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Building lego towers: An exercise for teaching the challenges of global work
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.
2019 (English)In: ACM Transactions on Computing Education, ISSN 1946-6226, E-ISSN 1946-6226, Vol. 19, no 2, article id a15Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Global software engineering has changed the way software is developed today. To address the new challenges, many universities have launched specially tailored courses to train young professionals to work in globally distributed projects. However, a mere acknowledgment of the geographic, temporal, and cultural differences does not necessarily lead to a deep understanding of the underlying practical implications. Therefore, many universities developed alternative teaching and learning activities, such as multi-university collaborative projects and small-scale simulations or games. In this article, we present a small-scale exercise that uses LEGO bricks to teach skills necessary for global work. We describe the many different interventions that could be implemented in the execution of the exercise. We had seven runs of the exercises and report our findings from executing seven runs of the exercise with the total of 104 students from five different courses in two different universities. Our results suggest that the exercise can be a valuable tool to help students dealing with troublesome knowledge associated with global software engineering and a useful complement to the courses dedicated to this subject. © 2019 Copyright is held by the owner/author(s)

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Association for Computing Machinery , 2019. Vol. 19, no 2, article id a15
Keywords [en]
Communication and coordination, Distributed software development, Distributed teams, Global software engineering, Practical exercise, Teaching, Curricula, Distributed computer systems, Human resource management, Software design, Collaborative projects, Distributed projects, Teaching and learning, Young professionals
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-17539DOI: 10.1145/3218249ISI: 000458016600009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85059857336OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-17539DiVA, id: diva2:1282985
Available from: 2019-01-28 Created: 2019-01-28 Last updated: 2019-02-21Bibliographically approved

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