Matt Unger

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Residential Curriculum is Like Software Development

Last week, I attended the ACPA Residential Curriculum Institute for the first time. Many of our clients use an approach called the “curricular model” in their department. When this conference started, there were just a few dozen attendees. This year, there are more than 350. It was an incredible experience.

This curricular approach requires continuous assessment and re-evaluation. Once you build a curriculum for your department, you’re not “done”. You need to constantly re-shape it and tweak it. It’s a lot of work, but continuous improvement leads to success.


This reminded me of a quote from the movie The Social Network. As Mark Zuckerberg was about to launch the first version of "The Facebook", his friend Edwardo asked him, “So when will it be finished?” Mark replied with,

"It won't be finished. That's the point. The way fashion's never finished."

The Social Network

This is how we approach software development at Roompact. We continuously seek feedback and talk to folks who use our software to discover things that could use improvement — both in our software and in our industry in general.

We’re never done. We won’t be done 10 years from now. We’ll always be upgrading, improving, and tweaking our software. It may not be easy to do it this way, but it's rewarding. And it's the only way to build something great.

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”

-Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own

(Thanks to @KeithEPhD and @upnorthkathleen for the quote!)

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