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Constructing common information spaces in global software development

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Show simple item record Bannon, Liam J. Avram, Gabriela 2012-05-10T15:16:15Z 2012-05-10T15:16:15Z 2006
dc.identifier.citation The Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems en_US
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper examines some of the issues involved in the coordination of geographically distributed software development teams. In recent years, the phenomenon of global software development (GSD) has become widespread, for a variety of reasons such as “chasing the sun”, purportedly lower costs in certain countries, labour availability, market accessibility, etc. It is often assumed that the problems of time and distance separating team members can be handled through modern computing and telecommunications hardware and software. However, many voices are now being raised pointing to on-going difficulties in maintaining shared awareness of project status, lack of contextual information, and difficulties in understanding across different cultures. We have recently begun a project investigating the social, organizational and cultural aspects of global software development, focusing on the work practices of the team members, in order to document and analyse concrete instances of communication and coordination difficulties. Our perspective on this area is informed by earlier work in the Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) research field, especially concerning the work that people must do to make sense of each other, whether in face-to-face, or computer-mediated interaction. In this paper we discuss one concept, that of Common Information Spaces (CISs), and show how we believe that this concept might be useful in helping to analyse some of the ways in which distributed teams achieve some level of mutual understanding. We briefly illustrate our account with reference to some early fieldwork material we have gathered. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries The Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems;
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.subject common information spaces en_US
dc.subject bug-tracking en_US
dc.subject translation en_US
dc.subject boundary objects en_US
dc.title Constructing common information spaces in global software development en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI en_US
dc.relation.projectid 03/IN3/1408C en_US

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