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ERIC Number: EJ810632
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1528-5324
Collaborative Development: A New Culture Affects an Old Organization
Phelps, Jim; Ruzicka, Terry
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v31 n3 p38-45 2008
At the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison, the Registrar's Office and the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) apply a collaborative development process to joint projects. This model differs from a "waterfall" model in that technical and functional staff work closely to develop requirements, prototypes, and the product throughout its life cycle. The goal is to craft a product closely aligned with service needs and design objectives--and with few bugs. In this article, the authors describe their methodology, the collaborative tools, and the organizational structure they used to implement the process. A case study highlights the lessons learned, which they continue to apply as they engage in new initiatives and advocate for the use of this methodology at UW-Madison. The authors hope that leadership at other institutions will recognize the value of applying this new approach to development of their own IT systems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin