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Coverage of the ISO 21500 standard in the context of software project management by a simulation-based serious game

Calderon, Alejandro and Ruiz, Mercedes and O'Connor, Rory (2017) Coverage of the ISO 21500 standard in the context of software project management by a simulation-based serious game. In: 17th International Conference on Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination (SPICE 2017), 4-5 Oct 2017, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. ISBN 978-3-319-67383-7

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Bringing professional practice into the learning/teaching process is an especially difficult task in the scope of software project management and can turn into a challenge in the context of software process standards education. The ISO 21500 standard is an international reference standard that provides generic guidance and good practices in project management. In this paper, we perform a literature review in order to analyze the current studies related to the use of serious games for understanding, teaching and supporting the education of the ISO 21500 standard. Moreover, we propose ProDec, a serious game for software project management training, and provide a mapping between the different stages of the game lifecycle and the ISO 21500 standard applying its management processes in the context of software projects. As a result, we observe that in this context, ProDec is able to cover seven of the ten subject groups and almost 75% of the project management processes of the ISO 21500 standard.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:ISO 21500; Software Project Management; Serious Games; Teaching Standards; Simulation
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
Computer Science > Software engineering
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Lero: The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Published in:Software Process Improvement and Capability Determination. Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) 770. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-67383-7
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Copyright Information:© 2017 Springer. The original publication is available at
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders: Spanish National Research Agency (AEI) with ERDF funds under projects amuSE (TIN2013-46928-C3-2-R), BadgePeople (TIN2016- 76956-C3-3-R) , Andalusian Plan for Research, Development and Innovation (grant TIC-195
ID Code:22024
Deposited On:21 Sep 2017 16:40 by Rory O'Connor. Last Modified 22 Sep 2017 09:59

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