Mentality patterns: recurring turns of mind as first-class concerns in software projects

Georgios Koutsoukos
2008 International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management  
Mentality Patterns: Recurring Turns of Mind as First-Class Concerns in Software Engineering Georgios Koutsoukos A wide variety of sources indicate the existence of certain recurring turns of mind, usually referred to as mentality, that have significant impact in software engineering practice. Some of those turns of mind are established to the point that certain designations, for instance "not invented here" or "us and them", have already been attributed to them. However, whereas agreement on
more » ... stence is clear, there is significant ambiguity or even inconsistency in the way those are discussed and considered. In other words, there is a noticeable absence of a standardised and systematic means to define, characterize and communicate such recurring mentality elements. Consequently, existing knowledge and practices on the matter are kept on people's minds or used in narrow contexts. Moreover, very little has been published on methods that can assist colleagues to approach the subject in their work practices in a more organized way. This thesis reports on research performed over several years, from both a researcher and practitioner perspective in the "real-life" field, and makes the following contributions: ii
doi:10.1504/ijtpm.2008.016178 fatcat:ahceobnl45bijmi6alra2h7ura