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[US-RSE DEI-WG Speaker Series] Diversity in Open-Source Software
Software development is, by nature, a social activity: the ability of individuals and teams to work together effectively is critical to the success of software projects. For that reason, the goal of my research is to study the individual and collaborative aspects of software development and how they influence the creation and evolution of high-quality software systems. Today, software development teams are increasingly distributed, dynamic, and diverse, and I have focused on understanding the impact that these trends have on software development practice. For example, in open-source software contexts, we observe that more gender diverse teams are more productive, and that they are less likely to exhibit suboptimal team communication patterns leading to suboptimal source code organization; likewise, emerging evidence paints a nuanced picture in which diversity in culture, age, and other characteristics influence teaming behaviors in complex ways. I will explore recent investigations into these topics and what they tell us about how to build strong and healthy software teams, communities, and ecosystems.

Jun 1, 2022 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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