International Workshop on

Global Software Development

ICSE Workshop: A co-located event at ICSE 2003
May 9th, 2003
Portland, Oregon, USA

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Call for Papers
Last Year's GSD Discussion
Past GSDs: 2002, 2001,
2000, 1999, 1998
Schedule, Papers and Slides Published Workshop Description Published Workshop Proceedings

Organizing Committee

Daniela Damian (email)
Filippo Lanubile (email)
Heather L. Oppenheimer
University of Victoria
BC, Canada
University of Bari
Lucent Technologies

Workshop Description

Increased globalization of software development creates software engineering challenges due to the impact of temporal, geographical and cultural differences, and requires development of techniques and technologies to address these issues. The goal of this workshop is to provide an opportunity for researchers and industry practitioners to explore both the state-of-the art and the state-of-the-practice in global software development (GSD). The workshop will foster interaction between practitioners and researchers and help grow a community of interest in this area. Practitioners experiencing challenges in GSD are invited to share their concerns and successful solutions, and learn will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the key issues facing practitioners and share their work in progress with others in the field.

The workshop is a continuation of the last five ICSE workshops on the same topic. Our workshop at ICSE last year, after changing the title from the technology-focused "Software Engineering over the Internet" to the more general "Global Software Development", showed increased interest from the software practitioners and generated fruitful discussions between industry and academia. The report summarizing these discussions can be found at here

This year at ICSE 2003 we want to continue and draw upon this interaction between academia and industry in addressing the issues of Global Software Development. We thus solicit two types of papers:

(1) position papers (1-2 pages) that describe a statement of interest, a concern or challenge, or a research opportunity

(2) technical papers (3-5 pages) that describe experience reports, technological solutions or methodological approaches.

Paper selection will be based on relevance to the workshop topic and potential to generate discussion.

Topics of submission may include, but are not limited to:

  • Empirical evaluations of effectiveness of global software projects
  • Technologies & tools for distributed development environments
  • Software engineering methodologies & processes for GSD
  • Communication, collaboration, and knowledge management in distributed organizations


9:00-9:30 Warm up Participants introduce themselves (slides)
9:30-10:30 Keynote and Discussion Jim Herbsleb (slides)
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break [ICSE]
11:00-12:30 Tool Support
12:30-14:00 Lunch [ICSE]
14:00-15:30 Empirical Studies and Experience Reports (1)
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break [ICSE]
16:00-17:00 Empirical Studies and Experience Reports (2)
17:00-17:30 Plenary Discussion and Wrap up Integrate the Presenetations

Create a list of:

  • issues discussed,
  • solutions proposed,
  • conclusions reached,
  • disagreements identified,
  • topics to be researched further

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Last Modified: April 13, 2004