Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 26

Volume 26 Number 4, Pages 257-264

Fall 2015


Teaching Tip
Managing Software Engineering Student Teams Using Pellerin's 4-D System


Marguerite Doman
Andrew Besmer
Anne Olsen

Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA

Abstract: In this article, we discuss the use of Pellerin’s Four Dimension Leadership System (4-D) as a way to manage teams in a classroom setting. Over a 5-year period, we used a modified version of the 4-D model to manage teams within a senior level Software Engineering capstone course. We found that this approach for team management in a classroom setting led to qualitatively fewer incidents of teams unable to effectively work together, better projects, and greater group cohesion. In this article, we discuss our experience using the 4-D System, which was not originally designed for use in the classroom. We find our modified version of the 4-D System to be viable in a classroom setting and provide the reader with everything needed to implement 4-D in his or her own course.

Keywords: Team management, Groups, Pellerin's 4-D system

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Recommended Citation: Doman, M., Besmer, A., & Olsen, A. (2015). Teaching Tip: Managing Software Engineering Student Teams Using Pellerin's 4-D System. Journal of Information Systems Education, 26(4), pp. 257-264.