Dynamics of Collaborative Work in Global Software Development Environment

2009-10-23
Swigger, Kathleen
Alpaslan, Ferda Nur
Brazile, Robert
Dafoulas, Georges
Cabrera, Victor Lopez
Serçe, Fatma Cemile
This study aims to explore the dynamics of collaborative work in global software development projects. The study explored the nature of collaboration, the patterns of collaborative behaviors in different tasks in computer science, and the impact of the tasks to the collaboration among students. Four different collaborative software development tasks were assigned to the globally distributes teams. The study used data from 230 students from five universities, namely Atilim University (Turkey), Middle East Technical University (Turkey), Universidad Tecnologica de Panama (Panama), University of North Texas (US), and Middlesex University (UK). The findings involve the recommendations for building effective collaborative working environments and guidelines for building collaborative virtual communities.