Building Communities among Software Engineers: The ViSEK Approach to Intra- and Inter-Organizational Learning

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The paper presents the concepts of the Distributed Center of Competency in Software-Engineering (ViSEK): a German national initiative to encourage intraand inter-organizational learning in the software industry. Taking a socio-cultural stance, learning is understood as enculturation in a community of practice. So community building becomes an important objective when fostering intraand inter-organizational learning. The ViSEK-project encourages community building among software-engineers at three different levels: between leading research groups, between research groups and practitioners, and among practitioners from different small and medium size enterprises (SMEs). We describe two approaches for community building more in detail: (a) an internet portal which presents software engineering knowledge and offers functionality for community support, (b) a regional network of SMEs which stimulates learning among its members in the field of usability engineering.

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-40052-3_4

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@inproceedings{Hofmann2002BuildingCA, title={Building Communities among Software Engineers: The ViSEK Approach to Intra- and Inter-Organizational Learning}, author={Britta Hofmann and Volker Wulf}, booktitle={LSO}, year={2002} }