In this chapter, we investigate the social and communication challenges surrounding usability information sharing. Our objective is to investigate a communication paradox: software development teams, consisting of usability engineers, software developers, and project managers, chose communication channels to use every day that are not channels they prefer to use. This paradox was discovered in a survey and explored further in interviews with software development teams. Results indicated that challenges with common ground and work coupling affect the extent to which the affordances of different communication channels can be taken advantage of. The value of this study highlights and explains the paradox from a time-space perspective and provides insight to usability information sharing among software engineering teams. Future work includes investigating the effect of social capital on communication channel preference along with understanding how important usability issues can be discussed in complex teams.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Interpersonal Relations and Social Patterns in Communication Technologies|
|Subtitle of host publication||Discourse Norms, Language Structures and Cultural Variables|
|Number of pages||16|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2010|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Sciences(all)