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Unifying Formal and Informal Collaboration through Continuous Coordination
University of California, Irvine

In many fields, researchers have juxtaposed the concepts of formal and informal to generate new ideas about interaction and design. The general area of coordination has been ripe with such proposals, but these have not made the transition into the discipline of software development. There, formal tools and approaches still dominate. We indeed see a need for formal process support, but wish to augment them with informal mechanisms inspired by research on awareness. We introduce a conceptual framework termed continuous coordination to frame the approach. We have developed software tools that begin to illustrate this approach and have received positive feedback from developers. However, many open questions remain.

Sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning & Design.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)