Does distance still matter? Revisiting collaborative distributed software design
Journal article, 2018

Global software engineering requires supporting distributed collaboration for most software development activities. However, geographical distance challenges effective collaboration. Nowadays, we're witnessing significant advances in communication and collaboration technologies. So, researchers explored whether these advances enable effective remote collaboration. To that end, they studied the design activities of both colocated and distributed professional software designers. The findings are based on analysis of video recordings of design sessions and questionnaires. The researchers found that despite comprehensive technological improvements, distance still matters. To ensure effective distributed software design, designers must consider extra (nontechnical) details. This article is part of a theme issue on collaborative modeling.

software design decisions

global software engineering

collaborative software modeling

software design communication

CSCW

software design reasoning

interactive whiteboards

distributed software design

computer-supported cooperative work

collaborative software design

software development

software engineering

GSE

software models

Author

Rodi Jolak

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering for People, Architecture, Requirements and Traceability

Andreas Wortmann

RWTH Aachen University

Michel Chaudron

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering for People, Architecture, Requirements and Traceability

Bernhard Rumpe

RWTH Aachen University

IEEE Software

0740-7459 (ISSN)

Vol. 35 6 40-47 8409905

Subject Categories

Other Computer and Information Science

Design

Software Engineering

DOI

10.1109/MS.2018.290100920

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1/10/2019