Improving academic software engineering projects: A comparative study of academic and industry projects
Source: Annals of Software Engineering, Volume 6, Numbers 1-4, 1998 , pp. 343-363(21)
Abstract:A project course in software engineering is often part of the curriculum in computer engineering or computer science. This paper studies the relationship between academic and industrial projects in software engineering. The purpose is to compare the practices followed in a project-course approach with the practices of professional software engineers. The approach is to compare the measurements obtained from academic and industrial projects. The critical factors regarding the process, the people and the project are discussed. The structure of the software processes and the measurement tools are presented. The data analyses show that the academic projects are found to be strongly dominated by programming activities. Based on the data from the industrial projects, we formulate seven recommendations to improve the software engineering practices in academic projects. They are related to management, predevelopment, development, testing, reviews documentation and team activities. The concluding remarks discuss some of the actions that could be taken to improve academic projects.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: 1: Laboratoire de Recherche en Génie Logiciel, Département de Génie Électrique et de Génie Informatique, École Polytechnique de Montréal, C.P. 6079, Suc. Centre-ville, Montréal, Qc., Canada H3C 3A7 E-mail: email@example.com 2: Department of Computer Science, University of British Columbia, 2366 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: January 1, 1998