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Type: Conference paper
Title: Activity theory applied to global software engineering: theoretical foundations and implications for tool builders
Author: Tell, P.
Babar, M.A.
Citation: Proceedings, 2012 IEEE Seventh International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE 2012), 2012 / pp.21-30
Publisher: IEEE
Issue Date: 2012
ISBN: 9780769547879
Conference Name: 2012 IEEE 7th International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE 2012) (27 Aug 2012 - 30 Aug 2012 : Porto Alegre, Brazil)
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Paolo Tell, Muhammad Ali Babar
Abstract: Although a plethora of tools are available for Global Software Engineering (GSE) teams, it is being realized increasingly that the most prevalent desktop metaphor underpinning the majority of tools have several inherent limitations. We have proposed that Activity-Based Computing (ABC) can be a promising alternative to build tools for GSE. However, significant effort is required to introduce a new paradigm; there is a need of sound theoretical foundation based on activity theory to address challenges faced by tools in GSE. This paper reports our effort aimed at building theoretical foundations for applying activity theory to GSE. We analyze and explain the fundamental concepts of activity theory, and how they can be applied by using examples of software architecture design and evaluation processes. We describe the kind of data model and architectural support required for applying activity theory in building supporting infrastructure for GSE, and describe a proof of concept prototype.
Keywords: Global software engineering; Activity theory
Rights: © 2012 IEEE
RMID: 0030007888
DOI: 10.1109/ICGSE.2012.24
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