Software Engineering Management, Measurement and Improvement

University of Oulu
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Course overview

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ECTS Credits 5   cr
Language of instruction EN.



The course is held in the autumn semester, during period 2. It is recommended to complete the course in the 2nd autumn semester.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student understands the fundamental principles of software processes and their development in professional software engineering. The course extends the understanding of quality based on individual techniques (e.g. reviews) so that after completing the course the student is able to:

- Understand professional software development processes in agile, lean and traditional environments

- Evaluate different methods and techniques

- Select from them appropriate ones for different software engineering environments

- Have capabilities to participate in systematic efforts for improvement in software companies.


The course covers the most fundamental process centred software quality improvement and management approaches, methods and latest research results, as well as approaches to software measurement. The topics of the course include: traditional waterfall, agile (extreme programming, Scrum, Rational unified process, crystal, feature driven development, adaptive software development, dynamic systems development method) and lean methods, process improvement approaches, software process and product measurement, agile and lean practices, process improvement at the enterprise level and practical examples from software industry.

Mode of delivery

Face-to-face teaching + Seminars.

Learning activities and teaching methods

9 Lectures (30 hours), 7 Seminars (30 hours), Individual weekly assignments (43 hours), Group work (30 hours).

Target group

MSc students

Prerequisites and co-requisites

BSc or other equivalent degree and basic knowledge of software engineering.

Recommended or required reading
  • Agile Project Management with Scrum. Ken Schwaber, Microsoft Press, ISBN 0-7356-1993-X. 2004
  • Dingsøyr T., Dybå T., Moe N.B., Agile Software Development: Current Research and Future Directions, Springer, 2010
  • C. Jones, Applied Software Measurement: Global Analysis of Productivity and Quality, 3rd ed. McGraw-Hill Osborne Media, 2008
  • Craig Larman and Bas Vodde, Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Thinking and Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum, Addison-Wesley, 2009
  • CMMI: Guidelines for Process Integration and Product Improvement. Mary Beth Chrissis, Mike Konrad, Sandy Shrum. Addison-Wesley, ISBN 032-115496-7, 2004.
Assessment Methods and criteria

Active and regular participation to lectures and seminars AND report evaluation AND seminar presentations.


Numerical scale 1-5 or fail.

Person responsible Oivo Markku Haghighatkhah Alireza
Work placements

Visiting lecture from industry.

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