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Collaboration Patterns in Distributed Software Development Projects



Igor Cavrak , Marin Orlic , Ivica Crnkovic

Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper


ICSE 2012, Zurich, Switzerland Software Engineering Education




The need for educating future software engineers in the field of global software engineering is recognized by many educational institutions. In this paper we outline the characteristics of an existing global software development course run over a period of nine years, and present a flexible project framework for conducting student projects in a distributed environment. Based on data collected from fourteen distributed student projects, a set of collaboration patterns is identified and their causes and implications described. Collaboration patterns are a result of the analysis of collaboration links within distributed student teams, and can assist teachers in better understanding of the dynamics found in distributed projects.


author = {Igor Cavrak and Marin Orlic and Ivica Crnkovic},
title = {Collaboration Patterns in Distributed Software Development Projects},
editor = {IEEE},
pages = {1256--1265},
month = {June},
year = {2012},
booktitle = {ICSE 2012, Zurich, Switzerland Software Engineering Education},
publisher = {IEEE},
url = {}