Collaborative Work in GSD Workshop. Global Software Development (GSD) is a growing focus of attention in universities and firms worldwide. The motives for distributing software development on a global scale include expected reductions in costs, exploiting a broader skills base, and being closer to emerging markets. In GSD, business units collaborate across time zones, organizational boundaries, work cultures and geographical distances, something that ultimately has led to an increasing diversification and growing complexity of collaborative working practices.
The real-world practice of developing software in globally distributed projects has been viewed from various perspectives, though technical and engineering in conjunction with managerial and organizational viewpoints have dominated the research agenda so far. Successful participation in GSD, however, is ultimately a matter of the participants understanding and exploiting the particularities of their respective local contexts at specific points in time and exploring practical solutions through the resources available to local actors. During this workshop, we would like to focus on GSD as a collaborative human activity, where the participants are highly dependent on computer-based technologies to be able to cooperate across geographical boundaries and to accomplish their work.
Sep 25, 2007
University of Limerick
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