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[On behalf of Vic Uni Student] Request for Participants: Study on Tools for Co-Located AGILE Software Development Teams

From: Sandy M.
Sent on: Thursday, October 18, 2012 4:22 PM

Hi all,


Craig is writing his PhD thesis at Vic Uni and has asked us for help to find participants for his study on tools for co-located Agile teams.

He has asked us to send out this email and if you'd like to participate please contact him directly (email at the bottom of this mail)




Craig's email:

Would anyone like to come and play with some big shiny interactive toys (e.g. large iPad like devices)?


My name is Craig Anslow and I am doing a PhD at Victoria University in software engineering. I am looking for some software developers  (programming language agnostic), software architects, or experienced technical people with AGILE software development experience to come and test out my PhD research software tool. If you are interested please let me know as that would be very very much appreciated. Below is a blurb about what I am looking for.


Request for Participants: User Study on Tools for Co-Located AGILE Software Development Teams


Most software development is conducted within teams and are quite often in co-located environments. The tools used by these teams,

however,  are single-user focused (e.g. Eclipse). We are researching ways to help improve software development teams collaborate and have

developed a multi-user,  multi-touch tool for teams to help analyse their software. We want to observe how teams could potentially use

technology such as our tool for their own software development projects. If you would like to participate in the user study please contact us.



We require pairs of participants (software developers or software architects, that are familiar with any programming languages) from the same organisation who work in the same team and know each other to voluntarily participate in the study. The study will take up to 90 minutes. A small reward will be given for participation in the study.


When and Where:

Anytime participants are available, either during or after work hours or weekends, throughout October-December 2012. The study will take place in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington.


Contact Details:

Please contact Craig Anslow email [address removed] or phone[masked] 9998 to arrange a time to participate in the user study.



This research is being conducted by Victoria University of Wellington with Human Ethics Approval as part of the New Zealand Ministry of Science and Innovation’s Software Process and Product Improvement project.


No software from your organisation will be used. Instead a baseline of example open source software will be used in the study. We are looking at how participants use our tools and how they collaborate together as a proof of concept, not on how skilled participants are with our tools. All participant’s and organisation details will be anonymous in the reporting of the results.


The investigators on the project are Craig Anslow (PhD Student), Dr. Stuart Marshall, Professor James Noble from the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and Professor Robert Biddle from the Department of Computer Science, at Carleton University, Canada


More info:


Many thanks.


Kind regards,



Craig Anslow

PhD Thesis Student

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Victoria University of Wellington

New Zealand



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