Large-scale student projects: Five lifeboat commandments

Charles W N Thompson*

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Abstract

This course, begun in 1970, and presented every year up to the present, is distinguished initially by three criteria: class size of 20 to 70, or so, open to all students; focus on a single project; and choice of project and organization and management of the project by students, not the instructor. While the main structure has remained relatively stable, there have been constant "twitches" over the years, and this paper discusses a "twitch" that was introduced this year to add another form of encouragement and guidance After a brief reference to previous descriptions of this course, a summary of some of the ways this course differs in form and purpose from a variety of other project courses, the paper describes each of the five commandments presented in terms of a lifeboat metaphor and how they may apply to students (and in the workplace). Copyright, American Society for Engineering Management, 2012.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnual International Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management 2012, ASEM 2012 - Agile Management
Subtitle of host publicationEmbracing Change and Uncertainty in Engineering Management
Pages220-223
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Event33rd Annual International Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management 2012, ASEM 2012 - Agile Management: Embracing Change and Uncertainty in Engineering Management - Virginia Beach, VA, United States
Duration: Oct 17 2012Oct 20 2012

Publication series

NameAnnual International Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management 2012, ASEM 2012 - Agile Management: Embracing Change and Uncertainty in Engineering Management

Other

Other33rd Annual International Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management 2012, ASEM 2012 - Agile Management: Embracing Change and Uncertainty in Engineering Management
CountryUnited States
CityVirginia Beach, VA
Period10/17/1210/20/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management

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