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Users as contextual features of software product development and testing

John Rooksby, David Martin, Mark Rouncefield
This paper examines how software developers discuss users and how such discusions are intrinsic to the negotiation and settling of technical decisions in the development and testing of a software product. Using ethnographic data, we show how the user features in conversations, not as a topic, but as a context to technical work. By understanding the user as a contextual feature in developers group work we are able to draw attention to issues in the use of Extreme Programming for software product development. Extreme Programming is a participatory design method, but software product development involves envisioning and designing for future customers.
Group 2007, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA, November 4-7, 2007.
2007
2007/033

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