Dr. David Stamm, PhD
College of Business
MGT 5150 Managing Software Development Projects: Formula for Success
FIT Progress Center, 6767 Old Madison Pike, Building 7, Suite 720
Huntsville, AL. 35806
Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
CRN # 26317-1R
Room #111

Instructor: Dr. David Stamm
Meeting Times: Tuesday 5:00pm – 8:00 pm (CT)
Class Location: Progress Center, 6767 Old Madison Pike, Building 7, Suite 720,
Classroom 111
Office Location: Progress Center, 6767 Old Madison Pike, Building 7, Suite 720
Phone: W-(256) 971-9353, Fax: (256) 971-9373 Instructor C: (256) 929-3294
Email: dstamm@fit.edu
IT Helpdesk: 321-674-7284

Required Textbook: “Managing Software Development Projects: Formula for Success”, Author: Neal Whitten., 2th ed., ISBN#047107683X
Supplemental Text: APA 6th ed. Manual
Additional Readings: Selected articles chosen and or assigned by Professor throughout the term. The professor will provide these articles to the students.
References: Supplemental Material Required
Christensen, C., & Raynor, M. (2003). Why hard-nosed executives should care about management theory. Harvard Business Review, 81(9), 66-74.
Hess, M., & Broughton E. (2014). Fostering an ethical organization from the bottom up and the outside in. Harvard Business Review.

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Credit Hours: 3

Course Description/Program Description
Students should understand the following: This is a Directed Study Course. The course will consist of both on line and classroom instruction. This class is focused on Managing Software Development Projects: Formula for Success. What do you need to Know in reference to managing a software development project? How do you adapte a project to technological change; how to develop and implement technology strategies for software development, and to integrate them with the overall business strategies of the firm.
Includes developing strategic vision, planning, organizing, directing and controlling, social responsibility and international management.

The goal of this course is to develop competencies in the following disciplines:
 Communication abilities
 Ethics, ethical understanding and reasoning abilities
 Processes for Software Development
 Multicultural and diversity training
 Reflective thinking skills
 Ethical and legal responsibilities in organizations and society
 Group and individual dynamics or organizations
 Domestic and global environments of organizations
*Bold are Vital Managerial Competencies as well as Planning & Administration, Self-Management, Strategic Action, and Teamwork
Course Learning Objectives:
• Accurately describe key core and software managerial competencies: communication, multicultural, planning and administration, self-management, strategic action, and teamwork.
• Illustrate elements within the following areas of concentration: overview of software development management, processes, quality, requirements, managing projects in turbulent environments, planning and controlling, organizing, and leading.
• Understand and acknowledge key management theories and their applicability within modern business environments.
• Create solutions to software management problems, issues, and concerns.
• Identify key software theories and models examining management structure and behaviors within an organizational setting.
• Analyze an organization for the purposes of making recommendations for initiating organizational improvement to the software development process.
• Understand the challenges involved in making good managerial decisions and be able to apply those theories/processes that can help you improve these skills
• Demonstrate the ability to integrate and communicate knowledge, ideas, and innovations about individuals and organizations
• Demonstrate information literacy (an ability to find, analyze and extend research studies and their data) with respect to the academic Managing Software Development Projects literature
Special Course Requirements:
This course will require students utilizing and comprehension of all (written) assignments adhering to APA, 6th ed. Style and Formatting. Additionally, Students will be expected to write a (comprehensive) research paper, assess relevant case studies, participate in a group project, formal presentations & competency based profile.
Extra Credit: None
The subject matter will be offered as a series of lecture/seminar/workshop sessions. Sessions will vary in their learning and teaching approaches, including student led discussions, lectures, exercises, case studies, guest speakers (when available), and required individual and group team presentations, etc.

Student performance in this class will be assessed in the following areas:
Graded Activities:
Assignment Point Value Percentage Value
1. Individual Paper
{Paper: 200 points} {PPT & Presentation: 100 points} 300 40%
2. Individual Chapter Summary & Presentation
{100 points/ 10 % per chapter} x 3 300 30%
3. Final Paper: TBD
4. Class participation 100 30%

TOTAL 700 

Note: Each student is expected to be an active participant in class and offer meaningful analysis and convincing arguments for the position staked out. Merely coming to class and listening to the discussion is not sufficient; class attendance is not class participation. Students should make a conscientious effort to be sufficiently prepared prior to every class session.

