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

: Hofmann, B.; Wulf, V.


Henninger, S.:
Advances in learning software organizations : 4th international workshop, Chicago, IL, USA, August 6, 2002; revised papers, LSO 2002
Berlin: Springer, 2003 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 2640)
ISBN: 3-540-20591-8
ISSN: 0302-9743
International Workshop on Advances in Learning Software Organizations (LSO) <4, 2002, Chicago/Ill.>
Fraunhofer FIT ()

The paper presents the concepts of the Distributed Center of Competency in Software-Engineering (ViSEK): a German national initiative to encourage intra- and 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 intra- and 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.