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Software developer's journey: a story-driven approach to support software practitioners

Yilmaz, Murat and Atasoy, Berke and O'Connor, Rory and Martens, Jean-Bernard and Clarke, Paul (2016) Software developer's journey: a story-driven approach to support software practitioners. In: 23nd European Conference on Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement (EuroSPI 2016), 14-16 Sept 2016, Graz, Austria. ISBN 978-3-319-44817-6

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Agile development requires a highly iterative and collaborative design process, which relies on the successful interpretation of software development activities amongst team members throughout the overall process. However, contemporary methods and tools that support agile efforts provide little help in addressing context-specific tacit knowledge, which is difficult to externalize without a shared method of interpretation. Without a continuously updated interpretation of the project vision, it is difficult to claim a shared mental model, while this is actually vital for the success of an agile process. In this paper, we address this issue and seek guidance in an approach that is commonly used in film storycraft. Film production has ample experience with externalizing experiences with the help of visual planning tools and related techniques to orchestrate the creative efforts of vast interdisciplinary production teams. We therefore propose that methods and tools from visual storycrafting can be adapted to assist software developers, not only with externalizing and discussing context-specific tacit knowledge but also to keep them creatively engaged in the development process.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:Agile software development; Story-driven software development; Storycrafting; Software development process
Subjects:Computer Science > Software engineering
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Published in:23rd European Conference, EuroSPI 2016, Graz, Austria, September 14-16, 2016, Proceedings. Communications in Computer and Information Science 633. Springer International Publishing. ISBN 978-3-319-44817-6
Publisher:Springer International Publishing
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Copyright Information:©2016. The original publication is available at
ID Code:21403
Deposited On:05 Oct 2016 15:58 by Rory O'Connor. Last Modified 05 Oct 2016 15:58

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