How Software Practitioners Use Informal Local Meetups to Share Software Engineering Knowledge

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Informal technology "meetups" have become an important aspect of the software development community, engaging many thousands of practitioners on a regular basis. However, although local technology meetups are well-attended by developers, little is known about their motivations for participating, the type or usefulness of information that they acquire, and how local meetups might differ from and complement other available communication channels for software engineering information. We interviewed the leaders of technology-oriented Meetup groups, and collected quantitative information via a survey distributed to participants in technology-oriented groups. Our findings suggest that participants in these groups are primarily experienced software practitioners, who use Meetup for staying abreast of new developments, building local networks and achieving transfer of rich tacit knowledge with peers to improve their practice. We also suggest that face to face meetings are useful forums for exchanging tacit knowledge and contextual information needed for software engineering practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication42nd International Conference on Software Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2020
Event42nd International Conference on Software Engineering ICSE 2020 - South Korea, Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 23 May 202029 May 2020
Conference number: 42


Conference42nd International Conference on Software Engineering ICSE 2020
Abbreviated titleICSE
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
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  • informal networks
  • meetup
  • knowledge sharing
  • developer communities

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