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Type: Conference paper
Title: On identifying the skills needed for software architects
Author: Downey, J.
Babar, M.
Citation: International Conference on Software Engineering, 2008, pp.1-5
Publisher: ACM
Publisher Place: Online
Issue Date: 2008
ISBN: 9781605580272
ISSN: 0270-5257
Conference Name: 1st International Workshop on Leadership and Management in Software Architecture (10 May 2008 - 18 May 2008 : Leipzig, Germany)
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Jack Downey, Muhammad Ali Babar
Abstract: This position paper claims that software architects need a unique set of skills that may be difficult to gain solely from academic qualifications and/or training courses. We believe that socio-cognitive factors and artifacts with which software engineers work have a vital role in identifying the skill-set for software architects. Based on social cognitive theory and an artifact-centric framework, we have designed an instrument to investigate the skills needed by software architects. We believe that such an instrument will enable researchers and practitioners to gather the skill-set information by considering the personal traits of software architects, their behaviors, and the organization they work in together with the artifacts they use. This paper explains how the different concepts of social cognitive theory and an artifact-centric framework can stimulate discussion with software architects in order to gather information about their skills. We also briefly describe our experience of using this instrument in a pilot study.
Keywords: Skills
software development personnel
social cognitive theory
Rights: Copyright 2008 ACM
DOI: 10.1145/1373307.1373309
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