Describing co-ordinated activity in software engineering projects

IR McChesney, S Gallagher

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A major challenge in managing the software process is achieving the effective co ordination of its constituent activities, resources and people. The field of software engineering has seen a number of strategies for improving co-ordination at the organizational, process and tool level. However, we believe that a gap exists between existing process-oriented methods for describing the software process and the situated, day-to-day activities in which software engineers engage; yet it is through these situated activities that effective co-ordination is achieved. We draw on concepts from organizational theory to formulate a framework for the description and analysis of co-ordinated activity in software engineering projects. The viability of this analytical framework is evaluated through its application to a real-world software project. The results suggest that the framework is viable and that its application yields some interesting insights into software engineering practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
PublisherHead of Zeus
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)095407050X
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Apr 2001
Event6th UKAIS Conference (Information Systems in the Digital World) - Portsmouth, England
Duration: 1 Apr 2001 → …


Conference6th UKAIS Conference (Information Systems in the Digital World)
Period1/04/01 → …


  • "software engineering" coordination teamwork


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