Category Archives: CS 150 (Southwestern)

Managing When Ignorant

If you manage a technical project you are often working with people who are doing work that you are unable to evaluate until it is finished. Consider managing a restaurant. You can observe the wait staff and taste the food. You will have a pretty good idea whether the people are getting their jobs done or not.  But if you are working with a technical person on a spreadsheet or a website, you often have no idea if they are good at their job. Programming…

Read More »

Managing Technology

The essay I’m citing for discussion this week is about managing a Cheesecake Factory restaurant and managing an orthopedic medical practice. What do they have in common? They both involve groups of people performing complex tasks to a standard approaching perfection. Many technical tasks are similar: groups of people working together using spreadsheets and word processing documents.  Many jobs today have similarly high standards. If you can work in an office with technology, and you get a reputation for not making mistakes, you will do…

Read More »

Discussion Posting Tips

How do we, imperfect people that we are, get a reputation for handing in perfect work? First off, some of us are better at it than others. Some people naturally speak grammatically, never misspell a word, and always double check their math. The rest of us need to ask for help. How to Give and Receive Help Schools often discourage getting help from other students. It looks too much like cheating. In this class, you are supposed to help each other on the discussion boards.…

Read More »

Discussion Topic 1

Initial Post: Write about why you think its important to have some knowledge of computing in your career. Please try to be specific about what skills you think you will need in a future job. If your career goals are uncertain, you can write about a post about how your knowledge of computers, or lack of knowlege, helped or hindered you in a previous job or school settings. Read the other student’s posts and respond to at least three.        

Read More »