small by design and led by industry experts who deliver individualized support and professional insights. For more information on our programs visit the Brandeis GPS website.

Making the case for agile project management

Many of today’s organizations seek to build productive work environments where teamwork is encouraged and tasks are completed in a timely yet flexible manner. As the traditional office setting becomes increasingly obsolete, new technologies have allowed colleagues to work together from different time zones and different locations across the world. While companies and clients don’t always have the opportunity to have face-to-face interaction during the development process, Agile Project Management allows for constant communication and integration of changes in a collaborative manner. The goal is to ensure that all stakeholders remain satisfied as they work together toward project completion with input from all parties, and without delaying the development process. Agile Project Management empowers project stakeholders to collaborate and execute a plan while quickly responding to changes in the industry.

To help project managers adapt to and embrace this dynamic approach, Brandeis GPS offers an online Agile Project Management course that covers characteristics and delivery frameworks. The course also explores how agile methods differ from traditional project management, along with how to recognize projects that may be suitable for agile techniques. Topics covered include Scrum values, roles and deliverables; additional agile and iterative methods; scalability and enterprise-wide considerations.

Those interested in the course who do not yet wish to pursue a full master’s degree can still participate. At Brandeis GPS, you can take up to two online courses without officially enrolling in a program. This is a great opportunity to get to know our programs and approach to online learning. View our full course catalog here, and preview our spring 2017 courses here.

Questions? Contact our enrollment team at gps@brandeis.edu or 781-736-8787.

Brandeis University’s Graduate Professional Studies division (GPS) is dedicated to developing innovative programs for working professionals. GPS offers 11 fully online, part-time master’s degrees and one online graduate certificate. With three 10-week terms each year, Brandeis GPS provides exceptional programs with a convenient and flexible online approach. Courses are small by design and led by industry experts who deliver individualized support and professional insights. For more information on our programs visit the Brandeis GPS website.

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