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  • 1. The Experimental Training Course SE MSF .NET
  • 2. Authors of the Presentation
    • Nikita I Boyko ,
    • Alexey G Dubinsky ,, Associate Professor, PhD, Dnipropetrovsk National University
    • Irina V Mozgovaya ,, Associate Professor, PhD, Dnipropetrovsk National University
    • Vladimir L Pavlov ,, Intel
    • Alexandr D Firsov , phirsof, Associate Professor, PhD, Dnipropetrovsk National University
  • 3. Agenda
    • Introduction
    • Course Content
    • How We Developed The Course
    • Conclusions
  • 4. History of the SE MSF .NET Course
    • July 2003 – N. Boyko ( and V. Pavlov ( [email_address] ) came up with the idea to create the course
    • Project team was formed
    • The course was given a name SE MSF .NET
    • August 2003 – open rehearsal of lectures began
    • September 2003 – pilot lecturing began
    • February 2004 – student teams started to work on course projects
    • June 2004 – exam
  • 5. Real World Practical Demands
    • Many representatives of Ukrainian and Russian software development companies consider that IT graduates must:
      • possess knowledge of contemporary software development processes; understand how software is developed and created
      • be familiar with modern concepts of software testing, configuration management, requirement management, etc.
      • posses skills and knowledge of software development techniques, UML, CASE-tools
      • know technical English
  • 6. ACM
    • Association for Computing Machinery
    • Founded in 1947
    • More than 75 , 000 members
    • More than 100 conferences conducted annually
    • More than 25 periodicals
    • International collegiate programming contests
  • 7. IEEE - CS
    • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Computer Society
    • More than 100 , 000 members
    • More than 140 conferences conducted annually
    • More than 20 periodicals
  • 8. Computing Curricula 2001
    • The first attempt to create computing curricula recommendation for Computer Science was undertaken by ACM in 1968, the second version was published in 1978.
    • IEEE-CS – the same steps were undertaken in 1977 and 1983
    • At the end of 19 80 ’s ACM and IEEE-CS teamed up and released a Computing Curricula in 1991
    • 2001 – the last version was released
    • In 2002 , Saint Petersburg State University (Russia) published the translation of СС2001- CS in Russian
  • 9. C С2001 Structure
    • СС 2001 consists of 5 volumes:
      • Computer Science
      • Software Engineering
      • Computer Engineering
      • Information Systems
      • Overview
  • 10. The Diversity of the Computing Field SE MSF .NET Computer Science Software Engineering Computer Engineering Information Systems CS SE IS CE
  • 11. Software Engineering in СС2001 :CS
    • Core disciplines:
        • SE1. Software design
        • SE2. Using APIs
        • SE3. Software tools and environments
        • SE4. Software processes
        • SE5. Software requirements and specifications
        • SE6. Software validation
        • SE7. Software evolution
        • SE8. Software project management
    • Elective disciplines:
        • SE9. Component-based computing
        • SE10. Formal methods
        • SE11. Software reliability
        • SE12. Specialized systems development
  • 12. Characteristics of CS Graduates
    • Section 11.1 of the СС2001-CS lists the five major characteristics that a CS-graduate must possess
    • One of the five characteristics is “ significant project experience ” :
          • To ensure that graduates can successfully apply the knowledge they have gained, all students in computer science programs must be involved in at least one substantial software project. Such a project demonstrates the practical application of principles learned in different courses and forces students to integrate material learned at different stages of the curriculum .
