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The Capstone project is no easy task. I suppose it’s easier than Principles of Finance, but then again, so is a root canal. Here’s my advice:
- Read the requirements carefully – they differ for different types of students and you don’t want to inadvertently do the wrong assignment.
- Email the course mentors early and often. I have a thread with 13 back-and-forth emails to them.
- Watch the videos and take notes of any ‘gotchas’ before completing the sections. I watched afterwards and ended up having to do quite a lot of revising because I’d made some hasty assumptions.
- Write down your numbers. You’re going to be making sales predictions, financial forecasts, etc. I suggest keeping those numbers somewhere where you can easily reference them. I didn’t do that, and as a result I was constantly scrolling back and forth trying to make sure my estimates were consistent throughout the assignment.
Here’s how I completed this assignment in 5 days:
Day 1: Wrote the Executive Summary (yes, I know this is supposed to come last, but it’s required for the Portfolio, so I had to write it first)
Day 2: Wrote the Company Summary
Day 3: Wrote the Market Analysis
Day 4: (1) Wrote the Market Strategy, (2) wrote the Implementation Strategy
- Created the Financial Statements
- Wrote the Financial Report
- Reviewed, compiled, and formatted the document
- Did one last read-through to ensure I met the paper’s specifications
- Submitted the paper
As of right now I haven’t gotten my assignment back, so I don’t actually know whether or not I passed. I’m 499th in the queue, so it might be a while. When I get it back, assuming that I passed, I’ll write up a final post about my experience with WGU. It’s been a positive one. I know I have a few regular readers and so I hope that these posts have been helpful.
I’ll do more of the wrap up in my next, and final, WGU post. Also, if I didn’t pass the Capstone for some reason, I’ll add an edit to this post and explain why and how to avoid my mistakes.
I got the Capstone kicked back for revision. I used a lot of “interesting” language to describe how I felt about that (luckily there were no children present). It got it kicked back for three reasons:
- I did not include statistics and references in C2. Industry Analysis
- I did not provide enough detail in G2. Financial Position regarding the reasons for my assumptions and how those assumptions informed the financial projection
- My “References” page was not in APA format
Okay, that last one was my own fault. In my first reference, I’d forgotten to include an element, and then I based every other reference on that first flawed one. That was a stupid mistake, and I deserved it
Oh well, so it goes. I resolved the issues and resubmitted. When I did so I was 620 in the queue.
Got the results back and, with the revisions, I passed.