Communication and co-ordination practices in software engineering projects

IR McChesney, S Gallagher

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In this paper we report on the investigation, description and analysis of communication and co-ordination practices in software engineering projects. We argue that existing models of the software process do not adequately address the situated, day-to-day practices in which software engineers collectively engage, yet it is through these practices that effective co-ordination is achieved. Drawing on concepts from organizational theory, we describe an approach for studying co-ordination activity in software engineering and the application of this approach to two real-world software projects. We describe key co-ordination issues in these projects and discuss their implications for software engineering practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-489
JournalInformation and Software Technology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Jun 2004


  • "software engineering" coordination teamwork


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