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MIS 374 kicks off 17 client projects!

Do you remember your MIS 374 client project; perhaps with Eleanor Jordan, Linda Bailey, or Sharon Dunn?  In case you don’t recall, MIS 374 (Business Systems Development) is the follow up to 333K which pairs student groups with clients who need of some kind of systems work.  It teaches the System Development Lifecycle, project management principles, and the importance of effective communication with a real world client.

We’re happy to report that MIS 374 is still running full speed ahead now being taught by Clint Tuttle (alumni) and Bruce White.  This semester, with the recent increase in MIS majors, we had 17 unique client projects signup and get assigned to groups which is the highest number we had in many years.  Projects range from Goodwill Inc. to local small businesses and even some local startups. 

While some things remain constant with the class like the infamous “Scope Creep”, we continue to evolve the course to include new and excited design methods.  The class increasingly embraces an “agile mentality” and has recently begun implementing some design techniques from the IBM Design Handbook, which includes a more user-centric form of design.   Students learn how to use picture-based context diagrams, quick prototyping methods, and how to generate user stories.  We also now have implemented an informal kickoff the Monday after client bids are submit to gather with all the students and clients, enjoy some pizza, and talk about best practices to ensure projects can succeed and add value. 

We’d love to hear from you if you remember your MIS 374 project!  Also if you have used what you learned from this course in your career please let us know!  Feel free to email Clint Tuttle at clint.tuttle@mccombs.utexas.edu.  We love to hear from our alumni!  

MIS Kick-Off