Enhance your software skills and capabilities from a software innovation perspective. Do you have a career in the software industry? Are you a founder of a technical startup or even a business executive willing to know what kind of qualified job applicants do you need to recruit? Or are you a software developer who want to unveil your skills in order to build innovative software products with added value? Join us for this 8-week course to find out.
The world is becoming increasingly digital and software is everywhere. Every company is affected by software so having the knowledge to excel in this industry is essential. This course will introduce the skills necessary to create software, but at the same time it is crucial to understand that succeeding in a digital world requires much more than to be just a good software developer. We will explain how people from different professions can work together in order to create innovative software. We will also present the most important activities for generating effective software products and services to meet tomorrow’s demands.
PART I: Software Architects Talents
Go to the Renaissance to discover the Da Vinci talents and come back to the future to unveil the talents required for building a digital world.
Week 1: The Da Vinci Code Understand the Da Vinci talents. We will show that software architects are adventurers, where imagination, optimism, courage, determinism, flexibility, the ability to predict, foresight, perseverance, continuous learning, and a desire to excel are essential ingredients.
Week 2: The Digital World Code This week, we will travel to the future to decode the talents for working in high-creative teams and the best digital organizations in the world. We want that you understand the key elements to manage engagement, cooperation, innovation and success in a smart world lead by software.
PART 2: Envisioning Needs and Wishes
The art of understanding different prospects to classify and prioritize needs and wishes.
Week 3: Identifying needs A holistic view of the mission and vision of a system to fulfill all essential needs and to think ahead.
Week 4: Do not reinvent the Wheel, no need! In this week, software will be presented as an intangible asset that can be designed to be shared and reused.
PART 3: Designing & Testing
Drawing sketches and polishing their design. Looking for perfection
Week 5: Portray a Creator in the Age of Software We will learn the process of Software Designing, with the creator as main role in the process, focusing on quality values.
Week 6: Looking for perfection In this week, we show how the testing process is around the whole software architect work.
PART 4: Human Computer Interaction & Thinking Out of the Box
Get to know the main concepts and principles of human computer interaction, creativity and participatory methods that a modern software engineer should be familiar with.
Week 7: From software-centric to human-centric In this week we will shift the focus from the software itself to the person who uses it and thus we will introduce the main concepts about human computer interaction that a software architect should be familiar with.
Week 8: Creativity and participatory design We will introduce the need to combine creativity and participatory methods with software engineering practices to be able to think out of the box and imagine new applications.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
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How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.