  • 13. The Objectives of Our Software Engineering Course
    • Introduce students to the core disciplines from the Software Engineering section of CC2001:CS
    • Train students in Software Engineering methods using Microsoft Solution Framework as an example
    • Provide the experience of working on software projects in a team environment
    • Teach basic knowledge of the Microsoft .NET Framework
  • 14. The extract from the list of skills that a Ukrainian university graduate must posses. Specialty “ 7.080403 – Software Development for Automatic Control Systems” Document Flow Management for Software Development Projects ПП.61 Object-Oriented Approach to Software Development ПП.50 Financial Planning and Analysis of Software Projects ПП.52 Project Management ПП.77 Software Development Life Cycle ПП.11 Module Name Module abbreviation
  • 15. Some Related Courses
    • Course that is based on Ian Sommerville‘s classical book :
      • http :// / computing / resources / IanS /SE6/ Slides / index.html
      • A number of universities ( for example Saint Petersburg State University, Russia ) build their courses using these materials
    • Microsoft training courses
      • 1846 “Microsoft Solutions Framework Essentials”
        • http :// / traincert / syllabi /1846AFinal.asp
      • 2710 “Analyzing Requirements and Defining Microsoft .NET Solution Architectures”
        • http :// / traincert / syllabi /2710bfinal.asp
  • 16. Agenda
    • Introduction
    • Course Content
    • How We Developed The Course
    • Conclusions
  • 17. The CC2001:CS standard Course SE MSF.NET Knowledge of Software Engineering Project experience Software Engineering MSF Teamwork in a software project . NET
  • 18. Microsoft Solutions Framework
    • There is a number of software project management methodologies (RUP, MSF, CDM, XP etc. )
    • We have chosen Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF)
      • flexibility and scalability
      • totally free
      • the whitepapers have been translated into Russian
      • rus/msf
      • two of the project participants are Microsoft Endorsed MSF Practitioners
  • 19. What is MSF?
    • The MSF is a collection of Microsoft's proven practices on managing successful IT projects
    • Microsoft barely markets MSF, and they do not sell it. Instead, Microsoft focuses on making money *USING* MSF
    • Microsoft initially made MSF available in 1994. The latest version of MSF is 3.0; it was released in 2002. Like Windows, or any other products, MSF evolves and matures as long as new versions are released
    • All MSF-related materials are open for public access . Besides this , anyone can download the set of templates of all the documents used in MSF projects for free
  • 20. MSF Process Model Project Plans Approved Scope Complete Release Readiness Approved Deployment complete Vision/Scope Approved User Acceptance Testing Complete Release Candidates Technology Validation Functional Specification Baselined Master Plan Baselined Master Schedule Baselined Development and Test Environment Set Up Deployment Stable Interim Milestone Site Deployments Complete Interim Milestone Core Components Deployed Core Team Organized Vision/Scope Drafted Proof of Concept Complete Internal Build 1 Complete Internal Build 2 Complete Internal Build n Complete Pilot Complete Pre-Production Test Complete Zero Bug Bounce Bug Convergence
  • 21. MSF Team Model Project management Solution architecture Process assurance Administrative services Technology consulting Implementation architecture and design Application development Infrastructure development Test planning Test engineering Test reporting Infrastructure Support Operations Logistics Commercial release management Accessibility Internationalization User advocacy Training/support material Usability research and testing User interface design Business value Marketing Customer advocacy Product planning Development Test Release Management User Experience Product Management Program Management
  • 22. MSF Project Management Discipline “ Bridge ” between MSF and PMBOK Quality Management Procurement Management Risk Management Communications Management Human Resource Management Cost Management Time Management Scope Management Integration Management at overall project level at sub-team level Release Management User Experience Test Development Product Management Program Management Team Leads
  • 23. MSF Risk Management Discipline Risk Statement Risk Knowledge Base, 1 2 3 4 5 6 Master Risk List Top Risks Analyze and Prioritize Plan and Scedule Track and Reprt Control Learn Identify
  • 24. MSF Readiness Management Discipline Define Knowledge Skills Abilities Change Assess Evaluate
  • 25. Why . NET?
