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Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 251–274 | Cite as

Negotiating Boundaries. Configuration Management in Software Development Teams

  • Hilda Tellioğlu
  • Ina Wagner
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Abstract

Using case-study material from threesmall software development teams, this paper analysesthe regionalisation of ’design spaces‘. Its mainpurpose is to understand problems and practices ofcooperative work in such spaces. ’Configurationmanagement‘ is used to denote both a practice andsupporting software tools and their relationship. Amajor concern is how to develop practices and toolsthat support cooperation across multipleorganisational and social boundaries whilesimultaneously being ‘respectful of regionalisations’.

Configuration Management (CM) CSCW Articulation work Empirical studies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hilda Tellioğlu
    • 1
  • Ina Wagner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department for CSCWVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria

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