Supporting Collaborative Software Development Through the Visualization of Socio-Technical Dependencies
One of the reasons large-scale software development is difficult is the number of dependencies that software engineers face. These dependencies create a need for communication and coordination that requires continuous effort by developers. Empirical studies, including the people own, suggest that technical dependencies among software components create social dependencies among the software developers implementing those components. Based on this observation, the authors developed Ariadne, a plug-in for Eclipse. Ariadne analyzes software projects for dependencies and collects authorship information about projects relying on configuration management repositories.