What is the focus of the MDD course? The course is designed to critique the lifecycle/methodology perspective and to highlight the necessary tension between orderly and responsive production of high tech systems. It draws a link between the management of systems development with its impact on innovation through technology.
How do the topics, themes, readings and exercises in the MDD course relate to the focus of the course?
Consider these two personas as the audience for this course:
- a business person participating within a development dynamic
- a developer interacting within a management dynamic
|The themes, theories, and exercises.|
The material covers three fields of action or understanding that are ultimately linked by activity and processes.
- Basic Theories
- Methodologies or Frameworks (addressing the outward structure of organisation)
- Practices and Techniques (addressing micro-practices and interpersonal interactions)
Classroom discussions focus on the readings, cases, exercise or other topics. The benefits of discussion are:
- To review the subject matter.
- And more importantly, to familiarise students with the terminology and language of development.
Each of you will have different knowledge and experience gaps. However the most important part of this exercise is you, the novice wishing to learn or the practitioner wishing to reinterpret your professional practice. You bring a questioning attitude (and a load of questions). The lecturer (and other members of the class) will bring their own experiences and knowledge to the setting in an attempt to interpret and address your questions, suggest alternatives, or suggest new sources of knowledge.