Management Skills for Software Engineers

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The Management Skills for Software Engineers (MSSE) has been tailored to the needs of professionals who are interested in interdisciplinary approaches and seek a good foundation for their career advancement. Through the combination of business and management acumen with technical expertise, the msse program is designed to play a key role in preparing the next generation of leaders in the engineering sector in Bulgaria.

At the heart of complex, multi-dimensional organizations, software engineering involves more than just the development of modern information systems. Consequently, software engineers need to move beyond the boundaries of their job-specific expertise and enhance their professional profiles by acquiring managerial and interpersonal competences. Software engineers who aim to be future business leaders should not only possess such multiple skills, but also should be able to translate theoretical knowledge into business practices, engender interdisciplinary dialogues and communicate successfully in an international and intercultural environment.

Participants’ profile – the software leaders

The MSSE participants want to become leaders who are capable of working in diverse teams to address the various business and management issues that arise in the software industry. Whether they want to:
• innovate in the enterprise,
• be a product manager,
• become an entrepreneur,
• manage a software development organization, or
• be a better software project manager or development lead,
our MSSE participants need to move beyond technology-only thinking, and gain the knowledge and confidence to apply the diverse business and management skills.

The MSSE program is created in close consultation with business, industry and the professions and in response to a challenging and rapidly developing environment. Besides subject knowledge, future professional success in software engineering depends on competences in project management, quality assurance, change management and strategic information management as well as interpersonal and intercultural competences. Therefore, MSSE is taking a cross-disciplinary approach that will enable you to interact appropriately and responsibly in a complex multi-dimensional environment.

The applied Harvard Business Publishing business simulations challenge the MSSE participants to analyze available information and make critical decisions to solve various operations cases and challenges. They are playing a role, not just reading and analyzing. They make decisions and see the results of their decisions in the response of other players and the outcome of the simulation. Through a comprehensive debrief sessions they will analyze and discuss the achieved results – assumptions, pros and cons of the applied decisions, and most importantly – the real business life implications.


What you will learn
  • Understand how team skill level, team morale, deadlines, and work quality are interrelated and affected by a project manager’s decisions.
  • Practice the importance of appropriately timed changes in allocating resources.
  • Illustrations and practical insights how to boost team performance through mutual accountability and motivate large, diverse groups to tackle complex projects.
  • Understand the challenges of assessing emerging market opportunities and balancing the dual requirements for simultaneously investing in core business and innovation.
  • Experience the difficulties to gauge timing and level of R&D.
  • Manage, design, test and model Agile software projects.
  • Defines what technology strategy is and how it is different from competitive strategy.
  • World-class content – each module equips the participants with Harvard Business School Core Curriculum Readings covering the fundamental concepts, theories, and frameworks enhanced with videos and interactive illustrations;
  • Experiential learning based on Harvard Business Publishing online simulation software – offering the opportunity to exercise various models, outcomes and scenarios;
  • Interactive and engaging side-by-side learning with hands-on facilitators and experienced professionals as guest speakers;
  • Strong links to the software development business reality and applicability in Bulgaria – practical discussions and Q&A sessions with experienced practitioners;
  • An integrated, holistic approach – understanding how software development decisions influence company operations and performance, and vice versa.
Module: Quality Assurance and Process Improvement

In this module participants observe an operating process and consider the data that needs to be collected so that they are able to answer key process improvement questions. The participants explore concepts in process analysis via a series of problems sets that are paired with simulation models, allowing participants to increase their intuition and understanding of the logic behind the business process improvement.
The module explains the dimensions of quality, focusing on the distinctions between performance quality and conformance quality. Next it explores the issues connected with the cost of quality by exploring the question: How should organizations think about the cost and value of different levels of conformance quality? It concludes with the topic of problem-solving in an operations setting.

This module is based on the Harvard Business Publishing’s online simulations “Process Analytics” and “Quality Analytics” as well as the Harvard Business School Core Curriculum Readings “Process Analysis” and “Managing Quality”.

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Module: Organizational Behavior and Team Management

This module is based on series of highly interactive and practical online business simulation, case study discussions and role-play exercises. The underlying approach behind the module is to illustrate and practice the managerial and interpersonal competences in a complex multi-dimensional environment.

Throughout the online simulation, participants will use a series of desktop applications to receive communications from their colleagues about a problem at hand. They will receive a barrage of information through various channels – email, video and voice messages, etc. – requesting that they determine the root cause of the issue and make recommendations on how they can get ahead of this problem.

This module is based on the Harvard Business Publishing’s online simulation “Organizational Behavior Simulation: Judgment In A Crisis” and the Harvard Business School case study “Opening The Valve: From Hardware To Software”.

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Module: Project Management

In this, simulation-based, module participants take on the role of a senior project manager and manage a team tasked with developing a new product for an electronics manufacturing company. The primary objectives are to execute a project plan successfully and deliver a competitive product on time and on budget.
Various scenarios will expose participants to realistic challenges that project managers often face, especially when working in a highly competitive industry.

