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The Faculty of Informatics at the Vienna University of Technology in
cooperation with the IEEE Technology Management Council Central Europe
invite you to:

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Prof. Dr. Daniela Damian, University of Victoria, Canada.

"Collaborative software development and social networks in action:
A framework and experiences from studies of collaboration and project
outcomes in global software teams"

October 8, 2008 18:00-19:00 + refreshments

at the lecture room:
EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS
1040 Vienna, Gußhausstr. 25-29, EG
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ABSTRACT

Software engineering research has documented, over the last ten years,
communication problems faced by software teams and how they affect
processes of coordination and integration, ultimately leading to poor
software quality and dissatisfied customers. In global teams in
particular ineffective communication leads to lack of awareness of
related work and progress in the project. This in turn significantly
impacts the quality of social interaction and collaboration of those
that have coordination needs due to technical dependencies in the
project. In this talk I discuss experiences from a series of studies
that employed a social network approach in the study of communication of
global software development teams in two large international
organizations. Our findings (1) confirm that communication does indeed
play a crucial role in affecting the quality of project outcomes and (2)
provide some insights into patterns of information flow in teams with
high coordination needs. Finally, we describe a framework for
constructing social networks by mining data from large software
repositories in order to study collaboration of distributed teams. We
discuss implications for software practice and highlight some challenges
in conducting research in global software development with social
network approaches.

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BIOGRAPHY

Daniela Damian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer
Science, where she leads research in the Software Engineering Global
interAction Laboratory (SEGAL, segal.uvic.ca). Her broad research
interests include Software Engineering, Computer-supported Cooperative
Work and Human-Computer Interaction. Daniela was the program co-chair
for the First International Conference on Global Software Engineering
(ICGSE06), and a guest editor of Special issues on Global Software
Engineering in the IEEE Software Magazine (2006) and Journal of Software
Process Improvement and Practice (2003 and 2008). She serves on the
Steering Committee for the Conference on Global Software Engineering,
editorial boards of the Journals of Empirical Software Engineering,
Requirements Engineering, Human Computer Studies and Software Process
Improvement and Practice, as well as on the program committee boards of
several conferences including the Int’l Conference on Software
Engineering and Foundations of Software Engineering. Daniela has studied
practices of global software development in large organizations such as
Unisys, Dell and IBM, and now at Siemens. She is an IBM Visiting
Research Fellow. Contact her at danielad@cs.uvic.ca.

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CONTACT PERSON at TU Vienna

Prof. Schahram Dustdar
Information Systems Institute
http://www.infosys.tuwien.ac.at/Staff/sd/

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NOTE
Attendance free. Lecture in English.



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Schahram Dustdar
Full Professor
Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Distributed Systems Group (DSG),
Information Systems Institute

A-1040 Wien, Argentinierstrasse 8/184-1
Tel +43-1-58801-18414   Fax +43-1-58801-18491
URL: http://www.infosys.tuwien.ac.at/Staff/sd/
http://www.VitaLab.tuwien.ac.at
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Michael Kipar
TU-Wien
Institut f. Informationssysteme - AB Verteile Systeme 184/1
Tel: 01/58801-18411    email: kipar@infosys.tuwien.ac.at
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