A dozen Moravian College computer science majors previewed their future career during a shadowing experience at SunGard K-12 Education in April 2015.
The program, which is now in its second year, was orchestrated by David Amidon, SunGard K-12 project manager, and Nathan Sommer, visiting professor of computer science at Moravian College. It is designed to offer the computer science students an insider’s look at a real-world software development process. More than two dozen SunGard K-12 employees supported the effort.
According to Amidon, each student participated in a half-day visit to the SunGard K-12 Bethlehem office. “They attended a Scrum meeting, shadowed a development technical resource for an hour, and shadowed a support technical resource for an hour,” he explained. “In between the two shadowing opportunities, they learned about our approach to Quality Assurance as an organic facet of the development process.”
To provide them context for their shadowing experiences, the SunGard K-12 Education Team traveled to the college to demonstrate the SunGard K-12 software products for the students. The students also attended an orientation session presented by Amidon.
The students were also offered the opportunity to participate in mock interviews with our most experienced managers. In addition, they were provided a recording of a sprint review, which is a meeting at which development efforts are shared with internal staff and external customers and course corrections are identified. After all students had completed a site visit, a reception and networking event was held at the Bethlehem office.
Amidon is expecting that the program will continue. “We made some adjustments to the program this year that were well-received by the students,” he says. “As with any process, it should improve with every iteration. We look forward to working with Moravian College next year.”
Read Moravian College's report on the experience at THIS LINK.