Melbourne Students learn about Agile Methodologies in Software Development

 Jun 21, 2019

The ICT50115 Diploma of Information Technology prepares students to start their career in web or app development. This term, the students focused on the Agile Methodology, which happens to be an approach that is utilised in software development. In class, we combine theory with practice to give our students the tools to hit the ground running in any software development team that uses agile methods in their software development process.

Agile is now one of the most popular approaches to software development. According to PWC, “traditional project management methodologies, especially in today’s fast-paced digital world, are no longer as effective in being responsive to a customer’s changing needs. To succeed in an environment with shifting demands, a business needs to be adaptive and receptive to change.” Students who gain the skills necessary to work following the Agile methodology will be in demand by organisations who have adopted this approach to software development.

The unit “Originate and Develop Concepts” is one of the units that focuses on the Agile Methodology. During the classes, the students participate in a great variety of brainstorming practices, methods of structuring, conducting meetings and presentation techniques.

We asked Keith Ching, who is one of our trainers for International Students, to provide us with some helpful insights on how he teaches this in his class.

“Putting the theory into practice, students assigned a SCRUM-Master to lead their team, and under the leadership of the SCRUM-Master, they worked together to develop ideas to create a mobile app for International Students. Their main objective in this assignment was to come up with suitable ideas of mobile apps that will help international students to have a positive experience during their time in Australia and to support them within their studies.”

As part of the Agile methodology, students use post-it notes to share thoughts which provides them with a method to fair voting relating to ideas that will eventually lead to the design and development of the app.

“In class, a wide variety of ideas were generated with each student listing their ideas for an app that will assist overseas students improve their Australian experience. Afterwards, the entire team put all the post-it notes on the walls, all with original ideas, and the team voted based on their preferences.

The process resulted in several innovative ideas, presented by each group. A number of original concepts involved an app regarding Australian Law for international students concerning taxation matters, road rules and parking rules.”

We love to see how our International Students get creative and learn at an incredible pace. This class is one of the many examples of how New Horizons students gain experience on how corporate teams operate, how teamwork is highly critical in software development and what is involved within the IT industry.

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About the Author:

Keith Ching  

At New Horizons Keith delivers Microsoft Office, Sharepoint and Adobe/ Graphic Design training to corporate Australians. Because of his proven ability to build rapport with Clients, Keith has been engaged on training projects that have required expertise outside of the traditional instructing role.Keith also enjoys sharing his knowledge with others, in particular in educating students who contribute to our local ICT industry and economy. In doing so Keith has delivered high quality training to over 4000 students at an average of 92%.In a competitive industry which constantly changes, Keith has a unique skill set which is up-to-date with the latest technology combined with being able to communicate this technical knowledge in a way that students relate to in an engaging, clear and concise manner.His passion in IT and Art and Design has resulted in several recognised qualifications which are a reflection of his creditability by peers and industry.

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