    • For implementing software solutions, students need an appropriate development framework
    • A typical situation is modeled: an IT specialist needs to become familiar with new technology in bounded terms
    • . NET is a new technology promoted by Microsoft
      • Advantages:
        • actively promoted by Microsoft
        • will be highly used in the nearest future
    • Students learn only those elements of .NET Framework which are required for working on practical tasks
  • 26. Pilot Deployment of the Course
    • Department of Applied Mathematics of Dnipropetrovsk National University
    • Chairs :
      • Software Development
      • Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Cybernetics (CM&MC)
    • Course “System Analysis and Design of Informational Systems”
  • 27. First Attendees of the Course
    • 4 th year students of the Department of Applied Mathematics, Dnipropertrovsk National University
    • Specialties :
      • Software Development for Automatic Control Systems
      • Intellectual Decision Making Systems
  • 28. Classes are Lectured by the Department of Applied Mathematics Faculty
    • Lab work
    • Chair of CM&MC
        • A. Firsov
      • Chair of
      • Software
      • Development
        • O. Beloborod’ko
    • Lectures
      • Chair of CM&MC
        • N. Boyko
        • K. Runduyev
      • Chair of
      • Software Development
        • I. Mozgovaya
  • 29. The Course is Planned for Two Semesters
    • 1 st semester :
      • 9 lectures
      • 9 lab classes
    • 2 nd semester :
      • 17 lectures
      • 17 lab classes
  • 30. 26 Lectures
    • Software Engineering – 12
    • MSF -based Project Management – 8
    • .NET Technologies – 3
    • Additional Topics – 3
  • 31. 26 Classes in the Department’s Laboratory
    • 9 classes – lab work on .NET using web-based technologies (HTML, SOAP)
    • 17 classes – team work on projects
  • 32. Material Distribution among Semesters
    • Fall (the first) semester of 2003/2004
      • Familiarizing with .NET
      • Specific topics of SE and MSF
      • 3 lab tasks
    • Spring (the second) semester of 2003/2004
      • Profound topics of SE
      • Detailed study of MSF
      • Course project
  • 33. Lectures that the Students Attend During the First Semester
    • Course introduction
    • Microsoft .NET Framework review
    • UML language review
    • Project Management in IT.
    • The review of Web-service based architecture. XML and SOAP
    • MSF Team Model
    • Risk management in IT-projects
    • The Envisioning phase of the MSF Process Model
    • The Planning phase of the MSF Process Model
  • 34.
    • Course Review
    • Conceptual, Logical and Physical Design in the MSF Process Model
    • Design Patterns
    • UML Meta Model
    • The Development Phase in the MSF Process Model
    • The Stabilizing Phase in the MSF Process Model
    • Software Testing
    • The Deployment Phase in the MSF Process Model
    Lectures that the Students Attend During the Second Semester
  • 35. Lectures That the Students Attend During the Second Semester (2)
    • Management in IT-operations. Overview of ITIL and MOF
    • Integrated Development Environments (IDEs)
    • Managing Security Requirements. Security in .NET
    • Creating Windows Applications in .NET
    • Employment in IT. Professional Ethics
    • Rational Unified Process
    • Agile Processes, eXtreme Programming
    • Overview of Component Software Development (CORBA, COM, RMI, Advanced Aspects of .NET Programming)
  • 36. Feedback From Students
    • The course is interesting, useful and unusual
    • Students like that the course contains plenty of information about contemporary achievements and tendencies in the IT-industry
    • Students of the course often feel as if they have read “the table of contents”, but not the book itself
  • 37.
    • The scope of the course is very broad and does not allow them to learn many areas deeply, even though details are important in programming
    • Students appreciate that they do not need to write the lectures down – leaving more time for absorbing information
    • Some students, however, do need to write the lecture down – sometimes people remember information better while writing
    Feedback From Students (2)
  • 38. Lab Tasks of the 1 st Semester
    • Three compulsory lab tasks
      • Create a small ( static ) web-site using XML
      • Expand the site with database interaction
      • Create web-services
  • 39. Lab Tasks of the 2 nd Semester
    • Complete a course project
      • Work in a team of 5-8 students
    • The team performs its work in compliance with MSF methodology
    • The team reports the status to the supervisor on a regular basis
    • At the end of the 2 nd semester student teams compete in a contest
  • 40. Student Projects
    • Requirements
      • The project must not be for profit
      • The result of the project must be useful for the university
      • .NET technologies must be used
    • Potential customers
      • Dean ’s office
      • University department
      • Lyceum of Information technology
  • 41. Student Documentation
    • A Vision Scope document
  • 42. Master Risk List
  • 43. A Use-case Diagram
  • 44. Every Student Receives:
    • Presentation handouts for each lecture
    • Additional materials for every lecture ( hardcopies of referenced articles, printouts of diagrams, etc. )
    • CD that contains materials on software engineering
    • CD that contains necessary . NET-related materials (including free software)
  • 45. CD 1 “Informational Resources on Software Engineering”
    • Materials on Software Engineering, including
        • SWEBOK Standard
        • Ion Sommervillel’s presentations to his course “Software Engineering”
    • Materials on UML, including
        • UML and SPEM standards
    • Materials on MSF, including
        • MSF whitepapers in Russian and English languages
        • Document templates for MSF-based projects
        • A video presentation of the MSF overview lecture
    • Materials on CMM, including
        • SW-CMM and CMMI official CMU SEI documentation
    • Other resources
        • Materials on RUP, Agile, etc.
