Understanding the software process as a social process

  • Ian Sommerville
  • Tom Rodden
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 635)


This position paper summarises a project which is concerned with understanding the software process from a sociological viewpoint. We believe that understanding the social factors inherent in the software process will allow us to derive new requirements for software tools for process support. One such tool, (the Designer's Notepad) intended to support informal design activities is briefly described.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian Sommerville
    • 1
  • Tom Rodden
    • 1
  1. 1.Computing DepartmentLancaster UniversityLancasterUK

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