Methodology and culture: drivers of mediocrity in software engineering?

Petre, Marian and Damian, Daniela (2014). Methodology and culture: drivers of mediocrity in software engineering? In: FSE 2014 Proceedings of the 22nd ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Foundations of Software Engineering, ACM, pp. 829–832.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2635868.2666607

Abstract

Methodology implementation failure is attributed to developer mediocrity (by management) – not to organizational mediocrity (rigidity or control-driven, process-driven management), or to a lack of adaptation capability in the methodology. In supporting software construction as a creative process, however, we must promote excellence rather than conformity. We argue that we – through principled research -- must pay attention to the interplay between methodology and culture – the local adaptations needed to make things work, understand how the two co-evolve and how they may contribute together to software quality.

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