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Avoiding Scylla and Charybdis in Distributed Software Development Course



Ivica Crnkovic, Ivana Bosnic , Igor Cavrak , Marin Orlic , Mario Zagar

Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper


ICSE 2011 Companion Volume,


ACM Digital Library


Teaching Distributed Software Development (DSD) is a challenging task. A convincing simulation of distributed environment in a local environment is practically impossible. Teaching DSD in distributed environment is more realistic since the students directly experience all its specifics. However, teaching in distributed environment, in which several geographically separated teams participate, is very demanding. Different types of obstacles occur, from administrative and organizational to technical ones. This paper describes some of the challenges, lessons learned, but also success stories of the DSD course performed now eight year in a row.


author = {Ivica Crnkovic and Ivana Bosnic and Igor Cavrak and Marin Orlic and Mario Zagar},
title = {Avoiding Scylla and Charybdis in Distributed Software Development Course},
month = {May},
year = {2011},
booktitle = {ICSE 2011 Companion Volume,},
publisher = {ACM Digital Library},
url = {}