Tacit Knowledge in Software Evolution
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This chapter describes two perspectives on the identification and externalisation of tacit knowledge, that is expertise that is difficult to verbalise, within long-living and continuously evolving systems. During the design time of a software system, heuristics and machine learning classifiers can be used to identify and externalise tacit knowledge. For instance, externalised tacit security knowledge supports requirement engineers to understand security-related requirements. During the run time of a software system, tacit knowledge about a system’s usability can be captured through monitoring user interactions. The identification and extraction of tacit usage knowledge can improve usability-related aspects and even trigger new functional requirement requests.
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