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Spring 2013-2014
COS 448 / EGR 448   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Innovating Across Technology, Business, and Marketplaces

Jaswinder P. Singh

Course teaches engineering students about issues tackled by leading Chief Technology Officers: the technical visionaries and/or managers who innovate at the boundaries of technology and business by understanding both deeply, and who are true partners to the CEO, not just implementers of business goals. Focus will be on thinking like a CTO (of a startup and a large company) from technology and business perspectives, and on software and Internet-based businesses. Industry-leading guest speakers provide perspectives too.

Sample reading list:
John McMillan, Reinventing the Bazaar: A Natural History of Markets
P. Graham, How to Start a Startup?
Gautam Shroff, nterprise Cloud Computing: Tech, Architecture, Applications
Frederick P. Brooks, Jr., The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Soft. Engr., 20th Ann
Tom Demarco and Timothy Lister, Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Course will be heavy on reading and on writing directed summaries and critiques of the readings, as well as of the material presented in lectures that is not from assigned readings. Students will be required to work in teams and make presentations on new thinking in assigned areas based on materials read. Optional projects may be provided that may take the place of written work.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Take Home Final Exam - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 25%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
COS 217 or COS 226 or equivalent..

Other information:
SOPHOMORES INTERESTED IN THIS COURSE CONTACT PROF. SINGH TO REQUEST PERMISSION TO ENROLL ( will be several industry-leading guest speakers who speak to different aspects of this area (the last time, they were Meg Whitman, CEO of Ebay and now HP; Tom Siebel, founder and CEO of Siebel Systems; Fred Wilson, of Union Square Ventures, Greg Papadapoulos, CTO of Sun Microsystems and now at New Enterprise Associates, and Naveen Selvadurai, co-founder of FourSquare).


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40051 L01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W   Friend Center   006   Enrolled:67 Limit:75