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Social and Human Aspects of Software Engineering

  • Helen Sharp
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4336)

Abstract

The people-intensive nature of software engineering has been understood for some time. Curtis et al [1] cite a number of studies in a variety of contexts demonstrating "the substantial impact of behavioural (i.e. human and organisational) factors on software productivity", while [2] believe that software companies are particularly vulnerable to people problems. Despite this recognition, however, McDermid and Bennett [3] argue that the neglect of people factors in software engineering research has had a detrimental impact on progress in software engineering.

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