In the Greenville Front End Engineering class we are in the second of three weeks of focus on final projects. During this time, students are working hard to take a concept and turn it into a working application that they will present to a crowd of professionals on Demo Day.
The scope of the projects is quite large considering the amount of time involved. The students must define their product’s features, prioritize their backlog, and then execute like crazy.
With that in mind, we have been pushing for morning updates at 10am, similar to a daily standup in an agile team environment. Reporting on their progress and bringing up issues in front of the class really makes the Demo Day feel like a team effort, and helps our instructor Jake feel confident about the progress of each project. By doing so, we can work to avoid surprises and make sure everyone has an amazing time showing off their hard work.
Our CTO Mason dropped in on a class meeting earlier this week to discuss how important communication is to web development, and how overcommunicating in their new jobs after the program can be a key to success.