As I reflect on my first semester of pursuing a Master's of Software Management at Carnegie Mellon University, I can't help but feel a sense of accomplishment and growth.
One of the highlights of this semester was working on a group project in the Software Engineering Management class to develop a ML based application called "THE RED" to solve early detection of heart failure. It was challenging, but ultimately rewarding to see our hard work come to fruition in the form of a functional and impactful application.
In our Foundations of Software Management class, we learned about models and frameworks to assess real software companies from a variety of perspectives - marketing, strategy, finance, operations - to understand how businesses organize and make decisions. This provided valuable insight into the inner workings of software companies and how to make informed business decisions. In our Product Definition and Validation class, we learned about design thinking and the importance of understanding user and customer needs in order to envision creative solutions. We worked on a product called "Optihawk" to solve marketing challenges for early stage entrepreneurs. This was a great opportunity to apply what we learned in a practical setting and see the results firsthand. In the Innovation & Entrepreneurship course, we had the opportunity to hear from entrepreneurs and venture capitalists who visited the campus to share their expertise and experience with us. It was fascinating to learn from their firsthand accounts and gain valuable insight into the world of entrepreneurship. In the Strategies for Software Industry Career class, we discovered the wide variety of careers available in today's software industry through guest speakers from companies such as Apple, Juniper Networks, and Microsoft. They provided a view into their typical workday and gave us a better understanding of the various jobs available within these companies. We even had many opportunities to participate in business and entrepreneurial summits in the Bay Area. One of the highlights was volunteering and attending Techcrunch Disrupt 2022 in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was an amazing experience to be a part of such a prestigious event and learn from the top players in the tech industry. In addition to all of these incredible opportunities, we were also fortunate to have amazing speakers come to our campus, such as Alvy Ray Smith, the founder of Pixar. He shared his experiences and insights with fellow students, and it was truly inspiring to hear from such a successful and influential individual. Working on group projects and attending business and entrepreneurial summits in the Bay Area gave me the chance to apply my knowledge and skills in a practical setting and see the results firsthand. It was also an amazing opportunity to network with others in the field and learn from their experiences. In addition to these hands-on experiences, we also had the chance to hear from a number of amazing speakers who shared their insights and expertise with us. Listening to the stories and advice of successful entrepreneurs and industry leaders was truly inspiring and gave me a better understanding of what it takes to succeed in the software industry.
Overall, this semester has taught me so much about myself and what I am capable of. It has challenged me to push myself out of my comfort zone and take on new challenges, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this program and for the growth and learning I've experienced so far.