What can go wrong in a software project? Have fun solving it

Miguel Ehécatl Morales-Trujillo, Gabriel Alberto García-Mireles, Polina Maslova

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Abstract

Providing stimulating and real-life experiences is a key component in teaching software project management in Computer Science or Software Engineering programs. The diversity of topics that need to be addressed and restrictions that should be considered in university courses make a challenging task of it. This paper presents a serious game, called 'White Crow PM' whose objective is to make students aware of the risks they might face during software development projects. The paper describes the game design steps and provides results of its validation in Computer Science programs in two Mexican universities. The collected data showed that the participants had fun playing the game and its content is relevant for software project management courses. Although the game needs to be validated in other settings with more participants, we conclude that it fulfills the goal of motivating discussion and increasing awareness of project management concerns among students.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, FedCSIS 2018
EditorsMaria Ganzha, Leszek Maciaszek, Leszek Maciaszek, Marcin Paprzycki
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages995-1004
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9788394941970
DOIs
StatePublished - 26 Oct 2018
Event2018 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, FedCSIS 2018 - Poznan, Poland
Duration: 9 Sep 201812 Sep 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2018 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, FedCSIS 2018

Conference

Conference2018 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, FedCSIS 2018
Country/TerritoryPoland
CityPoznan
Period9/09/1812/09/18

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