New paper published in Interactions on the NexGSD project by Pernille Bjørn

Bjørn, Pernille. “New fundamentals for CSCW research: from distance to politics.” interactions 23.3 (2016): 50-53. [url]

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NexGSD’s researcher involved in ICGSE2016

Another NexGSD’s researcher, Paolo Tell (IT University of Copenhagen), involved in the 11th IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering as workshop co-chair.

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NexGSD PhD defence: Mansooreh Zahedi

NexGSD’s Mansooreh Zahedi successfully defended her PhD thesis on January 12th 2016 at IT University of Copenhagen with the title: An Empirical Investigation of Knowledge Sharing in Global Software Development.

With close collaboration of two industrial partners, the dissertation has systematically designed and rigorously executed multiple case studies to gain and share in-depth understanding of knowledge sharing challenges and implemented practices within two organizational models of GSD and socio-technical structures. The findings from this research highlight the differences and similarities of knowledge sharing challenges and implemented strategies depending upon organizational models of GSD and associated socio-technical structures – one of the studied organizations have implemented an artifactual approach to knowledge sharing that appeared suitable to loosely coupled work structure, standardization and formal communication patterns; another organization chose to make significant commitment to build and leverage social ties to support knowledge sharing as they had tightly coupled work structure, flat communication patterns and motivating group problem solving. The findings from all case studies have been critically analyzed and systematically discussed to draw up a set of recommendations for practitioners to gain inspirations for devising appropriate knowledge sharing strategies and for researchers to identify the areas that need further research to understand and support knowledge sharing problems in GSD.

Mansooreh’s thesis was supervised by Professor Ali Babar and assessed by Professor Christof Ebert (University of Stuttgart), Professor Martin Host (Lund University) and Associate Professor Mar Alaranta (ITU).


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NexGSD’s Morten Esbensen has defended his PhD

Morten Esbensen defended his PhD dissertation on the 6th of January at the IT University of Copenhagen.  In his dissertation, Morten explored how novel video-communication tools can provide support for distributed agile software development.  The dissertation introduces two new video-communication tools—SideBar and dBoard—which were both developed to provide better communication facilities for distributed software developers.

Based on studies of these tools and an ethnographic study of a distributed Scrum team working between Denmark and India, Morten discusses the concept of Collaborative Windows, a new type of video-communication tools tailored to provide support for highly collaborative distributed work.

We would like to congratulate Morten on this achievement, and thank him for his contributions to the NexGSD project.

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NexGSD researcher involved in ICGSE2016

The 11th IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering will held at University of California, Irvine, and NexGSD researcher Pernille Bjørn (University of Copenhagen, DIKU) is part of the program committee. Abstract submissions are January 29th and Paper submissions are February 5th 2016

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Special Issue on Social Networks in Software engineering

New Thematic journal Issue on Social Networks in Software engineering is out where NexGSD researcher Pernille Bjørn (University of Copenhagen, DIKU) have collaborated with international researchers Marco Gerosa (Sao Paolo University, Brazil), David Redmiles (University of California, Irvine), and Anita Sarma (Oregon State University, USA) over the last two years to put together this special issue. The issue have been published Open-Access in the Journal of Internet Services and Applications – and all papers are free for download:

Gerosa, Marco Aurelio, Redmiles, David, Bjørn, Pernille, & Sarma, Anita. (2015). Editoral: Thematic series on software engineering from a social network perspective. Journal of Internet Services and Applications, 6(23), 1-5. doi: 10.1186/s13174-015-0038-0  

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New article by Thomas Tøth – Global collaboration: Knowledge sharing doesn’t come naturally.

NexGSD’s Thomas Tøth recently got a new article published in the online magazine Lederne

The article can be found at

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Tools4Agile [#AgilityLab Copenhagen]


PitLab and the NexGSD research project hosted on September 17 at ITU the “Tools4Agile” event organized by the #AgilityLab Copenhagen.

Together with presentations from and Atlassian, we have provided hands-on demonstrations of two research prototypes developed to support distributed teams.  In particular, we showcased:

– Laevo [], a Temporal Desktop Interface for Integrated Knowledge Work;
– dBoard [], a combined video-conferencing and Scrum board tool.

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Newspaper reference: The Difficult Art of Collaboration

The NexGSD project is being referenced: Most recently IT-Director at JP/Politikens hus reflects on NexGSD’s Thomas Tøths’ dissertation  in an article in Jyllands-Posten. Read the article here: here

Thomas Tøth har skrevet en ph.d.-afhandling på Copenhagen Business School (CBS) om globalt samarbejde inden for it-arbejde og fungerer i dag som konsulent inden for området hos firmaet MIO Management. For at forklare vanskelighederne ved de virtuelle teams beskriver han fordelene ved det fysiske nærvær. Når vi sidder sammen, består næsten 90 pct. af vores ansigts til ansigts-tid af non-verbal kommunikation, hvor vi indirekte og ubevidst interagerer med hinanden. Alligevel aflæser vi løbende hinandens reaktioner og humør. På den måde er der meget, vi ikke behøver at fortælle hin- anden, samtidig med at vi lige kan spørge, hvis vi er i tvivl. Endelig opbygger vi sociale relationer ved de små møder ved kaffeautomaten, julefrokosten og alt det, der også foregår på en arbejdsplads. Alt sammen er med til at opbygge tillid. Og har vi tillid, stoler vi på, at kollegaerne nok skal løse deres del af projektet. Modsat er det med kollegaer, der befinder sig i et andet land – eller i en anden by. Her er der ofte nærmest ingen relation, og tillidsskabelsen har ringe vilkår. Derfor er det nødvendigt at gennemføre en række praktiske tiltag, når specialister skal arbejde sammen på afstand.

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New academic partner in NexGSD


The Computer Science department at University of Copenhagen (DIKU) is a new partner in the NexGSD research project. By including DIKU we are able to continue NexGSD strong research in ethnographic studies of collaboration in global software development – particular focusing on the politics and practices involved in such work. NexGSD’s Pernille Bjørn will continue conducting NexGSD research activities in her new role as Professor at DIKU together with PhD student Stina Matthiessen, who will be moving from ITU to DIKU in October 2015.



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