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Re: [XP] Research survey on XP from knowledge management point of view

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  • Steven Gordon
    In addition to Ron s point: Software development is largely social, not purely logical or physical. As a former academician, it pains me to see the results of
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 11, 2009
      In addition to Ron's point:

      Software development is largely social, not purely logical or physical. As
      a former academician, it pains me to see the results of researchers who
      naively study social phenomena as if they were studying physical phenomena.

      As any social scientist knows, asking people what they think they do only
      discovers what they think they do, which has surprisingly low correlation to
      what they actually do. This correlation is especially low when they are
      working in an agile environment (i.e., where people are supposed to do what
      they think is best instead of strictly following some process).

      As any social scientist knows, if you really want to know what people
      actually do, you have to carefully observe them doing it. Unfortunately,
      this is painful for a student trained to do things rather than to observe
      things.

      To you professors, if you want your students to really do valid research
      into software development, you should always have a social scientist
      actively involved on each thesis committee. Otherwise, the research is
      simply not valid.

      Steven Gordon, PhD


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