Exploring the Influence of Belbin’s Roles in Software Measurement: A Controlled Experiment with Students

  • Raúl A. AguilarEmail author
  • Julio C. Díaz
  • Juan P. Ucán
  • Yasbedh O. Quiñones
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 865)


The article presents a controlled experiment in which the convenience of using the Belbin Role Theory for the integration of work teams with the task of measuring the software is explored. The study is developed in an academic environment with students of the Software Engineering degree and analyzes the differences between the metrics obtained with the Function Point Technique, by teams integrated with the Belbin Theory, and those obtained by teams integrated with students selected randomly. The results obtained provide evidence regarding the significant differences in terms of the time spent for the task; it was observed that teams integrated with the Belbin theory take more time. Regarding the five metrics obtained to measure the functionality of the software, differences were found only in the functionality linked to the external outputs.


Software testing education Computer-supported collaborative learning Computer-supported cooperative work Experimentation in software engineering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raúl A. Aguilar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Julio C. Díaz
    • 1
  • Juan P. Ucán
    • 1
  • Yasbedh O. Quiñones
    • 1
  1. 1.Universidad Autónoma de YucatánMéridaMexico

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