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R. Mohanani, P. Ram, A. Lasisi, P. Ralph and B. Turhan, "Perceptions of Creativity in Software Engineering Research and Practice," 2017 43rd Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA), Vienna, Austria, 2017, pp. 210-217, doi: 10.1109/SEAA.2017.21

Perceptions of creativity in software engineering research and practice

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Author: Mohanani, Rahul1; Ram, Prabhat1; Lasisi, Ahmed1;
Organizations: 1M3S (M-Group), University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
3Department of Computer Science, Brunel University London, United Kingdom
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2017
Publish Date: 2021-03-17


Software engineering, especially design and requirements engineering, is intensely creative. However, practitioners and researchers appear to perceive creativity differently, hindering knowledge transfer. To explore and understand these perceptual differences, this paper combines a systematic mapping study of SE research literature with an interview study of practitioners. The subsequent analysis of 84 primary studies and 17 semi-structured interviews reveal some agreement (e.g. creativity is a process that produces novel and useful ideas). However, it also reveals important differences in the way creativity is conceptualized, measured and improved. These differences undermine evidence-based techniques to enhance and measure creativity in SE research and practice.

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Series: Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications
ISSN: 1089-6503
ISSN-E: 2376-9505
ISSN-L: 1089-6503
ISBN: 978-1-5386-2141-7
ISBN Print: 978-1-5386-2142-4
Pages: 210 - 217
DOI: 10.1109/SEAA.2017.21
Host publication: 2017 43rd Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA)
Conference: Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
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