Kelsey E. Diachun


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



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The purpose of this project is to analyze and develop a “student” guidebook to manage a senior design or capstone project. The outcome of the project will be a booklet which can be handed to the students chosen as project managers for their capstone project. This booklet will contain a step-by-step guide on leading projects. The guide will include best practices, software tools and how to use them, as well as describing exactly what steps should be taken in order to achieve a successful conclusion to the project. The booklet will also describe some personality traits which are seen in successful project managers both on real world projects and in past student capstone projects. To complete this project, recent graduates will be interviewed, as a means of learning what they felt were the strengths and weaknesses of their capstone projects. These interviews will also investigate what tools the graduates have used for project management and which ones they feel are the easiest to use while having the highest success rate. These analyses will then be used to determine which tool is best for student projects. Throughout the process, research will be done to develop a list of key personality traits shared by project managers in varying disciplines. Research will also be done to collect a listing of techniques that are used in helping to teach students the field of project management and explain which are the most successful and why they work. The final booklets will be available as handouts on the day of the presentation.

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Paul A. Piechota

Primary Advisor's Department

Center for Competitive Change


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Research exercise: How to Lead Your Team to a Successful Capstone Project: A Student's Guide