Virtual teams and employability in global software engineering education.
Bass, Julian M.
Lalchandani, J. T.
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BASS, J.M., MCDERMOTT, R. and LALCHANDANI, J.T. 2015. Virtual teams and employability in global software engineering education. In the Proceedings of the 10th IEEE international conference on global software engineering (ICGSE), 13 - 16 July 2015, Ciudad Real, Spain. Piscataway: IEEE [online], pages 115-124. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1109/ICGSE.2015.21.
Universities face many challenges when creating opportunities for student experiences of global software engineering. We provide a model for introducing global software engineering into the computing curriculum. Our model is based on a three year collaboration between Robert Gordon University, UK and the International Institute for IT Bangalore, India. We provide evidence based on student feedback from three cohorts of virtual team who never met face to face. We found potential employers were supportive of global software engineering in university curricula. We identify four key principles for global software engineering student projects: reconcile contrasting assessment demands between institutions, create a detailed joint timetable to reconcile teaching calendars, provide a project management framework to support phased delivery and carefully manage project scope.