1. Individual: Paper & Presentation 300 points 40%
Individually, students will develop a research paper on a topic related to Managing Software Development theory and thought. The paper must meet two conditions: (1) it must be a research project (i.e., involve analysis) and (2) it must be clearly relevant to Managing Software Development. Also, you will present your findings in a slide presentation (PPT). This assignment is a critical element of the class. My recommendation is to start developing and crafting this final deliverable early, so that by the end of the term you can present a scholarly product.

Part One: Individual Paper Development

Minimum length of 6 – to maximum 10 pages written research paper on a topic related to Managing Software Development theory and thought, but must meet the two conditions: (1) it must be a research project (i.e., involve analysis) and (2) it must be clearly relevant to management theory. This page count does not include the title page, abstract, tables, graphics, and reference pages. The APA (6th Ed.) is the guiding manual for form and style for this project. Each student is expected to find relevant, recent, and credible research. Under no circumstances will references from dictionaries or encyclopedias be accepted as references, including online sources such as Wikipedia.
No more than 20% of your paper should be from direct/indirect quotes. No references can be listed on the reference page that does not first appear in the text of your paper. There should be a minimum of 6 scholarly sources that provide support for the research. Please make all papers typed, double-spaced, and enumerated on the top right corner in the margin with 1" margins on all sides. Please use Times New Roman, 12 point font. In addition, you are required to submit your final paper into Turnitin.com (Plagiarism Checking Website).

Individual Paper Completion Outline: Optional

Due 4th week of class - Paper proposal (topic) must be approved by me (instructor): 1 page

Due 9th week of class - Annotated References that are being utilized for the paper. Minimum of 6 references (These should be journal articles or academic books)

Due 10th week of class - Outline of paper due.

Due 12th week of class - Paper due.

FYI: Some thoughts that may assist while developing your topic….Think about topics that interest you and think about these interests in terms of research questions. The questions might be phrased in terms of how Software Development process influences another aspects of a project, what formative processes are involved in a given project, or what impacts of a project are affected by management. You should limit the scope of your project early in the process; research projects always take longer than expected. Remember to always professionally address each assignment and adhere to APA 6th ed. style and formatting with a mandatory cover sheet and reference page. Attendance is required.

Part Two: Individual Paper Presentation
* Due 13th week of class -The second requirement of your paper project is to craft a slide presentation (i.e., PowerPoint).
This project is a summarization of your final paper and will demonstrate your understanding of the topic covered with the class. This presentation should meet the following criteria:
-10 slides minimum. (Slide 1 is Cover page and last slide is Reference page)
-No more than 6 bullets per slide.
-Keep the automation minimal.
-Key points and findings from the final project.
-No dark backgrounds.
Remember to always professionally address each assignment and adhere to APA 6th ed. style and formatting with a mandatory cover sheet and reference page. Attendance is required for presentation.
2. Individual: Chapter Summary & Presentation 300 points 30%
(100 pts. Each)
Individually students will be assigned chapters from the Whitten book to analysis, summarize, and present to the class. Emphasize will be on the significance and contribution to history and field of software development management. List of chapter assignments will be sent out through FIT email and handed out the first night of class. The chapters assigned will adhere to APA 6th ed. style and formatting with a mandatory cover sheet and reference page. Summary is due at the beginning of assigned class with a minimum of two pages per chapter, additionally, attendance is required. *Refer to calendar for due date.

3. Individual Paper & Presentation 300 points each 30%
Students will develop a hypothetical organization that has taken into account the critical aspects of software development, developed a plan of action to successfully launch or relaunch production of software development and identify issues associated with your course of action.
Grade and grading criteria will follow APA Formatting & Grade breakdown:
 {Paper: 200 points} {Presentation: 50 points} {Peer Review: 50 points}
 The length of the paper should be 10-14 pages, excluding cover page, table of contents, references, and appendix sections. This means the content of the paper is a minimum of 10 pages.
 The project requires a minimum of 6 literature references other than the text. The additional readings should be a mixture of books, professional journals, and/or Internet articles that can be located and substantiated for author and source validity. Note: Wikipedia is NOT a reliable source.
 Use APA (American Psychological Association) Style Manual, 6th edition or later, for business strategic style and form guide. APA style format requires a cover sheet; proper citations; a separate reference sheet; and appendices for charts, tables, and spreadsheets. The following is an on-line source for an APA format review: http://www.psywww.com/resource/apacrib.htm.
 The paper is to be typed, doubled-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman.
 Paper will be submitted to FIT turnitin/plagiarism site. Acknowledgement is placed in the Appendix.
 Your group is to also craft a slide presentation (i.e., PowerPoint).
This project is a summarization of your final group project paper and will demonstrate your understanding of the requirements of the project. Ensure your group answers the five questions and presents a plan of action for your business to become successful. This presentation should meet the following criteria:
-10 slides minimum. (Slide 1 is Cover page and last slide is Reference page)
-No more than 6 bullets per slide.
-Keep the automation minimal.
-Key points and findings from the final project.
-No dark backgrounds.
 Paper will be submitted hard copy in professional portfolio AND an electronic copy sent to stamm@fit.edu due by 12 noon the day of the presentation due date.

