International Conference on
Global Software Engineering

ICGSE 2006
Costão do Santinho, Florianópolis, Brazil
October 16-19 2006

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Road Blocks and Enablers for Global SW Engineering Projects
Monday, October 16, 01:30pm-03:00pm

Global software engineering is of growing importance due to reasons of skills, load balancing, response time, local presence and efficiency. However, good software engineering practice states to work with collocated teams for highest productivity and quality. Many GSE projects have run into road blocks related to cultural diversity, insufficient communication, or simply inadequate management. This panel brings together practitioners and researchers from several continents to review road blocks to successful GSE and how they can be removed. The panelists will propose from their experiences and research how to build upon known enablers and success factors and how to effectively cope with road blocks and risks.

Confirmed panelists:
   - Jorge Audy, PUCRS, Brazil
   - Suttamally Balasubramaniyan, Wipro, India
   - Augusto Gadelha, MCT, Brazil
   - Michael Heiss, Siemens, Austria
Chair: Christof Ebert, Alcatel, France

Requirements Engineering in Distributed Projects
Tuesday, October 17, 11:00am-12:30pm

The panel brings together researchers as well as practitioners to discuss the challenges brought by distribution to activities of Requirements Engineering. The role of improved processes and supporting tools will be discussed, as well as challenges in researching their design and evaluation in global teams. Different perspectives from academics as well as pracitioners will be sought, with the intention of fostering analysis of state-of-the-art as well as drafting a research agenda to tackle the identified problems.

Confirmed panelists:
   - Steve Abrams, IBM, USA
   - Brian Berenbach, Siemens, USA
   - Daniel Berry, University of Waterloo, Canada
   - Bernd Bruegge, University of Munchen, Germany
Chair: Daniela Damian, Univ of Victoria, Canada

Coping with Cultural Diversity in GSE Environments
Wednesday, October 18, 03:30pm-05:00pm

This panel brings together university researchers and industry practitioners from several continents to discuss cultural diversity issues that arise in GSE environments and the methods they propose to cope with these cultural diversity issues. The panelists will discuss language, cultural barriers, cultural values and communication styles as perceived by the various country cultures represented in the panel.

Confirmed panelists:
   - Ronald Dauscha, Siemens, Brazil
   - Eduardo Frias, Dell, Argentina
   - Dehua Ju, East China Univ Science and Tech, China
   - Juergen Kazmeier, Siemens, USA
   - Allen Milewski, Monmouth Univ, USA
Chair: Alberto Avritzer, Siemens, USA

Methods and Tools for Collaboration in GSE Environments
Thursday, October 19, 11:00am-12:30pm

Global software engineering projects are often difficult due to time and distance issues as distributed team members must collaborate on key artifacts such as the system architecture description. This panel discusses some of the tools and methods being used to overcome these issues for achieving efficient collaborative work. The panelists will identify the types of tools that every GSE project must have (e.g., knowledge, configuration, change management). There may also be certain tasks that should not be distributed or require face-to-face meetings due to their highly collaborative nature, specific methods used, or inadequate tools support. Best practice examples will be given for architecture development as well as for avoiding common pitfalls.

Confirmed panelists:
   - Li-Te Cheng, IBM, USA
   - José Carlos Maldonado, USP-SC, Brazil
   - Linda Northrop, SEI, USA
   - Frances Paulisch, Siemens, Germany
Chair: Daniel Paulish, Siemens, USA