The University of Sussex

Independent validation of specifications: a coordination headache

Steve Easterbrook, John Callahan

Large, complex projects face significant barriers to coordination and communication due to continuous, rapid changes during a project's lifecycle. Such changes must be tracked, analysed and reconciled to ensure high quality in the end-product, otherwise problems may get lost or be ignored in the overall complexity. We report on 'work-in-progress' in the study of coordination problems between two independent, separate groups: software development and software analysis. We have begun to construct a taxonomy of coordination problem, which we illustrate with two scenarios. We briefly describe current attempts to introduce incremental improvements to coordination problems in such projects via www tools. Based on actual project experiences, we plan to deploy such tools in a non-intrusive fashion to improve coordination and communication between software development groups.

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