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2012.12.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Grad Students Collaborate with Lincoln Business for IT Project

Omaha - Those that travel as part of their jobs know how much of a headache it can be to manually record your work hours. Luckily, graduate students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) are working to solving that problem.

As part of a capstone course for their Master’s of Science in Management Information Systems (MIS) degree at UNO, 19 students created a time-tracking system for Nebraska Air Quality Specialties (NAQS), based out of Lincoln. NAQS provides consulting related to federal environmental regulations to companies across the country.

Students in the class came from countries as varied as United States, China, Saudi Arabia and Malawi, and are employed by a range of Omaha companies, such as West Corporation, Gallup, Union Pacific, NorthStar Financial and First Data. The course was led by Deepak Khazanchi, associate dean of the College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T), and Shonna Kadavy, an adjunct instructor and MIS alumna.

The NAQS Time Tracking system will be unveiled at a presentation event on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. in the atrium of the University of Nebraska’s Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) on the UNO Pacific Street campus. The event is invite only, but members of the media are welcome.

In order to create the new tracking software, the students utilized the Agile software development method in which the students collaborated with the client to release the software in frequent iterations called “sprints.”

A Scrum framework was used to manage the project. This framework allows an open feedback loop so decisions made about the project are more pragmatic and fluid. As a result, the UNO student group was able to create an Internet-based, time-tracking system that includes many features that will allow NAQS to easily track billable and non-billable time, as well as effectively managing projects.

Additionally, the students were able to implement a wide range of skills learned in their workplaces and previous MIS coursework in a project that has allowed them to gain real-world experience with information system development.

For questions, contact Charley Reed, UNO University Relations, at cdreed@unomaha.edu or 402.554.2129.

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