ISR Distinguished Speaker

Daniela Damian

“Never Alone: How Collaboration has Changed and Is Changing in Software Development”
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Donald Bren Hall (building #314), room 6011

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Human processes of communication and coordination have always been recognized as key enablers of innovation in software projects. Key to requirements understanding, or coordinating about large code bases, effective collaboration is what makes projects succeed or fail. Global software development introduced a new layer of challenges as distributed teams had to overcome obstacles due to cultural, temporal and organizational distance. Collaboration at scale has also been happening in large, distributed open source projects, and more recently with software as a service and software development business models such as coopetition in software ecosystems. This talk will bring empirical insights to discuss how collaboration has evolved from supporting inter-team cooperative work to enabling large scale cross-organizational partnerships within software ecosystems, and what these changes mean to software development.

About the Speaker: 

Daniela Damian is a Professor of Software Engineering in University of Victoria’s Department of Computer Science, where she leads research in the Software Engineering Global interAction Laboratory (SEGAL, Her research interests include Empirical Software Engineering, Requirements Engineering, and Global Software Development. Her recent work has studied the developers’ socio-technical coordination in large, geographically distributed software projects, as well as stakeholder management in large software ecosystems. Her study of software practice is primarily conducted in collaborations with large corporations such as IBM, Siemens, Dell. Daniela has served on the program committee boards of several software engineering conferences. She is currently serving on the editorial boards of Transactions on Software Engineering, the Journal of Requirements Engineering, is the Requirements Engineering Area Editor for the Journal of Empirical Software Engineering, and the Human Aspects Area Editor for the Journal of Software and Systems. She has recently been awarded as a New Zealand Royal Society's International Leader to study Influence in Software Ecosystems. She can be contacted at