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Navigating People Concerns when Transitioning from Sustainment to Engineering Software-Reliant Systems

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Understanding human factors are especially important as we develop new models for remote work. Managers could use human factors research to shape a remote work environment with fewer sustained work hours and fewer concurrent projects that in turn fosters more secure development practices.

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Software sustainment groups often churn out fixes that are narrowly scoped, without consideration for the global view. Effective software solutions require collaboration, leverage experience, and provide analysis of the architecture and design applied to meet the requirements.

Some ‘just wo...

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  1. Learn and apply relevant patterns and idioms.
  2. Create a defined context for your coding effort.
  3. Learn and apply modern quality assurance practices and tools.

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Engineering large, complex systems and systems-of-systems cannot be done in isolation. Engineers must create interfaces among software components and subsystems and set expectations for how the systems may behave when interacting. Groups of strong individual contributors accustomed to working pro...

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Team-building exercises can be viewed as soft by some organizations. However, their value has been proved through research showing that people are more likely to share an idea and accept feedback from someone with whom they regularly engage on topics not directly related to work.

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COVID-19 has created social distancing protocols that mandate remote work for many employees. The extra effort needed to stay connected to team members is more widely understood. Savvy managers will have remote members at the top of their checklists when making decisions that affect their teams, ...

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  • The array of contributors that feed into a large software effort create a number of potential concerns. 
  • Software delivered from contributors will be of varying quality, style, and structure. 
  • The integration into a larger syst...

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In organizations where professional-development opportunities are limited, team members’ working problems alone will not develop and enhance their skills and may not advance their careers.

One solution is to Incentivize teams through alignment with industry pay practices. Organizations can ...

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It is important to know more about these issues because an increasing amount of empirical evidence points us in this direction. Also, we believe that there is a need to change what is made available to the practitioners today in terms of software engineering knowledge, and make them realize the i...

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