This module is based on the Harvard Business Publishing’s online simulation “Project Management Simulation: Scope, Resources, Schedule” and the Harvard Business School Reading “Project Management Manual”.

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Module: Innovation and New Product Development

This module, based on a highly interactive online simulation, allows participants to play the role of a business unit manager at a battery company facing the classic Innovator’s Dilemma. Participants have to manage r&d investment tradeoffs between the unit’s existing battery technology versus investing in a new, potentially disruptive battery technology. Over the course of eight simulated years, participants must address a number of challenges including the timing and level of investment across both mature and new businesses, choices regarding market opportunities and inherent product performance characteristics, requirements to meet constraining financial objectives and constant trade-offs between investment options, all in the context of uncertain market information.

This module is based on the Harvard Business Publishing’s online simulation “Strategic Innovation Simulation: Black Bay Battery” and the innovation classic book – “The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms To Fail” – both authored by Clayton M. Christensen.

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Module: Agile Software Development

Organizations today are seeking ways to improve the efficiency of their software development efforts while still meeting quality objectives. Competitive pressures and customer demands continue to reduce software product release schedules, driving organizations to seek fresh new approaches to building software. Agile software development methods are often cited as a way to accelerate software delivery and get more done with less. This module will present and practice how to avoid the common mistakes of agile adopters and address some of the common misuses.

This module is based on the Harvard Business Publishing’s case studies: “Team Wikispeed: Developing Hardware the Software Way” and “cmm versus Agile: Methodology Wars in Software Development”.

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Module: Technology Strategy & Execution

This module examines how firms can use new technology to compete successfully. It starts by distinguishing how technology strategy is different from conventional competitive strategy. It is then described how technology leaders can develop strategies to manage technology risks, identify market needs, commercialize new technologies, and compete successfully in a market.
The various factors that determine whether it is better for a firm to lead or follow when introducing a new technology to a market are identified. Such factors include whether a new technology affects only current offerings in an existing industry, or whether it creates an entirely new offering for a new industry. The module then considers how a business can position itself to exploit the next new technology.

This module is based on the Harvard Business Publishing’s online simulation “Strategy Simulation: The Balanced Scorecard” and the Harvard Business School Core Curriculum Strategy Reading “Technology Strategy”.

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Огняна Мирчева
Ognyana Mircheva

Senior Facilitator at The Business Institute. Experienced practitioner in people and team management, organizational behavior and personal efficiency. Previously: Sales Training Manager at AIG Life and at KD
Life; Regional Manager Sales and Training at DSK Garantsia; Sales Unit Manager at AIG Life. Ognyana has a Master in Organisational Psychology. Experienced trainer and consultant in people and team management for more than 14 years.

Tsvetoslava Kyoseva

Associated Facilitator in The Business Institute. А professional with deep knowledge and experience in innovation management, new product development and business process analysis with more than 11 years practical experience.
Currently Tsvetoslava is a Vice President at Methodia, a software development company, responsible for the
business analyses, project and process management.

mila kusheva
Mila Kusheva

With more than 12 years’ experience in telecommunications being part of marketing team of Telenor. Her core role is concentrated in end-to-end product design, customer journey development and go-to-market delivery both
for consumer and corporate customers. After conducting Master degree in International Relations
in UNWE Bulgaria Mila started her professional development as media planner in Zenith Optimedia agency.

Haralambi Haralambiev

Innovation Director in Musala Soft with an extensive experience in team leadership. Starting his career as a software engineer, Hari quickly develops into managing teams in delivering commercial and r&d software development projects for international clients. Currently: Lead of the “Corporate Development and Innovation” department and the Applied Research and Development Center at Musala Soft, where he is leading various initiatives for talent development and process improvements.

krasimir penkov
Krasimir Penkov

Experienced professional in the field of software development with main focus on web technologies and developing web applications for Bulgarian and international market. Currently Krasi is a Backend Developer at Dopamine – a fast growing company making immersive online casino games. Previously: Web Developer and Development Team Leader in Tarasoft, responsible for project tasks assignment and completion, research and development of websites and Facebook applications, coaching team members.

Alexander Yochev

Alex is a seasoned architect with 15 years of experience in designing and developing software systems. He is one of the co-founders of Intracol Technologies AD and currently contributes to the organization as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
Previously, Alex was employed as Technical Leader in Cisco Systems taking the role of software architect and a member of the internal patent review committee with focus on Collaboration and Unified Communication capabilities. In the past he has also served as a software architect at IBM. Alex holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems from Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria and is currently working towards obtaining his master’s degree in Project Management from University of Liverpool, UK.

Management Skills for Software Engineers starts on 24 October 2016.

The program includes six modules, each module consisting of five sessions (or 30 sessions for the whole program). The training sessions are organized either during the week (from 17:30 to 20:45) or during the weekends (from 10:00 to 13:15). The total program duration is one year split in two semesters – three modules per semester. The first semester starts in October and ends in February. The second semester – starts in March and ends in June.

Early bird -25%

3 payments x BGN 900

  • Total: BGN 2700
  • until 1 September

Standard fee

BGN 3 600

  • 1 participant