A preliminary user evaluation of an infrastructure to support Activity-Based Computing in global software development (ABC4GSD)

Paolo Tell, Muhammad Ali Babar, John Grundy

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Abstract

Global Software Engineering (GSE) teams face challenges due to the need to replace traditional physical presence interactions and co-ordination with computer-mediated means. A vast majority of the available tool support for distributed collaboration is deep-seated in a desktop metaphor introduced in the '70s, and huge efforts are being devoted to overcome its known limitations. Over the last few years we have looked into the feasibility of providing an approach based on Activity-Based Computing (ABC) to address these issues in a novel way. We have developed a middleware and support tool, ABC4GSD, to enable collaborative distributed features in an application, while maintaining common interactions with the workstation that users are accustomed to. In this paper we present the results of a user evaluation we conducted on ABC4GSD using exemplar GSE scenarios. Participants' responses show positive and encouraging reception of the activity-based approach to supporting GSE.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE 8th International Conference on Global Software Engineering, ICGSE 2013
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages100-109
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780768550572
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE 8th International Conference on Global Software Engineering, ICGSE 2013 - Bari, Italy
Duration: 26 Aug 201329 Aug 2013

Conference

ConferenceIEEE 8th International Conference on Global Software Engineering, ICGSE 2013
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityBari
Period26/08/1329/08/13

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