Distributed Teams

This Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems’ initiative is addressing software engineering, teaching, business and legal issues related to distributed teams.

Purpose and Rationale:
 
  • Development and evaluation of global software development models for Agile methodologies
  • Choice of tooling infrastructures to support global software development
  • Study of the relationships between individuals and organizations in intercultural collaborations
  • Comparison of co-located and distributed teams’ constraints and dynamics
  • Preparation of students for the realities of global software development by partnering with universities abroad

Researchers at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems are conducting activities in several aspects of distributed teams. Areas of current and future interest are delineated below, by category.

Press:

 
Software engineering issues:
 
  • Communication models to support software development
  • Tailoring Agile methodologies for distributed settings
  • Tools to support collaborative work
  • Managing product delivery quality
  • Impact of social activities on software development activities
  • Impact of culture on software development activities
  • Developing software for the developing world

Teaching issues:
 
  • Preparing students with skills for the 21st century
  • Simulating industry scenarios in the classroom setting
  • Online teaching taking into account diversity and context

Business issues:
 
  • Follow the sun management
  • Knowledge management
  • Models for effort and cost estimation  
  • Sourcing talents
  • Organizational distribution and supply-chain management
  • Oversight and governance
  • International relationship management
  • Offshore operations in the developing world
  • Comparing co-located and distributed teams

Legal issues:
 
  • Contracting
  • Individual/corporate risk
  • Intellectual property, patent and trademark law
  • Sensitive data cross jurisdictional borders
  • Compliance at the national and international levels

Videos:

Pace University IBM Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Award – Distributed Teams for Building Smarter Planet Mobile Solutions (April 2011)

 
 

Awards and Honors:
 
  • The Interpretive Work of Offshore Professionals in Intercultural Collaborations. Sharon Koppman, Elisa Mattarelli and Amar Gupta. 2013 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Honorable Mention. Finalists for the 2013 Carolyn Dexter Best International Paper Award.
  • Quality indicators on Global Software Development Projects: Does 'Getting to Know You' really matter? Olly Gotel, Vidya Kulkarni, Moniphal Say, Christelle Scharff and Thanwadee Sunetnanta. Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE, 2009), Limerick, Ireland, July 13 - 16, 2009. (Also available in the Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution: Research and Practice, Wiley-Blackwell, June 2010, DOI: 10.1002/smr.474) Best Paper Award.
 
Grants:

This initiative has been supported by grants from a number of organizations including NCIIA and IBM.
 

For additional information and interest in participation or sponsorship, please contact:

Prof. Christelle Scharff
Program Coordinator for Distributed Teams
(212) 363 -0830