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Towards Data-driven Software Engineering Skills Assessment


Authors: J. Lin, H. Yu, Z. Shen, and C. Miao
Title: Towards Data-driven Software Engineering Skills Assessment
Abstract: Today’s software engineers often work in teams to develop complex software systems. Therefore, successful software engineering in practice not only require team members to possess sound programming skills such as analysis, design, coding, and testing, but also soft skills such as communication, collaboration, and self-management, etc. However, existing examination based assessments are often inadequate for quantifying students’ soft skill development. In this paper, we explore alternative ways for assessing software engineering students’ skills through a data-driven approach. Leveraging our proposed HASE online agile project management (APM) tool, we conducted a study involving 21 Scrum teams consisting of over 100 undergraduate software engineering students in multi-week coursework projects in 2014. During this study, students performed close to 170,000 software engineering activities logged by HASE. By analyzing the collected activity trajectory dataset, we demonstrate the potential for this new research direction to enable software engineering educators to have a quantifiable way of understanding their students’ skill development, and take a proactive approach in helping them improve their programming and soft skills.
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Conference Name: 1st International Conference on Crowd Science and Engineering (ICCSE'16)
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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Year: 2016
Accepted PDF File: Towards_Data-driven_Software_Engineering_Skills_Assessment_accepted.pdf
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Reference: J. Lin, H. Yu, Z. Shen, and C. Miao, “Towards data-driven software engineering skills assessment,” in Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Crowd Science and Engineering (ICCSE’16), July 2016.
bibtex: 
@inproceedings{LILY-c95, 
    author	= {Lin, Jun and Yu, Han and Shen, Zhiqi and Miao, Chunyan},
    title	= {Towards Data-driven Software Engineering Skills Assessment},  
    booktitle	= {Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Crowd Science and Engineering (ICCSE'16)}, 
    year		= {2016}, 
    month	= {July}, 
    pages	= {}, 
    location	= {Vancouver, Canada},
    publisher	= {},
 }