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Knowledge Management in Software Process Improvement: A case study of very small entities

Basri, Shuib and O'Connor, Rory V. (2011) Knowledge Management in Software Process Improvement: A case study of very small entities. In: Knowledge Engineering for Software Development Life Cycles: Support Technologies and Applications. IGI Global, UK. ISBN 1609605098

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This chapter discusses knowledge management (KM) aspects of how software process and software process improvement (SPI) is practiced within very small entities (VSEs) in the context of Irish software development industry. In particular this study is concerned with the process of software development knowledge management in supporting the SPI. In order to understand the support process, we have studied how KM processes are practiced within VSEs which includes communication, learning, sharing and documentation process. This study also focuses in detail on the issues of the knowledge atrophy problem in VSEs. The findings explain how KM is been practiced and influences the software development process and process improvement in VSEs. This result indicates that KM processes in VSEs are being undertaken in a very informal manner and also in indirect way due to the small team size, autonomous working and macro-management style which have caused VSEs to be more informal in their knowledge management processes specifically and SPI generally. In addition, the results have indicated that the informal environment and culture helped VSEs to easily create and share knowledge between staff members and also assisted VSEs to mitigate the knowledge atrophy problem in their organization.

Item Type:Book Section
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Departments / MOR / COE:Departments > Computer Information Sciences
ID Code:3797
Deposited By: Dr Shuib Basri
Deposited On:04 Jan 2011 09:02
Last Modified:19 Jan 2017 08:23

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