This week was our kickoff meeting for the SCALE project, an NSF-funded research collaboration on ultra-large scale software development. In this project we are working to better understand and develop technologies to support collaboration and coordination needs in very large projects that span organizational and geographic boundaries. Learn more on the project website here: http://www.coaste.org/scaleresearchgroup/

During our kickoff meeting, project members from Carnegie Mellon University, University of California at Irvine, University of Nebraska, and Bosch all convened in Pittsburgh to discuss project goals, present our preliminary results, and brainstorm on next steps. The research portfolio of our team represents the ideal combination of empirical work on organizational psychology (Brandy Aven and Linda Argote) collaboration and technology use (Laura Dabbish and Jim Herbsleb), and design and evaluation of innovative software development coordination technology (Andre van der Hoek, David Redmiles and Anita Sarma). In our sessions we identified interesting ways our research complements each other and identified collaboration opportunities within the team. Ultimately our goal is to develop coordination systems and organizational processes that will make large-scale and distributed project awareness, communication, and coordination as effortless as in a small team. We are off to a great start and I’m really looking forward to working together!

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