day 2 at ICGSE 2010

ICGSE 2010 will open today with a keynote by Len Bass of the SEI architecture team, titled “Speculation on Coordination Models”, and will close with a technology panel including Len on “Impact of Future Communication Technology on GSD”. I’m definitely looking forward to both.

In between, the schedule holds a single track of sessions on:

  • Tools I: Support and Use
  • Processes and Practices
  • Management Environments I

Yesterday afternoon’s agile GSD tutorial was interesting and offered a nice preview of Erran Carmel’s forthcoming book, as well as a review of Yael Dubinsky’s HOT framework (humans, organizations, technology). However, I was a little disappointed that more time wasn’t spent on the GSD challenges of implementing specific agile practices. (It could have easily been a full-day session.)

While waiting for the keynote session to start, I enjoyed a good chat with Darja Smite of BTH, who gave yesterday’s REMIDI talk. It turns out that we have similar views on measurement in GSD, as well as knowing some mutual friends/colleagues in Sweden!

plans for day one at ICGSE 2010

Looking forward to a full schedule at ICGSE 2010 today:
* 90-min REMIDI workshop (Tool Support Development and Management in Distributed Projects)
* the first part of the PARIS workshop (Methods and Tools for Project/Architecture/Risk Management in Globally Distributed Software Development Projects)
* after lunch, a half-day tutorial on “Implementing Agile Software Development Across Time Zones”.
The conference also includes a full-day tutorial on “Requirements Engineering for Large Systems-Processes and Tooling”, a doctoral symposium, a half-day session on “What Did You Say? Cultural Influences on Communication and Understanding”, and the KNOWING’10 workshop on knowledge management in GSD.

I chatted briefly with one of the organizers at registration. Attendance for ICGSE 2010 is expected to be around 70 people, lower than usual, and about 70% university attendees, 30% industry. He attributed both the low attendance and the low industry percentage to the still-weak global economy: usually it’s over 100 people, and usually closer to 70% industry and 30% academic participation.