Challenges in Using an Economic Cost Model for Software Engineering Simulation

Abstract

The common software engineering education method of theory presented in lectures along with application of these theories in an associated class project is insufficient, on its own, to effectively communicate the complex, fundamental dynamics underlying real-world software engineering processes. We are constructing a new approach to software engineering education that is based on the use of an educational software engineering simulation environment. However, a major challenge in developing such an environment lies in creating an accurate model of the real world upon which the simulation is based. In order for the simulation to be a successful educational tool, this model must be based on an appropriate economic model, must consist of the correct “fundamental laws” of software engineering, and must encode them quantitatively into accurate mathematical relationships, thereby correctly embodying and portraying all of the various factors, dynamics, and causeand-effect relationships present in the real-world software engineering process.

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@inproceedings{Oh2001ChallengesIU, title={Challenges in Using an Economic Cost Model for Software Engineering Simulation}, author={Emily Oh and Andr{\'e} van der Hoek}, year={2001} }