Undergraduate Capstone Open Source Projects

One Thumb Up, One Thumb Down

Posted by Greg Wilson on 2009/11/24

We’re coming up on the end of term, so it’s time to start thinking about what went right and what went wrong. I’ve asked the students and mentors to post their ideas here, but to lead off:

Thumbs up: our broad geographic range. I was really pleased to have schools from three oceans (four if you count the Great Lakes) take part.

Thumbs down: most projects weren’t ready to roll on day one. Next term, each project should try to have a bag full of small, specific tasks for students to tackle during the first few weeks so that no time is lost.

7 Responses to “One Thumb Up, One Thumb Down”

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  2. Fernando Garces said

    Thumbs up: The code sprint, I really liked being able to meet my team in person and not only through irc.

    Thumbs down: Some clarification is needed of what is going to be covered as an expense and what is not before the code sprint.

  3. simonlg said

    Thumbs up : The workload is reasonable. I really liked being able to work with quality in mind instead of quantity.

    Thumbs down : I’m not a fan of writing assignments but I acknowledge their necessity.

  4. marymootoo said

    Thumbs up: Being able to get help easily from teammates, team lead, IRC, and mentor.

    Thumbs down: Better clarification as to what each project entails and what their goals are.

  5. Melagaud said

    Thumbs up : Review board. Liked to have feedback from experienced people.

    Thumbs down : Would have liked being warned, with emphasis, about the fact that Web development experience is strongly recommended in order to be effective.

  6. lindausonhazell said

    Thumbs up: Great team lead. Blake was always available to assist whenever we needed him.

    Thumbs down: Framework setup is still a very big obstacle. I’m thinking framework setup requirements need to be identified first, so we can start tackling the inevitable setup issues earlier.

  7. pmp001 said

    Thumbs up: The team managed to work together well.

    Thumbs down: My TA work consisted mainly of admin duties rather than really contributing to the project, due to unforeseen circumstances. This probably had a detrimental effect on the project for everyone.

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