Instructor: David Schuff, Section 003

Course Schedule

Note: You are expected to attend every class meeting. Job interviews and work conflicts are NOT acceptable reasons for missing class. 

Week/
Session
Topics/Exercises Reading
Due
1.1
(1/16)
1.2
(1/18)
  • Systems and Enterprise IT (deck)
  • Thinking about “systems”
2.1
(1/23)
  • Systems and Enterprise IT (deck)
  • The role of business processes in systems
2.2
(1/25)
  • Systems and Enterprise IT (deck)
  • Case: Information Technology at Cirque du Soleil (HBS coursepack)
3.1
(1/30)
  • Structure and Role of the IT organization (deck)
  • The right “IT structure” for the organization; cost and profit centers
3.2
(2/1)
FIRST STATUS REPORT TO CLASS – PITCH
Focus: Overview of project charter, business case, project importance
4.1
(2/6)
  • Structure and Role of the IT organization (deck)
  • Applying the four Built-to-Purpose roles
4.2
(2/8)
UPDATE: UNIVERSITY CLOSED; CASE AND POST STILL DUE TODAY!

  • Structure and Role of the IT organization (deck)
  • Wyeth Case; Guest Expert: Bruce Fadem
  • Case: The Globalization of Wyeth (HBS coursepack)
5.1
(2/13)
UPDATE: SECOND STATUS REPORT TO CLASS – TECHNICAL ARCHITECTURE
Focus: Process model, data model, system architecture diagram
EXAM 1
5.2
(2/15)
UPDATE: EXAM 1

SECOND STATUS REPORT TO CLASS – TECHNICAL ARCHITECTURE
Focus: Process model, data model, system architecture diagram

  • T: Status report, process model, data model, system architecture diagram, and deck. (post to Owlbox)
6.1
(2/20)
  • IT Value (deck)
  • Metrics for IT valuation; calculating value: NPV and expected Value
 

6.2
(2/22)
  • IT Value (deck)
  • Scorecards, assessing risk

 

  • Exercise: Valuation of your capstone project
  • Defining revenues and expenses
  • Finding supporting evidence
7.1
(2/27)
  • Disruptive Innovation (deck)
  • Signals of change and systems thinking
7.2
(3/1)
  • Disruptive Innovation (deck)
  • Where disruption theory goes wrong.

 

  • Exercise: Identifying disruptive potential
  • Is your capstone project “disruptive?”
(3/6 & 3/8) SPRING BREAK – NO CLASS MEETING
8.1
(3/13)
  • Exercise: Designing your capstone prototype
  • What should it do?
  • Reflecting the technical architecture. 
  • Sketching it out.
8.2
(3/15)
  • Disruptive Innovation (deck)
  • Applying disruptive innovation
9.1
(3/20)
THIRD STATUS REPORT TO CLASS – BUSINESS CASE AND PROTOTYPE
Focus: Revised overview, charter, business case (spreadsheet), prototype 
9.2
(3/22)
NO CLASS MEETING
ALL TEAMS MUST MEET WITH INSTRUCTOR
10.1
(3/27)
 

10.2
(3/29)
FOURTH STATUS REPORT TO CLASS – TECHNICAL ARCHITECTURE AND PROTOTYPE
Focus: Updated technical architecture, revised prototype, and project site
11.1
(4/3)
NO CLASS MEETING
ALL TEAMS MUST MEET WITH INSTRUCTOREXAM 2
11.2
(4/5)
EXAM 2

NO CLASS MEETING
ALL TEAMS MUST MEET WITH INSTRUCTOR

12.1
(4/10)
NO CLASS MEETING
Work on your project
12.2
(4/12)
FIFTH STATUS REPORT TO CLASS – PROJECT OVERVIEW, BUSINESS CASE, PROTOTYPE
Focus: Revised charter, final draft of prototype, updated project site
13 .1
(4/17)
TEAM PROJECT PRESENTATION DRY RUN
(the ‘dress rehearsal’ in class)
  • T: Business case (spreadsheet), data model, process model, system architecture diagram. (post to Owlbox)
13.2
(4/19)
NO CLASS MEETING
ALL TEAMS MUST MEET WITH INSTRUCTOR
14.1
(4/24)
SHOWCASE: FINAL TEAM PRESENTATIONS
CLASS WILL MEET FROM 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Location: Alter Hall 31
14.2
(4/26)
NO CLASS MEETING
Where and when do we meet?
Alter Hall 603
12:30-1:50 Tuesdays and Thursdays
Office Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 PM
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