The effects of modularity on effective communication and collaboration

Chintan Amrit, Elody Hutten

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Abstract

In this article we explore the consequences associated with a lack of coordination between the requirements engineering process and the development process. We conduct a detailed case study of an ICT department of a large European bank that develops software using the agile software development method. Our current study reveals that the application of a modular organizational design in a dynamic agile environment has a negative effect on the communication and coordination between members of different modules. More specifically, the modular design creates both a semantic and a pragmatic boundary among members of different modules, which is primarily caused by the fact that modules have differentiated tasks and often misaligned interests.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGMIS-CPR 2017
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGMIS Conference on Computers and People Research
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages33-40
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450350372
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2017
Event2017 ACM SIGMIS Conference on Computers and People Research, SIGMIS-CPR 2017 - Bangalore, India
Duration: 21 Jun 201723 Jun 2017

Conference

Conference2017 ACM SIGMIS Conference on Computers and People Research, SIGMIS-CPR 2017
Abbreviated titleSIGMIS-CPR
CountryIndia
CityBangalore
Period21/06/1723/06/17

Keywords

  • Agile software development
  • Knowledge sharing boundaries
  • Modular organization

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    Amrit, C., & Hutten, E. (2017). The effects of modularity on effective communication and collaboration. In SIGMIS-CPR 2017: Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGMIS Conference on Computers and People Research (pp. 33-40). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3084381.3084413