Perceptions of creativity in software engineering research and practice

Rahul Mohanani, Prabhat Ram, Ahmed Lasisi, Paul Ralph, Burak Turhan

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 43rd Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications, SEAA 2017
Subtitle of host publication30 August – 1 September 2017 Vienna, Austria
EditorsMichael Felderer, Helena Holmström Olsson, Amund Skavhaug
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781538621400, 9781538621417
ISBN (Print)9781538621424
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventEuromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications 2017 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 30 Aug 20171 Sep 2017
Conference number: 43rd


ConferenceEuromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications 2017
Abbreviated titleSEAA 2017
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  • Creativity
  • Interviews
  • Software engineering
  • Systematic mapping

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