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On shared understanding in software engineering


Glinz, Martin; Fricker, Samuel (2013). On shared understanding in software engineering. In: GI Symposium Software Engineering 2013, Aachen, Germany, 27 February 2013 - 1 March 2013, 19-35.

Abstract

Shared understanding is essential for efficient communication in software development and evolution projects when the risk of unsatisfactory outcome and rework of project results shall be low. Today, however, shared understanding is used mostly in an unreflected, intuitive way. This is particularly true for implicit shared understanding. In this paper, we investigate the role, value and usage of shared understanding in Software Engineering. We contribute a reflected analysis of the problem, in particular of how to rely on implicit shared understanding. We discuss enablers and obstacles, compile existing practices for dealing with shared understanding, and present a roadmap for improving knowledge and practice in this area.

Abstract

Shared understanding is essential for efficient communication in software development and evolution projects when the risk of unsatisfactory outcome and rework of project results shall be low. Today, however, shared understanding is used mostly in an unreflected, intuitive way. This is particularly true for implicit shared understanding. In this paper, we investigate the role, value and usage of shared understanding in Software Engineering. We contribute a reflected analysis of the problem, in particular of how to rely on implicit shared understanding. We discuss enablers and obstacles, compile existing practices for dealing with shared understanding, and present a roadmap for improving knowledge and practice in this area.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:1 March 2013
Deposited On:09 Jan 2014 07:33
Last Modified:06 Aug 2017 14:57
Publisher:Gesellschaft für Informatik
Series Name:Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI)
Number:P-213
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1109/MS.1987.231413
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:8678

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