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Personal Software Process (Psp) Concept Applied To Beginning Engineers

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.418.1 - 4.418.5

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Roger Ferguson

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Lisa Anneberg

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Personal Software Process (PSP) Concept Applied to Beginning Engineers

Lisa Anneberg, Ph.D.

Department of Electrical Engineering Lawrence Technological University Southfield MI, USA 48075 (248) 204-2539 / Roger Ferguson, Ph.D.

Computer Science and Information Systems Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI USA

ABSTRACT The Personal Software Process (PSP) was designed to help Software Engineers produce high quality software [1]. PSP helps in the estimating, planning, development of software systems. PSP shows the Software Engineer how to track performance against other related software systems, and most importantly, it shows the engineer that PSP can guide their work so they can produce quality software. As of today, only experienced practitioners of Software Engineering have used PSP. However, the rigor of PSP should help novice engineers better manage their time as they design, develop, test and maintain projects. This paper reports the results of a four month study conduct by the LTU Department of Electrical Engineering, with help from the GVSU Computer Science and Information Systems Department. The goal of this study was to apply PSP ideas to an introductory engineering course.

1. INTRODUCTION The Personal Software Process [PSP] is a time management methodology specifically adapted to computer and information processes technologies. Here at LTU and GVSU, we are interested in extending PSP to beginning engineers. The course, Introduction to Engineering, is a basic course for all engineering students. The students are in electrical, mechanical, and civil disciplines, and are in their first semester on campus. This course is hands-on, with two student design projects. The first design project is introduced in

Ferguson, R., & Anneberg, L. (1999, June), Personal Software Process (Psp) Concept Applied To Beginning Engineers Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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