  • 46. CD 2 “ Resources on Microsoft .NET”
    • Installation packages:
      • MSDE 2000 SP3
      • Microsoft .NET Framework SDK 1.1
      • Microsoft Web Matrix (the latest available version)
      • SharpDeveloper (the latest available version)
    • Additional materials:
      • Off-line copies of useful web-resources
      • Current C# language ISO standard
      • Current HTML and XML W3C standards
      • Current CLI ISO standard
  • 47. Students’ Knowledge Control
    • Regular control (quizzes during lectures)
    • Midterm control (midterm examination and quizzes)
    • Laboratory tasks (1st term)
    • Course project (2nd term)
    • The course peaks with the exam. Three questions:
      • Software Engineering
      • MSF
      • Microsoft .NET Framework and ASP.NET
  • 48. Possible Alternatives for the Examination
    • A student, who successfully passes an approved certification exam before April 15th, is exempt from the course exam
      • IBM 486 “Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with UML”
      • MS 74-100 “Microsoft Endorsed MSF Practitioner Exam”
      • . . .
  • 49. Knowledge Transfer
    • While working on the course one of the team members (a university lecturer) passed his exams and became a Microsoft Endorsed MSF Practitioner, another team member (a student) became a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) for .NET
  • 50. Encouraging the Students
    • A Prize CD, which contains a video of recognized professional lectures, is given to students who finish their laboratory tasks first
    • Department competition among student projects
      • Winners will receive a prize - a set of IT books
  • 51. Agenda
    • Introduction
    • Course content
    • How We Developed The Course
    • Conclusions
  • 52.
    • Has been created by the following 12 people: O. Biloborod’ko, N. Boyko, A. Dubinsky, S.Zemlyana, E.Kolesnikova, D.Malenko, I.Mozgova, V.Pavlov, O.Pylypenko, K.Runduev, O.Fedorenko, A.Firsov under the leadership of vice president of the Managers Union of Dnipropetrovsk, CTO of eLine Software V.Pavlov
            • Sponsored by The Managers Union of Dnipropetrovsk
    • Please send your comments on this course to: [email_address]
    The Training Course SE MSF.NET СОЮЗ МЕНЕДЖЕРОВ
  • 53. Managers Union Support
    • Student kits
      • Presentation handouts for every lecture
      • Students CDs
    • Computers are upgraded in a Department's lab
    • Purchasing books for the Department's library
  • 54. What is a “ Project ”?
    • A project is a temporary venture, with a finite beginning and end, whose goal is to create a unique product or service
    • Project management is an independent discipline that has been rapidly developing throughout the last decades
      • Constraints : budget , schedule , quality
    • Project Management methods
  • 55. Course Development as a Project
    • The development of the course is considered to be a project
    • It is reasonable to use project management methodologies in our case
        • We have chosen MSF ( see slide 16 )
      • Are there any specifics ?
        • Similarity to software projects
      • Adaptation is necessary
        • MSF has been reworked
  • 56. MSF Adaptation for the Educational Project
    • Modified Team Model
    • Completely different Process Model
    • Project and Risk Management disciplines have undergone minor changes
  • 57. Role Cluster Customer Stakeholder External Stakeholder Project Sponsor User Maintenance Release Management Development Testing Program Management Product Management User Experience Project Team 6 Traditional MSF Team Model
  • 58. Role Cluster Stakeholder External Stakeholder Sponsor Teacher Student Potential Employer Business care Teacher care Coordination Student care Project Team 7 University Institutionalization Adapted Team Model Development Testing
  • 59. Role Clusters
    • Coordination
      • coordinating the teamwork and managing schedule and budget constraints
    • Institutionalization
      • correspondence to educational standards and coordination with other courses
    • Teacher-care
      • assurance that training materials are complete enough for teaching the course
  • 60.
