A grounded theory of how people manage the process of software development

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Andrew Parker (@aparker42) presents the paper:

"Reconciling perspectives: A grounded theory of how people manage the process of software development" (2012)

by Steve Adolph, Philippe Kruchten, Wendy Hall (Article Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0164121212000386
Full thesis downloadable PDF (2013): https://open.library.ubc.ca/media/download/pdf/24/1.0073582/2&usg=AOvVaw3nQsXT9DHF7SCS1kzA5sdb)

Abstract

In the paper "Reconciling perspectives: A grounded theory of how people manage the process of software development” the authors Steve Adolph, Philippe Kruchten, and Wendy Hall investigate what is happening during our day to day, individual interactions. They found a recurring pattern that explains how so many people, acting more or less independently, are still able to produce software as a group. We are all taking part in a process of “reconciling perspectives.” The theory is constructed from observation and analysis of real software teams as they go about their day, and can provide a basis for understanding what is happening in our own daily interactions.
The paper is readable and well written, which provides a clear exposition of the model and the methods used. The methods used in the study (grounded theory and related methods) are not something that many software engineers encounter, and they open a door to a different world of research. As such, the paper provides a useful study of software engineering and the methods that can be employed to understand software engineering.

The Speaker

Andrew Parker is a software engineer who takes a particular interest in the human aspects of software engineering. He has worked in a number of different environments from e-commerce to open source configuration management. Andrew's interest in the human aspects of software engineering has led him to work as an engineering manager and study anthropology and social sciences. At somewhat random times, Andrew writes on his blog (https://softwarelifecycle.wordpress.com/) or posts on twitter (@aparker42).

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Acuris
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10 Queen St Place
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The nearest tube station is Cannon Street. The schedule:

• 6.30pm: pizza and drinks
• 7:00pm: presentation starts
• 8:00pm: presentation end

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