Bridging the Gap Between SPI and SMEs in Educational Settings: A Learning Tool Supporting ISO/IEC 29110

  • Mary-Luz Sanchez-GordónEmail author
  • Rory V. O’Connor
  • Ricardo Colomo-Palacios
  • Eduardo Herranz
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 633)


The software development industry is dominated by a myriad of smaller organizations world-wide, including very small entities (VSEs), which have up to 25 people. Managing software process is a big challenge for practitioners. In 2011, due to the VSEs’ increasing importance, a set of ISO/IEC 29110 standards and guides were released. Although other initiatives are devoted to small entities, ISO/IEC 29110 is becoming the widely adopted standard. But it is an emerging standard and practitioners need to be actively engaged in their learning. In this sense, serious games offer the potential to entertain and educate. This study shows empirical evidence to support the overall applicability of the game proposed as learning tool. Moreover, the results indicate that the learning tool creates a positive experience, and therefore could be used as a strategy to promote the standard.


VSE ISO/IEC 29110 Very small entity Project management Game-based learning Game-based training 



The authors would like to thank Sandra Sanchez-Gordon, who is tutor of course “Software Engineering” of the National Polytechnic School of Ecuador. Also, a special thanks to all the students in Ecuador and Spain, who participated in the evaluation of the game.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary-Luz Sanchez-Gordón
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rory V. O’Connor
    • 2
  • Ricardo Colomo-Palacios
    • 3
  • Eduardo Herranz
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentUniversidad Carlos III de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.School of ComputingDublin City UniversityDublin 9Ireland
  3. 3.Faculty of Computer SciencesØstfold University CollegeHaldenNorway

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