An Empirical Study of the Impact of Asynchronous Discussions on Remote Synchronous Requirements Meetings

  • Daniela Damian
  • Filippo Lanubile
  • Teresa Mallardo
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3922)


Our research explores the combination of synchronous and asynchronous collaboration tools for global software development. In this paper we assess the impact of tool-mediated inspections to improve requirements negotiation meetings with stakeholders spread over different continents. We present the design of our investigation in an educational environment, in a course where the clients and developers in a software project were in geographically distributed locations. In particular, we studied the usefulness of asynchronous discussions in IBIS tool in enabling more effective requirements negotiations meetings. Our findings indicate that the requirements negotiations were more effective when the groups conducted asynchronous discussions prior to the synchronous negotiation meetings.


Open Issue Software Project Requirement Elicitation Requirement Document Global Software Development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniela Damian
    • 1
  • Filippo Lanubile
    • 2
  • Teresa Mallardo
    • 2
  1. 1.Computer Engineering DepartmentUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Dipartimento di InformaticaUniversity of BariBariItaly

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