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With the rapid globalization of companies, also the globalization of software development has become a reality. Many software projects are now distributed in diverse sites across the globe. The Global Software Development (GSD) project is an innovative research project supporting the learning and practice on software engineering concept through challenging global software development collaboration. Teams of student developers from many country, Cambodia, India, the United States (New York City and New York Pleasantville) and Thailand, attended this collaboration. ICT Senior, Junior and Sophomore Students also joined the GSD Project during their summer break.

The Global Software Development (GSD) project is an innovative research project supporting the learning and practice on software engineering concept through challenging global software development collaboration. In 2008, the project spanned over five universities from four different countries with three different time-zones. The project was completed in 15 weeks (from January 2008 to May 2008).

Teams of student developers from Cambodia, India, the United States (New York City and New York Pleasantville) and Thailand coraborated to design and develop a software system for selection. The 2008 theme was MultiLIB 2008 which was an electronic library system for the Computer Science Department of the Institute of Technology of Cambodia. In addition to the developers from the four countries, the project involved a team of student clients from the Institute of Technology of Cambodia who would be the users of the system. The local students were responsible for determining the project’s requirements and managing the entire procurement process; they worked directly as sponsors for the 5 global development teams. Each team worked with a set of dedicated coaches and auditors, graduate Software Engineering students and IT Professionals from New York, who both mentored and focused on the quality of the processes and products.

The project resulted in 5 excellent software systems for the client to consider, all delivered by a strict deadline. The final project conclusion, after the clients having reviewed all five systems and identified each one’s strengths and weaknesses, was that there were two systems that stood out as the most complete and thorough electronic library systems. These systems were those submitted by the India and Thai teams. The Thai system was appraised in its exceptional combination of strong user interface and functionality, and they also received a special recommendation from the SQA Manager for the quality of their software development process. Despite close competition, a system from the India team was selected for deployment within Cambodia for its special attention paid to the non-functional requirements; the work of all student teams is to be very highly congratulated.

Note: The Thai team involved in this project consists of students in the ICT program of the Computer Science Department, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University. Their names are

1

Jidapa Kraisangka

(Sophomore, developer)

2

Thitivatr Patanasakpinyo

(Sophomore, developer)

3

Vasitpol Voravitvet

(Sophomore, developer)

4

Kittitat Thamvitayakul

(Junior, developer)

5

Nattachart Tamkittikhun

(Junior, developer)

6

Nuttapon Watcharasirisuk

(Junior, QA Trainee)

7

Napat Amphaiphan

(Senior, QA Trainee)

8

Pawitra Chiravirakul

(Senior, QA Trainee)

9

Siripen Pongpaichet

(Senior, QA Trainee)

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