Exploring Collaboration Patterns among Global Software Development

SERÇE, fatma cemile
SWİGGER, kathleen
Alpaslan, Ferda Nur
BRAZİLE, robert
DAFOULAS, georges
CABRERA, Victor Lopez
This study examines communication behaviors in global software student teams. The authors of the paper characterize the types of communication behaviors that occur when student teams are engaged in a software development project. The authors present findings from a one-semester study that examined factors contributing to successful distributed programming interactions among students enrolled at the University of Atilim (Turkey), Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, University of North Texas, and Middlesex University (UK). Using content and cluster analyses techniques, we identified distinct patterns of collaboration and examined how these patterns were associated with task, culture, GPA, and performance of collaborative teams. Our results suggest that communication patterns among global software learners may be related to task type, culture and GPA. It is hoped that these findings will lead to the development of new strategies for improving communication among global software teams.


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Citation Formats
f. c. SERÇE, k. SWİGGER, F. N. Alpaslan, r. BRAZİLE, g. DAFOULAS, and V. L. CABRERA, “Exploring Collaboration Patterns among Global Software Development,” 2009, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/35607.