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Organizational patterns between developers and testers: Investigating testers' autonomy and role identity
Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze, CZE.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3818-4442
2018 (English)In: ICEIS 2018 - Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems / [ed] Filipe J.,Camp O.,Smialek M.,Filipe J.,Hammoudi S., SciTePress , 2018, Vol. 2, p. 336-344Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper deals with organizational patterns (configurations, set-ups) between developers/programmers and testers. We firstly discuss the key differences between these two Information Systems Development (ISD) occupations. Highlighting the origin of inevitable disagreements between them, we reflect on the nature of the software testing field that currently undergoes an essential change under the increasing influence of agile ISD approaches and methods. We also deal with the ongoing professionalization of software testing. More specifically, we propose that the concept of role identity anchored in (social) identity theory can be applied to the profession of software testers, and their activities studied accordingly. Furthermore, we conceptualize three organizational patterns (i.e. isolated testers, embedded testers, and eradicated testers) based on our selective literature review of research and practice sources in Information Systems (IS) and Software Engineering (SE) disciplines. After summarizing the key industrial challenges of these patterns, we conclude the paper by calling for more research evidence that would demonstrate the viability of the recently introduced novel organizational models. We also argue that especially the organizational model of "combined software engineering", where the roles of programmers and testers are reunited into a single role of "software engineer", deserves a closer attention of IS and SE researchers in the future. © 2018 by SCITEPRESS - Science and Technology Publications, Lda.

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SciTePress , 2018. Vol. 2, p. 336-344
Keywords [en]
Agile testing, Combined software engineering, Conflict, Organizational structure, Profession, Role identity, Social identity theory, Software engineering management, Software testing, Agile manufacturing systems, Embedded systems, Industrial research, Information systems, Information use, Intelligent agents, Professional aspects, Organizational structures, Social identity theories
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Software Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-16541Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85047758452ISBN: 9789897582981 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-16541DiVA, id: diva2:1220114
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20th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, ICEIS 2018, 21 March 2018 through 24 March 2018
Available from: 2018-06-18 Created: 2018-06-18 Last updated: 2018-06-18Bibliographically approved

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