Pretty easy, overall.
It's a great prep course for a future in business management and consulting. It will teach you lean principles, management best practices and case studies, and will give you hands on experience working with real organizations to apply these lessons and become consultants for them. The intersection of work, people, and technology is an ongoing pillar of business management, and this course will give you the basic understanding and practical experience to learn both.
I learned about lean principles in business management and an in-depth pro vs. con of industry leading trends and capabilities. I also made friends whom I stay connected with both professionally and personally to advance my career and life. I got experience working with an on campus organizations to make recommendations that improve their customers' experiences leveraging new software capabilities that can be integrated into their existing service models. I learned a lot from discussing with Professor Placencia about anomalies to certain leading trends and why lean is not always best for every organization. The knowledge of lean principles, in addition to the drilling down of different variables that affect organizational performance was my favorite takeaway from the course.
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Advice for students:
Great interpersonal skills are a must with Placencia. His respect for you will increase significantly. It is also an essential skill to have as a member of a team project, and for presentation purposes, both of which are required as a part of this course. Otherwise, if you show up and pay attention, you will learn most of what you need. Do the reading if you care to do well.