Golden Gate University is focused on teaching concrete skills to students can be taken immediately to the workplace. Currently, Information Technolgy Management (ITM) students are getting experience through an information architecture project for a non-profit organization. The students, all perusing a graduate-level ITM certificate, are performing a complete website overhaul on a new platform, doing the back-end work that will enable dynamic display of content on desktops, tablets, and various mobile devices.
Students working in a primarily Agile format that is commonplace at tech companies. The team created a Scrum Active Sprint Board, breaking each task into a story. Each is discussed are with all engineers, product owner, and Scrum Master to determine the sequence, scheduling, and velocity of each story in the sprint.
In a rapidly changing tech environment, the information architecture project keeps their tech and project management skills up-to-date. This experience can be particularly important to international students who can pick up experience they can use in their native countries. The five-person team includes four F1 Visa holders.
ITM Innovation Group
Information architecture project emerged from the ITM Innovation Group that seeks avenues for students to get real-world experience. Created by Ross Millerick and project-managed by Richard Rushlow, who assisted in selecting the students based on their skill sets and resumes.
For the information architecture project, Richard is leveraging his past work experience and sharing it with his peers. Richard opened an info tech support company for Biotech firms in 1999. At his most recent job, he built the Cisco VOIP system across 15 offices for the American Red Cross of the Bay Area. Richard is making sure the students work together in a collaborative professional manner, building and developing team cohesion.