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Software Development Methodologies, HEIs, and the Digital Economy

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Department of Information Systems, Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21551, Saudi Arabia
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Effat College of Business, Effat University, Jeddah 21551, Saudi Arabia
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School of Business & Economics, Deree College, The American College of Greece, 153-42 Athens, Greece
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Educ. Sci. 2021, 11(2), 73; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11020073
Received: 11 January 2021 / Revised: 5 February 2021 / Accepted: 10 February 2021 / Published: 13 February 2021
Progressing digitalization of business, economy, and the society places higher education institutions (HEIs) in the center of the debate on how to effectively respond to challenges and opportunities that are thus triggered. Several facets of this process and corresponding challenges exist, including the complex question of how to match students’ skills and competencies with the demands and expectations of the industry. From a different angle, considering the changing nature of work, HEIs are responsible for equipping future employees with skills necessary to work in virtual, distributed, culturally diverse, and frequently global, teams. In the domain of software development, i.e., the backbone of the digital world, the challenge HEIs need to face is paramount. For this reason, the way software development is taught at HEIs is crucial for the industry, for the economy, for the students, and for the HEIs. As there is a tendency in the industry to embrace the scrum method and seek employees equipped with skills necessary for the scrum methodology use, it is necessary to ensure that HEIs offer the students the opportunity to get exposed to scrum. By querying the challenges of switching to agile software development methodologies in senior capstone projects, this paper makes a case that software development and software development methodology form the thrust of a multi-stakeholder ecosystem that defines today’s digital economy and society. In this context, the added value of this paper rests in the elaboration of a method enabling HEIs to move toward scrum in senior projects. View Full-Text
Keywords: digital economy; education; agile software development methodologies; scrum; waterfall; higher education institutions; industry-academia collaboration digital economy; education; agile software development methodologies; scrum; waterfall; higher education institutions; industry-academia collaboration
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Saeedi, K.; Visvizi, A. Software Development Methodologies, HEIs, and the Digital Economy. Educ. Sci. 2021, 11, 73. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11020073

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