April 2014

Software Technology magazine2

The IEEE Software Technology Magazine has published an article co-authored by NeXGSD member Muhammad Ali Babar with the title “Collaborative Software Development Platforms for Outsourcing” which was introduced in the march edition as follows:

“Outsourcing to the crowd, or crowdsourcing, has launched extremely successful businesses, such as Linux. But platforms for efficient collaboration and crowdsourcing support are still emerging. This article provides an overview of current technologies for crowdsourcing.”

IEEE Software is a bimonthly magazine with a mission to build the community of leading software practitioners and delivering a reliable, useful, leading-edge software development information to keep engineeers and managers abreast of rapid technology change. The authority on translating software theory into practice, the magazine positions itself between pure research and pure practice, transferring ideas, methods, and experiences among researchers and engineers. Peer-reviewed articles and columns by real-world experts illuminate all aspects of the industry, including process improvement, project management, development tools, software maintenance, Web applications and opportunities, testing, usability, and much more.

abMuhammad Ali Babar is Associate Professor in the Software Development Group (SDG) at the IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Previously he has been senior researcher with Lero, University of Limerick, Ireland, involved in several R&D projects with organizations like National ICT Australia (NICTA) and JRCASE and worked as a software engineer and IT consultant for several years in Australia. Dr. Ali Babar obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the school of computer science and engineering of University of New South Wales and a M.Sc. degree in Computing Sciences from University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Further details about his work are available on his personal blog
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October 2013

The Danish Union of Leaders/Managers (Lederne) has published NexGSD member Thomas Tøth’s article “Global teams: creating a good framework for collaboration” in their magazine launched on 9th October. The article is available at ledelseidag.dk in Danish and concludes that when working in distributed teams we need to think and act differently and we need to accept a higher level of control than we are accustomed to in collocated teams. Furthermore, the article summarizes that in order to successfully establish trust in global teams we need to:

    1. Start slow. Increase risk over time to get off to a good start.
    2. Use role descriptions and introduce every single team-member: Why is he here and what is he expected to contribute with?
    3. Imitate the work life of a collocated team
    4. Use control mechanisms to make the ‘invisible work’ visible. Controls are necessary in distributed teams

Thomas Tøth is a PhD fellow at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). Thomas Tøth’s research focusses on how efficient team work and team spirit can be established in teams that are geographically dispersed and culturally diverse with specific focus on cooperation between Indian vendors and subsidiaries and counterparts in Northern Europe. Specifically Thomas Tøth is currently researching how trust is created and sustained in geographically dispersed and culturally diverse teams and how factors such as processes; organizational design; cultural intelligence; control mechanisms; and maturity in virtual communication using collaboration software affects the ability to work efficiently in such teams.
Read more about Thomas and the rest of the NexGSD team