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Rory O'Connor
Claude Laporte



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Software process improvement in industry in a graduate software engineering curriculum (2016)

Abstract Software process improvement (SPI) is considered one of the most important fields in the software engineering discipline. But despite its importance, increasing its coverage in educational settings is still challenging. By influencing the syllabus for university-level graduate and undergraduate courses to include quality and process improvement, the future professionals, on entering the various industries, could act as ambassadors for process improvement. This article deals with one such example at the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), where SPI is taught in lecture format and with a 10-week implementation project in organizations by teams of students from the graduate software engineering curriculum. The SPI course is taught using a “problem-goal-solution” approach where students learn that any process improvement initiative must be based on issues preventing an organization from achieving its organizational goals whether the organization is a company or a not-for-profit organization. An important aspect of this course is the management of technological change where students learn and put into practice in their project the “soft” issues, which are part of most SPI organizational initiatives. In addition to the one-semester graduate SPI course, a few students pursue the work done during the 10-week team project as their graduate project.
Collections Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = DCU Faculties and Schools: Faculty of Engineering and Computing: School of Computing
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> DCU Faculties and Centres = Research Initiatives and Centres: Lero: The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Publication Type = Article
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Status = Published
Ireland -> Dublin City University -> Subject = Computer Science: Software engineering

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Rory O'Connor, Claude Laporte

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Rory O'Connor
Dublin City University
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Claude Y. Laporte
Dublin City University
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