Eleni Stroulia, Ken Bauer, Isaac Matichuk and I have submitted a paper to ICSM Tool where we give a deeper insight into Collaboratorium, a tool we developed to understand how students collaborate during a software engineering project.
The article will appear in ICSM Tool 2013, this September, in Eindhoven (Netherlands).
Title: Interactive Exploration of the Collaborative Software-Development Data
Abstract: Modern collaborative software-development tools generate a rich data record, over the lifecycle of the project, which can be analyzed to provide team members and managers with insights into the performance and contributions of individual members and the overall team dynamic. This data can be analyzed from different perspectives, sliced and diced across different dimensions, and visualized in different ways. Frequently the most useful analysis depends on the actual data, which makes the design of single authoritative visualization a challenge. In this paper we describe an analysis and visualization tool that supports the flexible run-time mapping of such a data record to a number of alternative visualizations. We have used our framework to analyze and gain an understanding of how individuals work within their teams and how teams differ in their work on these term projects.
Full preprint coming soon.
This work was funded by NSERC, AITF (Alberta Innovates Technology Futures) and IBM.