Note: All papers must be submitted on time, no exceptions. Given the nature of the project and the firm due dates, no extensions or grades of Incomplete will be given.

Important Notes on ALL Assignments, Assessment & Grading
1.) Late assignments will NOT be accepted and receive a grade of zero (0). You may submit early but not late.
2.) Plagiarism, cheating or any form of dishonesty will result in a course grade of an (F) regardless of any other performance conditions.
3.) The instructor reserves the right to make any changes in the assignments/syllabus. Any change will be communicated in class. Students are responsible for obtaining any information.
4.) No work is to be emailed to the instructor unless specifically requested to do so by the instructor.
5.) All work submitted should be professional as well as presentations should be a representation of yourself as if you were an active board room for XYZ Company.
6.) All work may be asked to submit: Hard Copy and Electronic Copy.
7.) Instructor reserves the right to submit all documents into a plagiarism tool.
8.) Be flexible!
Additional Information/Instructions:
Writing Style & Format: APA 6th ed.

The requirement for this class is all assignments/papers, cases, any and all written work be created in word document and adhere to all applicable, appropriate APA 6th ed. Format includes but not limited to a cover sheet with appraise running headers, page number and reference page! If header is not visible then the submission will NOT be graded.
Following are resources for APA assistance:
1. http://apastyle.org/- Website of the American Psychological Association with very useful information concerning the APA Style Manual.
2. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/- The official APA website at Perdue University. The entire APA Style Manual is available at this site.
3. http://www.uwsp.edu/psych/apa4b.htm
4. http://www.psychwww.com/resource/apacrib.htm- A general resources website for all-things APA
5. http://www.psywww.com/resource/APA%20Research%20Style%20Crib%20Sheet.htm - A self-proclaimed “crib sheet” for users of the APA Style Manual. There is a lot of good information here.
6. http://blog.apastyle.org/- a blog maintained by the American Psychological Association concerning APA related issues

Course Grading Scale:
90 - 100 = A
80 - 89 = B
70 - 79 = C
0 - 69 = F
Use of best practices in writing always enhances your final written document. For example, the following factors will generally contribute to the professionalism of a document:
 No spelling errors.
 Good paragraph structure.
 Good sentence structure – correct grammar.
 Consistent use of appropriate fonts.
 Consistent application of formatting style throughout the document.
 Appropriate use of spacing between sentences, paragraphs, tables, and charts.

Assignments and Expectations:
Each student is expected to submit all assignments in accordance with the assignment instructions and the assignment schedule outlined in this Course Syllabus, or as updated by the instructor. Each student’s assignments must reflect the original work of the student. Students must be able to produce a copy of all work submitted if so requested.

All assignments submitted for grading, except those completed in any other format as may be indicated on the assignment instructions, must be in Microsoft Word format, using 12-point Times New Roman font style, or 10-point Verdana font style, and 1.0 lines-spaced margin format.

Assignment deadlines will be enforced. Extensions will only be granted on medical or compassionate grounds and will not be granted because of work or other commitments. A request for extension must be made in writing via e-mail, and must be approved by the instructor prior to the submission deadline AND submitted at least 24 hours before the assignment due date. Requests for extensions made less than 24 hours of the due date of an assignment may not be granted. Requests outside the above guidelines will not be granted.

Assignment Submission Instructions:
1. Every assignment submitted must use the file naming convention established for this class. The file name of every assignments submitted must be of the format LastNameFirstName_AssignmentName. For example, a written submission for week 4 discussion questions submitted by a student named Jane Smith would have the file name of SmithJane_DiscussionQuestions_Week4. Assignments submitted without using this format may be returned.
2. All assignments must be submitted to the appropriate electronic Drop Box. All documents submitted to the electronic Drop Box must conform to the naming convention outlined above.
3. Hard copy submissions and electronic submissions upon the Instructors request.
4. Late assignments will not be accepted without the instructor’s previously approved permission.

Each student is expected to participate fully in all projects, exercises, discussions, and assignments, for this class. Students are expected to spend time outside formal class lecture and discussion sessions developing their skills and knowledge on the subject matter.

