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dc.contributor.authorKirk, D.C.
dc.contributor.authorMacDonell, S.G.
dc.description.abstractA growing number of empirical software engineering researchers suggest that a complementary focus on theory is required if the discipline is to mature. A first step in theory-building involves the establishment of suitable theoretical constructs. For researchers studying software projects, the lack of a theoretical construct for context is problematic for both experimentation and effort estimation. For experiments, insufficiently understood contextual factors confound results, and for estimation, unstated contextual factors affect estimation reliability. We have earlier proposed a framework that we suggest may be suitable as a construct for context i.e. represents a minimal, spanning set for the space of software contexts. The framework has six dimensions, described as Who, Where, What, When, How and Why. In this paper, we report the outcomes of a pilot study to test its suitability by categorising contextual factors from the software engineering literature into the framework. We found that one of the dimensions, Why, does not represent context, but rather is associated with objectives. We also identified some factors that do not clearly fit into the framework and require fur- ther investigation. Our contributions are the pursuing of a theoretical approach to understanding software context, the initial establishment and evaluation of a construct for context and the exposure of a lack of clarity of meaning in many ‘contexts’ currently applied as factors for estimating project outcomes.en_NZ
dc.publisherACM DL (Digital Library)en_NZ
dc.rightsAll rights reserveden_NZ
dc.subjectsoftware process modelsen_NZ
dc.subjectsoftware contexten_NZ
dc.subjecttheory buildingen_NZ
dc.titleInvestigating a conceptual construct for software contexten_NZ
dc.typeConference Contribution - Paper in Published Proceedingsen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden080309 Software Engineeringen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationKirk, D., and MacDonell, S.G. (2014, May). Investigating a conceptual construct for software context. ACM (Ed.), Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE2014) (pp.27).en_NZ
unitec.publication.title18th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE2014)en_NZ
unitec.conference.title18th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE2014)en_NZ
unitec.conference.locationLondon, UKen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ

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