Category Archives: Software development

Like learning Old Norse

Since I’m doing fieldwork at a software organization these days, I have very present in my mind the difficulty of getting my bearings in a new environment. Several researchers have reported of these difficulties in the case of newcomers to … Continue reading

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Software development according to Game Dev Story

A few days ago I found out about Game Dev Story at this list of meta games (hat tip to Lila Fontes). As the name suggests, it’s a game about having and running a game development company. Seeing as I’ve … Continue reading

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Publishing into the void

A few days ago, Greg Wilson tweeted: When is the last time you read something in an ACM or IEEE journal that changed how you program or the tools you use? Ever? The answer is never, in my case. I … Continue reading

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“Agile” as an organizational form

Why do old organizations die? Their death runs counter to our intuition of the nature of organizations as rational entities: if an organization has established itself and secured economic stability, then, through an efficient and rational management of its resources, … Continue reading

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The thorny and the obvious

This discussion between Laurent Bossavit and Steve McConnell makes for very interesting reading: Bossavit critiques McConnell’s Making Software chapter on differences in programming productivity (original in French here), arguing that the studies it cites do not establish as a fact … Continue reading

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Call for papers: CHASE 2011

Another call for papers—this one for the 4th International Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering (CHASE 2011); a workshop that is co-located with ICSE and is always more interesting than the main conference itself, and for which … Continue reading

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Call for papers: Web2SE 2011

I’m in the Program Committee of the 2nd International Workshop on Web 2.0 for Software Engineering. (Web2SE 2011), co-located with ICSE. Please consider submitting your work—here is the abstract of the call for papers: Social software is built around an … Continue reading

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