The challenges of teaching students how to work in global software teams

Swigger, Kathleen
Alpaslan, Ferda Nur
Brazile, Robert
Dafoulas, Georges
Cabrera, Victor Lopez
Serçe, Fatma Cemile
This paper describes a multi-year project that is examining ways to improve global software learning teams. Students from the University of North Texas, Middlesex, University of Atilim, Middle East Technical University, and Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá are teamed and asked to collaborate on a number of different software projects. The paper explains the overall goals for the research project; it describes the student teams and their various assignments; and it presents results from data gathered from the group programming tasks. The findings are presented, and some recommendations for teaching global software development are provided


The temporal communication behaviors of global software student teams
SWİGGER, Kathleen; Hoyt, Matthew; Serce, Fatma Cemile; Alpaslan, Ferda Nur (2012-03-01)
This paper examines the global software development process by using content analysis techniques, as described in an earlier study (Serce et al., 2011), to determine time-variant patterns of communication behaviors among student teams engaged in a global software development project. Data gathered from two software development projects involving students in the US, Panama, and Turkey were used to determine how globally distributed team behavior is temporally patterned in complex ways. A formal, quantitative...
The Challenges of International Computer-Supported Collaboration
Swigger, Kathleen; Alpaslan, Ferda Nur; Brazile, Robert; Harrington, Bryan (2004-10-23)
This paper discusses results of a study analyzing how cultural factors affect the performance of distributed collaborative learning teams. Participants in the study included computer science students from the University of North Texas and students from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. The results indicate that a team's cultural attributes are a significant predictor of its performance on programming projects. Cultural attributes most strongly correlated to group performance were those...
Using data analytics for collaboration patterns in distributed software team simulations
Dafoulas, Georgios A.; Serce, Fatma C.; SWİGGER, Kathleen; BRAZİLE, Robert; Alpaslan, Ferda Nur; Alpaslan, Ferda Nur; Milewski, Allen (2016-08-05)
This paper discusses how previous work on global software development learning teams is extended with the introduction of data analytics. The work is based on several years of studying student teams working in distributed software team simulations. The scope of this paper is twofold. First it demonstrates how data analytics can be used for the analysis of collaboration between members of distributed software teams. Second it describes the development of a dashboard to be used for the visualization of variou...
Exploring the communication behaviour among global software development learners
Serçe, Fatma Cemile; Swigger, Kathleen; Alpaslan, Ferda Nur; Brazile, Robert; Dafoulas, Georges; Cabrera, Victor Lopez (Inderscience Publishers, 2011-01-01)
This study examines communication behaviours in global software learning teams. Using a coding scheme developed in previous research (Curtis and Lawson, 2001), the paper characterises communication behaviours of students engaged in a software development project. The paper reports the results of two pilot projects done with students in USA, England, Turkey and Panama. Through content analysis we identify distinct patterns of interactions and examine how these patterns are associated with task, culture, or p...
Interaction patterns among global software development learning teams
SERÇE, fatma cemile; SWİGGER, kathleen; Alpaslan, Ferda Nur; BRAZİLE, robert; DAFOULAS, georges; CABRERA, Victor Lopez (2009-05-22)
This paper describes a study of the impact of communication behaviors on the performance of global software teams. Using a content analysis technique developed by [10], the researchers first characterized the asynchronous communications among student teams in Panama, Turkey and the US as they worked to complete a global software development project. Cluster analysis was then used to identify groups with similar communication patterns, which is defined as the proportion of time spent on each of the behaviors...
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K. Swigger, F. N. Alpaslan, R. Brazile, G. Dafoulas, V. L. Cabrera, and F. C. Serçe, “The challenges of teaching students how to work in global software teams,” presented at the IEEE Transforming Engineering Education: Creating Interdisciplinary Skills for Complex Global Environments (2010), Dublin, Ireland, 2010, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: