‘Listening to the Voices of the Users' in Product Based Software Development

‘Listening to the Voices of the Users' in Product Based Software Development

Netta Iivari (University of Oulu, Finland) and Tonja Molin-Juustila (University of Oulu, Finland)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/jthi.2009070103


(IT) development, but it is often challenging, especially in the product based software development context. This article critically examines the practice of ‘listening to the voices of the users’; how it is accomplished in product based software development. First literature addressing users’ role in the product development context is reviewed. Afterwards, empirical analysis in three IT companies involved in product business but with different degrees of productization is carried out. In the analysis, the focus is on: 1) Where do the uses’ voices come from? 2) When are the users’ voices listened to? 3) What happens to the users’ voices; whether and how do they affect the development? 4) What are the challenges and particularities of each case? The analysis reveals similarities but also clear differences between the cases. Implications both for theory and practice discussed.

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