In MIS 3535 we worked with the college of engineering to manage their senior design project as project managers. Our group was developing a Nitinol-Based Prosthetic Hand. We worked closely with the engineering team to help streamline their project to meet specific requirements. Some of the project management tools we used to do this was a project charter, scope document, work breakdown structure, org chart, budget, stakeholder registry, communication management plan, change management plan, and risk management plan. We went over more useful documents for project management in the course however we felt that they didn’t meet the criteria for this project.
In MIS 3504 we developed a new product and built a prototype in Justinmind with an interactive user interface of how the product would work. We created a virtual check out application for mobile devices to be used at Walmart so the customers can quickly and easily pay for their products or groceries instead of waiting in long lines. We used business analysis skills along with project management knowledge to help create our product. We interacted with subject matter experts to obtain valuable feedback about our product and to meet the needs and criteria of the customer. We created a PowerPoint presentation along with a demonstration of the prototype in class to sell our products idea to the customer.
In BA 3103 we did a critical analysis on the technology giant Nokia to examine its shortcomings due to plummeting device sales in recent years because of contenders like Apple and Samsung. We did a SWOT analysis on Nokia to determine possible solutions to its problems. After reviewing all of the proposed solutions we came up with a recommended solution that would work best. We came up with intermediate and conclusive metrics to track the recommended solution on its success. We had to create a PowerPoint presentation to present in class to describe our reasoning for our recommended solution along with a six page critical analysis report describing the companies background, a problem statement, alternative solutions, recommended solution, and performance metrics.
On February 15th I attended the Fox Spring Connection career fair. With over 80 employers I knew it was a great chance for me to network with businesses and to get my resume out there. Everyone benefited from this event both the employers and students. I noticed one of the employers there, Intertek, a staffing agency whom I worked for previously on contracts for software testing and data entry. I spoke with one of their representatives for quite sometime about my experience with them and what I would be interested in doing in the future. I also spoke with one of the representatives from PGW for quite sometime about what they were looking for. This was a great experience to be able to speak with business professionals to get a sense of what their business does and what they are looking for in job applicants.
I was honored to be able to attend the seventeenth annual IT awards here at Temple. It was great to be able to network with other students and staff both before and after the award ceremony to discuss various courses we have taken and future plans after graduation. The award recipients speeches were very inspiring. It was nice to hear their background and how they got to where they are today. A common theme with the speeches was hard work, dedication, and not to give up on yourself because it will pay off in the end. There was a great sense of comradery at the ceremony and the food was excellent.
As a software tester for National Software Testing Labs (NSTL) I was responsible for conducting testing for major mobile certification programs and most major operators. My duty was to test applications against industry standard test criteria and requirements. I was also responsible for writing error reports, which were sent to developers to fix their applications so they can be resubmitted to NSTL to be retested and meet the certification requirements. The following are the projects I worked on during my time there. QUALCOMM TRUE BREW certification, Java Verified certification, Vodafone certification, Virgin Mobile certification, NSTL appRELAY Pre-Certification, and a “Deck Audit” which I was responsible for creating and maintaining a data base of all of the devices used in testing. This gave me a true sense of what it is like to work in a corporate environment, to be able to multi-task, and meet dead lines. This experience also helped me polish my business writing skills, the ability to work in groups and to be a team player, and to communicate with others.
As I am nearing the home stretch of my time here at Temple University I look back at some of the courses I’ve taken and what I have learned. I have gained both valuable skills and knowledge in both business management and information technology. This curriculum aligns directly with my career interest as a business analyst or a project manager. The courses MIS 3535 and MIS 3504 are both a wealth of knowledge in these fields and gave me hands on experience from both ends as a business analyst (subject matter expert) and as a project manager. Both of these courses took you through the entire cycle of a project from start to finish with every detail in between.