Managing radical software engineers: Between order and chaos

Kevin C. Desouza, Yukika Awazu

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3 Scopus citations

Abstract

Innovations in software engineering organizations frequently emerge from risky behavior. Most often, these risks are taken by only a small percentage of the software engineering staff - radical engineers (REs). They go against the status quo, experiment with new methods or technologies, and have the burden of bringing the innovations into the mainstream of the organization. Most organizations however, do a poor job of adequately and effectively managing radical engineers (REs). They can be found at either end of the order-chaos continuum. Successful software organizations are those that are able to balance between the extremes and manage REs effectively. In this paper, we discuss lessons learnt in managing REs from software organizations. Copyright ACM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2005 Workshop on Human and Social Factors of Software Engineering, HSSE 2005
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)1595931201, 9781595931207
DOIs
StatePublished - May 16 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event2005 Workshop on Human and Social Factors of Software Engineering, HSSE 2005 - St. Louis, United States
Duration: May 16 2005 → …

Other

Other2005 Workshop on Human and Social Factors of Software Engineering, HSSE 2005
CountryUnited States
CitySt. Louis
Period5/16/05 → …

Keywords

  • Incentives
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge management
  • Knowledge workers
  • Software development
  • Software engineers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Desouza, K. C., & Awazu, Y. (2005). Managing radical software engineers: Between order and chaos. In Proceedings of the 2005 Workshop on Human and Social Factors of Software Engineering, HSSE 2005 Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/1083106.1083110