International Conference on
Global Software Engineering

ICGSE 2007
Munich, Germany
August 27-30, 2007

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Reflections on a Decade of Studying Global Software Engineering
by Prof. Erran Carmel, American University
Tuesday, August 28, 13:30pm-15:00pm

Biography: Prof. Carmel's area of expertise is global software development. He studies globally dispersed software teams, offshore sourcing of IT work, and national policy issues surrounding software. His 1999 book Global Software Teams was the first on this topic. His 2005 book, Offshoring Information Technology, covers the range of topics that managers need to know about offshore work.

He has written over 70 articles, reports, and manuscripts. He consults and speaks to industry and professional groups. He is the department chair and tenured Associate Professor at the Information Technology department, Kogod School of Business at American University. In the 1990s he co-founded and led the program in Management of Global Information Technology. He has been a Visiting Professor at Haifa University (Israel) and University College Dublin (Ireland).

He received his Ph.D., in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona; his MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Distributed Software Development: Rules and Tools for Success
by Michael Vax, CEO LUXOFT Canada
Thursday, August 30, 09:00am-10:30am

Biography: Michael Vax has spent more than 20 years in software development. During his career, he has worked as a developer, an architect, a development manager, a VP of Development, and a CTO.

Currently the CEO of Luxoft Canada, Michael is managing Luxoft�s development center in Vancouver. Luxoft is a global software development company headquartered in Russia, with offices in the US, Canada, UK, and Ukraine. Its clients include world leaders in the IT, manufacturing, energy, financial services, and aerospace industries as well as smaller independent software vendors and product houses.

Prior joining Luxoft, Michael was the Vice President of Product Development at WebCT - one of the world's leading providers of e-learning systems, which are used by thousands of colleges and universities in more than 70 countries worldwide. At WebCT Michael was managing a 100+ person product development department, with offices in Vancouver and Boston.

Michael is a member of Agile Alliance and certified SCRUM Master. As one of organizers of Agile Vancouver, he is actively promoting Agile software development in Canada.