Collaboration in Distributed Software Development

  • Filippo Lanubile
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5413)


Software development is an intense collaborative process where success depends on the ability to create, share and integrate information. Given the trend towards globalization in the software development industry, distance creates an additional challenge to development processes, as fewer opportunities for rich interaction and lower frequencies of direct communication. The chapter introduces a taxonomy of software engineering tools for distributed projects and presents collaborative development environments, ranging from classic platforms for dispersed developers in open source software projects to modern environments for flexible and distributed processes. Moreover, it introduces computer-mediated communication theories which reveal some patterns of tool usage to overcome the challenges of distance. Building upon the theoretical background of media selection, the chapter summarizes research activities aimed to build an evidence-based model of task-technology fit for communication-intensive activities such as distributed requirements workshops.


Distributed software development global software development computer-supported cooperative work collaborative development environments 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Filippo Lanubile
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di InformaticaUniversity of BariBariItaly

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