Collaborative Quality Assurance in Information Systems Development

The Interaction of Software Development Techniques and Team Cognition

  • Kai Spohrer

Part of the Progress in IS book series (PROIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Kai Spohrer
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  3. Kai Spohrer
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  4. Kai Spohrer
    Pages 59-89
  5. Kai Spohrer
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 195-243

About this book


This book examines how and why collaborative quality assurance techniques, particularly pair programming and peer code review, affect group cognition and software quality in agile software development teams. Prior research on these extremely popular but also costly techniques has focused on isolated pairs of developers and ignored the fact that they are typically applied in larger, enduring teams. This book is one of the first studies to investigate how these techniques depend on and influence the joint cognitive accomplishments of entire development teams rather than individuals. It employs theories on transactive memory systems and functional affordances to provide answers based on empirical research. The mixed-methods research presented includes several in-depth case studies and survey results from more than 500 software developers, team leaders, and product managers in 81 software development teams. The book’s findings will advance IS research and have explicit implications for developers of code review tools, information systems development teams, and software development managers.


Code review Functional affordances Information systems development techniques Pair programming Software quality assurance Team cognition Transactive memory systems

Authors and affiliations

  • Kai Spohrer
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MannheimMannheimGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-25161-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-25163-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2196-8705
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-8713
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