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COMP 361 – Reflection about Assignment 1

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By Youssef Girgeis August 10, 2020 - 6:06pm

There is no doubt that I learned a lot from this assignment and I am also sure I made a lot of mistake in the assignments. I can’t wait to get feedback on this assignment so I can learn from my mistakes. I find this assignment to be extremely challenging as opposed to other COMP courses assignments for several reasons.


The book that is provided to use to read from is kind of distracting. While I was reading the book, I felt I was jumping from one chapter to another in a random way. For example, we started by reading chapter 1, then jumped to chapter 9 and while I was reading chapter9, it referred to topics in chapter 2 and 3 that I wasn’t aware of. Also, the book lack of concrete examples that can help you understand complex topics. I wish there were more detailed examples in the book.


I didn’t know how to start the assignment. It took me several days to be able to start and I read the project description multiple times so I can understand the problem and get familiar with the project. And in this kind of assignments where there are no right or wrong answers, you always doubt yourself. There were also questions that sounded similar and I was very confused to answer them. For example, what is the difference between business need and business benefits? Also, the risks and feasibility part was very challenging especially part 4 “assessing schedule feasibility”.


I did find part B of this assignment fairly easy. The book explained and provided different examples for different techniques to identify the use cases. I completely understood the event decomposition technique and I was to identify most of the events and the associated use cases, so reading the book is sufficient to complete this part of the assignment.


Understanding the problem is crucial prior to starting the assignment. I didn’t know how to start the assignment when I quickly read the pilot project description. I recommend you read it multiple times before starting the assignment. I also recommend finding an additional resource to learn from. Relying on more than recourse can make your life easier as you will be exposed to different examples in details.


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