Patterns of identity and interaction in an agile community of practice

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Conference Proceeding

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Department of Computer Science


Software development communities of practice must adapt canonical best practices to suit their own situation-specific and evolving contexts. To uncover real strategies for organization and communication, we conducted a eight-month participant observation of a mature agile software development firm undergoing unprecedented and transformational growth. In this paper, we frame the shifting identities of software development team members, and shifting approaches to interaction, in terms of organizational patterns and how they fit together to characterize the firm's answer to its organizational challenges.

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2019 IEEE/ACM 12th International Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering (CHASE)