For the Special issue on Qualitative Software Engineering Research

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Almost 20 years have passed since the first qualitative re- search study in software engineering was published [14]. Using qualitative methods and a qualitative analytical framework, Curtis, et al. found communication and cooper- ation to be critical factors in developing large-scale software systems. Given the importance of this study, it is perhaps sur- prising that research publications using qualitative methods are still scarce. Therefore, our goal in creating this special is- sue is to make existing qualitative research more visible and further the understanding of qualitative research and its importance in the software engineering community. Qualitative research has its main strength in exploring and illuminating the in situ practice of software engineer- ing. This is the everyday practice where software engineers interpret, appropriate, and implement the methods, tech- niques and processes of the trade. A better understanding of these in situ methods can – in turn – provide a base for their improvement.




Dittrich, Y., John, M., Singer, J., & Tessem, B. (2007, June). For the Special issue on Qualitative Software Engineering Research. Information and Software Technology, 49(6), 531–539.

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