Academic Integrity/Plagiarism:
Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: plagiarism, collaborating with others on individual assignments or projects, viewing or copying another student’s solutions during exams, submitting completed coursework for more than one course (without consent of instructors), deliberate falsification of data, interference with other students' work, and copyright violations (including both document and software copyrights). Please familiarize yourself with the university policy on academic honesty. If at any time you have a question regarding integrity or plagiarism, ask the instructor for clarification.

Dishonest assignments (e.g., where plagiarism has occurred) will be dealt with under the University policy on Academic Misconduct. Access to this policy, including the factors that constitute a dishonest assignment is available at http://www.fit.edu/current/plagiarism.pdf. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the definitions of academic misconduct.

Full and detailed acknowledgement (e.g. notation, and/or bibliography) must be provided if contributions are drawn from literature in preparation of reports and assignments. Student written work must properly cite and reference original work, author(s), etc. Citation and referencing must conform to either APA (American Psychological Association), 6th ed. format both in the body of your paper and the attached reference section.

ADA Accommodations: Please contact FIT Academic Support Center (321) 674-7110 with any specific ALA Accommodations you may require as you work to meet the course requirements.

Communication Medium Outside the Classroom:
The primary method of communication outside of our classroom time will be through the FIT class e-mail. It is the student’s responsibility to stay current with all postings to the class.

Incomplete (I) Grade Policy:
The policy of this instructor is that the grade of Incomplete will not be given. A grade of incomplete may be granted only in unusual and documented circumstances. Under no circumstance will an Incomplete be granted if the student is failing the course at the time the Incomplete is requested. A grade of Incomplete will not be given in instances where students were unable to complete the course work due to personal constraints. To request an “I” (incomplete) Student must have completed and satisfactory work of a minimum of 75% of the work in the course.

Attendance and Absences:
All students are expected to attend all classes promptly and regularly. Quality instruction clearly depends upon active student participation in the classroom. If an absence is anticipated, the student should notify the instructor in advance. Students are encouraged to assist each other with access to class notes for missed classes.

Student Preparation:
A major part of student learning will take place through lecture, class discussions, and in-class hands-on projects/exercises. As a minimum, all students are expected to have read and thought about the information provided in the assigned chapters before coming to class. This is a professional responsibility to yourself and your classmates. Active participation in class discussions is an important element of a collegiate program. Participation includes the quantity and quality of comments and class discussions, lively fellowship, positive contributions to group assignments, ability to respond to questions by classmates and the instructor, ability to work as a member of a group when required, and completion of in-class hands-on projects/exercises. Students are expected to synthesize, analyze and integrate all reading assignments. Consistent attendance and being on time is an essential ingredient of class participation.

Computing, Information Retrieval, Speaking and Writing Expectations
• Computing: Students will be expected to use computer technology in this course. Use of word-processing to compose and edit course papers, PowerPoint or HTML to make class presentations when necessary, and E-mail to communicate with other students and the instructor.
• Information Retrieval: Students are expected to have the ability to locate information quickly and accurately on the Internet, using browsers, search engines, CD-ROM library archives, etc.
• Speaking: Students will be expected throughout this course to express themselves orally in class.
• Writing: Student will be expected to write their project reports using APA (American Psychological Association) 6th ed. formats. All submissions are to be free of all spelling, formatting, and writing and grammar errors. Noncompliance or plagiarism of any type is not tolerated.


**Dates are subject to change due to Professor’s availability. Supplemental Material will be injected randomly throughout the term.
1-8) Introduction, Defining a Software Development Process
1-15) Discipline
1-22) Communicating
1-29) Project Scheduling and Planning
2-5) How to track/manage a project
2-12) Quality
2-19) Managing Priorities
2-26) Requirements
3-5) Spring Break no Class
3-12) Product Objectives
3-19) Product Specification
3-26) Bringing it together (Product)
4-2) Testing
4-9) Vendor Relationship
4-16) Lessons Learned
4-23) Study time final question on Final Paper
4-29 to 5-3) Final Exams Papers Due


Student Handbook: www.fit.edu Policies and Documents & Academic Standards
ACADEMIC CALENDAR Spring 2019 Semester
January 8: Classes Begin
January 11: Last day to register of add a class
January 18: Last day to drop a class with full tuition refund and without receiving a grade of “W”
January 21: HOLIDAY (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) University - CLOSED
March 4-8: Spring Break (NO CLASSES) University - OPEN

March 22: Last day to drop a class with a final grade of “W”

April 10: End-of-Course Instructor Evals available in CANVAS
April 29 – May 3: FINAL EXAMS
May 4: Main Campus Commencement
May 8: Grades available in PAWS