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Software Engineering Approaches for Offshore and Outsourced Development

Volume 4716 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 44-58

Introducing Global Supply Chains into Software Engineering Education

  • Olly GotelAffiliated withPace University, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Department of Computer Science, New York, NY
  • , Vidya KulkarniAffiliated withUniversity of Delhi, Computer Science Department, New Delhi
  • , Long Chrea NeakAffiliated withInstitute of Technology of Cambodia, Computer Science Department, Phnom Penh
  • , Christelle ScharffAffiliated withPace University, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Department of Computer Science, New York, NY
  • , Sopheap SengAffiliated withInstitute of Technology of Cambodia, Computer Science Department, Phnom Penh

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Abstract

This paper describes lessons from running software development projects across three globally distributed educational institutions. What was innovative about this study was that two of the institutions were located in service providing countries, conventional onshore/offshore roles were reversed, and students were exposed to the realities of global supply chain management. Three teams of US students were tasked to develop three different software products for Cambodian clients, while sub-contracting the database component to third-party teams of Indian students. This paper details the role of the three institutions, the prerequisites for planning and logistics for running such educational projects, and summarises the findings, while drawing broader parallels with the commercial world of offshore and outsourced development. It ends with recommendations for software engineering education to better reflect the needs and skills demanded of right sourcing in the global marketplace. These extend more generally to global software engineering.

Keywords

Global Software Development Software Engineering Education Supply Chain