08 September 2015

CST300 Week 2

Review and Reflect Learning Strategy
I am very good at scheduling, rescheduling and making sure I study in a conducive environment. On the other hand I am very rusty on Thinking Skills, which I need to practice. I had never heard of the SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review) method but am very interested and willing to try this out. I have never used the highlighting method either (denounced in other reading assignments this week), but my wife swore by this in Nursing School.

Preview Time Management Skills
Activity Log for 08-Sep-2015 (My work involves a constant changing of activities (immediate response is required). So I focused on non-work time.)

Project Management Basics
Project Life Cycle = Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Control Process, & Closing.Why manage? 1/4 projects make it to market, 31% IT projects cancelled, & only 42% of original features make it into end product."Work Breakdown Structure is deliverable oriented heirarchical decomposition of the work to be executed by the team to accomplish the project objectives and create the required deliverables." Long way of saying dividing up the work into manageable chunks to be performed by the people most qualified to do each part.Gantt charts are very handy way to break down project components across multiple teams. Expected time = (O + 4M + P) / 6 where O is optimistic estimate, M is normal estimate and P is pessimistic estimate.

Check Out Previous Capstones
#3 - Language Screener - iOS app to work with autistic children (I imagine it could work with any age though) and allow them to learn and improve communication. For their demo they showed a video of it in use rather than actually using it, this would imply there are known problems they wanted to avoid during their demo.
#2 - Ceres - open source small business management software. Bad recording but good sounding product. While the demo was pre-recorded it used a lot of screenshots and they seemed to really understand the product well. I see a large market potential for this product and like the choice of making it Open Source.
#1 - Steebly - Cloud, browser based IDE w/compiler in multiple programming languages. Very similar to CodeAcademy with potentially lower bandwidth overhead. They also take it to the next level by allowing collaboration with an instructor or tutor. Very ambitious and seems stable based on their short demo despite the apparent Herculean task.

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