Business and IT Management Code:  22.616    :  6
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This subject makes an introduction at two realities at present very interrelated and with those that the professionals in Techniques of Software Development will have to interact: organizations and projects. There is no doubt that is necessary to understand some minima of the internal logic of the organizations (public, private, for profit or not...) at those that the professional TSAD will work his services/products, for such to manage better the relationship between projects and organizations. In fact, at present most of the organizations already use the "project like" method of work to obtain these services/products, wether they have them externalized/subcontracted, or if they are managed internally by the own organization. Besides, the organizations that work so often with projects, end having a structure adapted or oriented to projects. So, we say that they are two realities well interlinked and it makes sense for them to be studied jointly.

Regarding the organizations and their context, we present firstly some of the more relevant features to typify them: mission, vision, aims, sector of activity, organizational structure, etc. And we present and discuss implications for these features regarding the management of the technology in the organizatiosn, taking into account examples of real organizations, And because of its link with the management of projects, change management is introduced. Secondly, we present a facet of growing importance at the management of the organizations: the corporate social responsibility. This is related with the ethic positioning of the organizations and the links of them with their stakeholders or interested groups (workers, shareholders, customers, suppliers, etc). Also, topics of environmental sustainability and gender equality are presented, being facets of this corporate social responsibility. Also, examples of the implementation of this corporate social responsibility are discussed. Besides, the analysis of financial state and investments' decisions at the organizations are introduced, in a context of intensive use of the technology, and because of its importance over decision making related to project management.

Regarding projects, the course wants to set the idea that, in spite of the common intuition, the projects are not just  a technical issue (what is to be implemented, the specific methods to follow for developing the design of a software or for providing a service), but they are also an organizational issue: they imply the use of techniques oriented to assure the support and interest of the projects, at aligning different grups of the organization, at posing at stake several abilities of the participants that it is necessary to align around the process (the specific methods) of the fabrication of a product or service. The corpus of knowledge related to these tasks of design and management of projects is a generic corpus that may be applied in a wide range of fields of activity. That is to say, it serves as much for the building of a bridge as for the making of a scenic show. HI HA DIFERENTS PROPOSTES QUE DESCRIUEN AQUEST CORPUS I DONEN INDICACIONS SOBRE COM GESTIONAR PROJECTES (COM PER EXEMPLE PMBoK, PRINCE2 o PM2) This course follows essentially PM2 (pronounced Project Managment Squared or simply PM Squared) developped by the European Comission, an open and very light general purpose methodology.

Some projects since the very beginning have a clear and concrete scope: they are those that are considered as predictive projects. In such projects, you can say what is wanted enough clearly since the first moment, and consistently is possible to make predictions, so you can schedule how has to go its development. Instead, at many other projects at the context of the software development, possibly most of its objective/scope/results are not still enough defined at the moment to start them, so it is impossible to predict schedule and/or foresee its evolution. These are those are considered adaptative or agile projects. In such projects it's necessary to adapt gradually while establishing its scope. Regarding these projects, there is a varied pool of techniques and mehtods known as Agile.

So, when we finish the course, we will understand the difference between producing service/products and the project management that brings coverage to this function. And returning to the organizations, we will view the requirements that this work for projects poses regarding their functioning.

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This is a basic subject of the Bachelor in Advanced Techniques of Software Development.

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The professional skills and competencies of this subject will be useful to understand broadly the context of the organizations where the software developer conducts his/her job, or the organitzations which use the software developed. Also, basic practical skills are acquired as a member of a team project, as well as a basic understanding of the project manager's role.

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This is a basic and initial subjects, with no requirements of previous knowledge.

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This course is only to be achieved by evaluation of the activities during the course (Continous Evaluation). The set of activities are mandatory to be all delivered by the student. The activities devoted to project management may require the use of some software of project management.

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The subject has as first general aim to provide the student the basic knowledge on the world of the organizations (in broad sense: business companies, public administration, non profit organizations...) and it intends to provide a global frame that explains its internal functioning, but also its interactions with the outside. And as a second general aim has to work the skills of project management, so to be able to act as an active member of a project team and be able to understand what is expected from the leader of a project. It aims to formalise, all in all, the intuitive knowledge that everybody with some professional experience has about what is an organization and what is a project.

In this sense, the competencies of the Bachelor, according to the official report ot the title, that are worked on this course are the following:

  • CT1. Express ideas in writting clearly and correctly, displaying a command of terms and expressions that are specific to the field of software development, for both academic and professional contexts.
  • CE1. Identify the features of different organizations and the role played in them by ICT.
  • CE2. Evaluate software solutions and draw up proposals for development projects, taking into account the resources, the available alternatives and the market conditions.

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The subject is organized into four challenges / content blocks:

- Challenge / Block 1. Organizations and technology. Organizations have relevant features that allow them to be typified: we discover themin order to understand a context where technology is also crucial.

- Challenge / Block 2. Corporate social responsibility, finance and technology. The principles of ethics, environmental sustainability, or gender equality are as importants to organizations and their technology as they are the analysis and understanding of financial states and financing/investment decisions.

- Challenge / Block 3. From intuition to formalization of Project Management. Introduces project management and direction, introducing the concepts of lyfe cycle. methodologies and role of the project manager. And it presents the structure of the PM2. 

- Challenge / Block 4. Adapting to change: being agile. Contrast predictive and adaptative (or agile) approaches by helping to distinguish each scenario, and presenting some of the most common agile tools and techniques.

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The learning resources for each challenge / block, and which you will find available in the corresponding element of the classroom schedule interface, are organized into:

  • Compulsory content. Mainly in textual format but also in some cases in video format, its study is strictly compulsory and will serve to understand the theoretical contents of the subject and to be able to successfully address the deliverables of each challenge / block.
  • Optional / complementary content. Mainly in textual format, int will serve to deepen or expand the focus of the block. Its reading is voulntary in any case,
  • Software. Very basic use of some of the most popular project management tools (such as planners and kanban boards) may be required.
  • Other complementary content that may eventually be provided by the classrom teaching staff.

In this item of the schedule you will also find the Study Guides, which are instruccions that will tell you how to read these resources.

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The assessment process is based on the student's personal work and presupposes authenticity of authorship and originality of the exercises completed.

Lack of authenticity of authorship or originality of assessment tests, copying or plagiarism, the fraudulent attempt to obtain a better academic result, collusion to copy or concealing or abetting copying, use of unauthorized material or devices during assessment, inter alia, are offences that may lead to serious academic or other sanctions.

Firstly, you will fail the course (D/0) if you commit any of these offences when completing activities defined as assessable in the course plan, including the final tests. Offences considered to be misconduct include, among others, the use of unauthorized material or devices during the tests, such as social media or internet search engines, or the copying of text from external sources (internet, class notes, books, articles, other students' essays or tests, etc.) without including the corresponding reference.

And secondly, the UOC's academic regulations state that any misconduct during assessment, in addition to leading to the student failing the course, may also lead to disciplinary procedures and sanctions.

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This subject can only be passed through a continuous assessment. The final mark on the continuous assessment will be the final mark for the subject.The subject's accreditation formula is as follows: CA

 

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