    • Student-care
      • the course is designed to be interesting and understandable for students as well as useful for their future careers
    • Business-care
      • students are to acquire the necessary skills and qualities to attract potential employers
    • Development
      • creating training materials, quizzes and laboratory tasks
    • Testing
      • verification that the quality of the course corresponds to predetermined norms and requirements
  • 61. Project Outputs
    • Project vision/scope
    • Course curriculum
    • Project structure definition
    • Presentations for all lectures and laboratory work, additional materials
      • Template
      • Recommendation
    • Trainer's CD contains current versions of these materials
      • A new version of the CD is released every two weeks on a regular basis
  • 62. Testing
    • Careful testing of the outputs is one the most important constituents of the project work
    • The team performs continual testing of the course materials in open lectures
      • the lecture rehearsal is conducted by the author and the tester of the course team
      • open lectures occur once a week on weekends
      • IT-specialists and university lecturers from Dnipropetrovsk and other Ukrainian cities are invited to the lecture rehearsals
  • 63. Lecture Lifecycle
    • An author creates an initial version
    • A tester submits remarks on how to improve the lecture, and then the author revises it
    • At a general project group meeting, the lecture is discussed and the author revises it again
    • Open rehearsal is conducted
    • After an open lecture rehearsal, the author revises it taking feedback into account
    • A proofreader corrects the presentation
    • External peer-review is conducted
    • The lecture is corrected accounting for the notes from external reviewers
    • Perhaps we are to involve a graphical designer?
  • 64. External Review
    • Another quality assurance procedure is the reviewing of created materials
    • The course curriculum has been successfully reviewed by professionals from a number of top-rated American, Russian and Ukrainian universities
    • Currently the lectures of the first term are being reviewed
  • 65. Risks
    • Project risk is an uncertain event or condition that, if occurs, has a positive or negative effect on project objectives (PMBOK)
    • Being unmanaged, risks can become problems
    • Risk analysis is performed according to the MSF Risk Management Discipline
      • A number of obstacles, that could have hampered the success of the project, have been identified
      • Measures have been planned and taken to minimize or abolish major risks
  • 66. Some Results of Risk Analysis
    • OBSTACLE: There is no projector for showing Power Point presentations at the department auditoriums
    • SOLUTION: Before each lecture students get individual kits with printed handouts
    • OBSTACLE: The time in a computer auditorium is limited; some students do not have Internet access
    • SOLUTION: Each student gets two CDs with free software and additional course materials including the copies of useful web-sites
    • OBSTACLE: The university library does not have enough books and manuals for the course
    • SOLUTION: Necessary books have been bought for the department’s library
    • OBSTACLE: computers in the laboratory of the Applied Mathematics department do not have enough memory for using Microsoft .NET Framework
    • SOLUTION: Additional memory has been installed
  • 67. Agenda
    • Introduction
    • Course content
    • How We Developed The Course
    • Conclusions
  • 68. Research Project
    • While working on the course, an idea was born to conduct research on formalizing MSF using SPEM
    • Its result has been reported at the Moscow State University conference which took place on March 4 th , Moscow, Russia
  • 69. The Evolution of the Course
    • This course is supposed to be a basis for a set of the following courses:
      • “ Software Engineering”
      • “ IT-Project Management using Microsoft Solution Framework”
      • “ IT-operations Management”
      • “ Object Oriented Analysis and Design Using UML Language”
      • “ Object Oriented Programming in C# Language”
  • 70. The Discussion of the Course
    • The Guild of Certified Professionals, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine , November 17th, 2003
    • International conference "United Information Space", Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, December 3 rd -4 th , 2003
    • Microsoft Workshop "Contemporary Technologies and their Training Approach". Nizhniy Novgorod, NNGU, February 14 th , 2004, Moscow, Russia, February 16 th , 2004
    • Workshop “Teaching IT in Ukrainian Universities", Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, March 30 th , 2004
    • Report on “Microsoft Research Academic Days” - St. Petersburg, Russia, April 22 nd , 2004
  • 71. Conclusion
    • The course of Software Engineering is being developed at Dnipropetrovsk National University (DNU, Ukraine); the course covers all core SE disciplines from the IEEE / ACM Computing Curricula 2001: Computer Science volume
    • The participants of this project organized their efforts by adapting contemporary project management approaches
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  • 73. Questions ? ? ? ?
  • 74. The picture of the space ship “ Ocean-O ” is used in the background. Such satellites are manufactured at the Ukrainian factory UMZ, located in Dnipropetrovsk