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IT: The Next Generation

I was talking with a neighbor who is going to DePaul University for software engineering.  Things have definitely changed since I was in college.  He was working on a Java PDA app and a traffic light controller application.  That is a long way from encryption programs and inventory reports.

One thing that is a little scary is that he says his focus is on project management.  Now maybe my thinking is outdated, but I don't believe that you can effectively manage developers without knowing how to develop yourself. 

Now the question is does taking a few development classes qualify?  To my way of thinking, no.  There are just so many things that you don't encounter in the class room.  Things like how do meetings affect your ability to deliver code on time and the impact of ever changing requirements don't come up in the academic environment.

So let's change the question.  Should they teach project management in school.  Most definitely.  It is just as important for a developer to understand how a project is managed as how to build the software.  I just don't believe that someone right out of college should go straight into project management.

posted on Friday, August 3, 2007 5:43 AM Print
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# re: IT: The Next Generation
Keith Rull
8/3/2007 2:04 PM
I think young guys now expect themselves to graduate from school to project management.. that doesn't sound right but its still something that alot of universities are trying tell their students that it will happen to them once they leave the university. I think it also depends on companies to love hiring fresh grads that they can get on little cost.

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Tim is a Solutions Architect for PSC Group, LLC. He has been an IT consultant since 1999 specializing in Microsoft technologies. Along with running the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group and speaking on Microsoft and architecture topics he was also contributing author on "The Definitive Guide to the Microsoft Enterprise Library".



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