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Empowering Career Growth: With Simplilearn’s Program Management Certification

Lisa Lucchesi

Lisa Lucchesi

23+ years

Senior Manager - Test Engineering

Senior Manager - Test Engineering

Nike USA

Senior Manager - Test Engineering

Senior Manager - Test Engineering

Nike USA

Introduction

I am Lisa Lucchesi, currently serving as a Senior Manager in Test Engineering at Nike, where I lead a team dedicated to material and mechanical testing for new manufacturing capabilities. My journey at Nike spans over 8 years, during which I’ve eagerly embraced opportunities for growth and development. Before joining Nike, I spent 15 years in the medical device industry as a product developer, navigating products from conception to commercialization, a journey that honed my skills and shaped my approach to innovation.

Motivation for Upskilling

My decision to enroll in the University of Massachusetts Amherst Post Graduate Program in Program Management, facilitated by Simplilearn, stemmed from a desire to enhance my skills both for my current role and for future career prospects. The comprehensive curriculum, coupled with the esteemed association with UMass, convinced me that this program was the right fit for my professional aspirations.

Embarking on this journey, I was met with a structured and enriching learning experience. The four-month certificate program delved into various facets of program management, including PMP, Agile Scrum Master, Microsoft Project 2019, implementing a PMO, and a project management capstone course. Each course was meticulously designed, offering a blend of live-online sessions, on-demand resources, project-based learning, and interactive labs.

Post Graduate Program In Project Management
Capstone projects from 3 domains, 4 Harvard case studies, 17 hands-on projects and 15+ simulation exams

Experience with Simplilearn

Throughout the program, I found myself equipped with invaluable insights and practical knowledge. The Post Graduate Program In Project Management course provided a comprehensive understanding of both waterfall and agile methodologies, enabling me to successfully pass my PMI-PMP exam on the first attempt. Similarly, the Agile Scrum Master course facilitated my certification exam preparation and provided a solid foundation in agile principles.

The implementation of a PMO course proved particularly beneficial, offering insights into the setup and function of a Project Management Office, which I could immediately apply in my current role at Nike. Finally, the Project Capstone course brought together all facets of program management, providing me with the opportunity to apply my newfound knowledge using Jira software.

Undoubtedly, completing this certification was a rigorous endeavor, requiring dedication and focus. While the instructors delivered the material effectively, overcoming language barriers presented a challenge at times. Nonetheless, the perseverance paid off, as I emerged from the program with enhanced project management skills and newfound confidence in my ability to lead teams effectively.

Impact

In terms of impact, this program has been transformative for my career trajectory. Armed with enhanced skills and certifications, I am better positioned to drive projects forward and contribute meaningfully to organizational objectives. I wholeheartedly recommend this program to aspiring program managers seeking a comprehensive and immersive learning experience.