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This doesn’t work! – An explorative study on student modeling skills in the context of developing hybrid methods

  • For large-scale processes as implemented in organizations that develop software in regulated domains, comprehensive software process models are implemented, e.g., for compliance requirements. Creating and evolving such processes is demanding and requires software engineers having substantial modeling skills to create consistent and certifiable processes. While teaching process engineering to students, we observed issues in providing and explaining models. In this paper, we present an exploratory study in which we aim to shed light on the challenges students face when it comes to modeling. Our findings show that students are capable of doing basic modeling tasks, yet, fail in utilizing models correctly. We conclude that the required skills, notably abstraction and solution development, are underdeveloped due to missing practice and routine. Since modeling is key to many software engineering disciplines, we advocate for intensifying modeling activities in teaching.

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Author of HS ReutlingenKuhrmann, Marco
Erschienen in:ECSEE '23: Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Software Engineering Education, 19-21 June 2023, Seeon/Bavaria, Germany
Publisher:Association for Computing Machinery
Place of publication:New York
Document Type:Conference proceeding
Publication year:2023
Tag:modeling; software development; software process
Page Number:11
First Page:169
Last Page:179
DDC classes:004 Informatik
Open access?:Nein
Licence (German):License Logo  In Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt