Gender and Open Source Software Development

Serebrenik, A. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific


This talk will provide a brief overview of several recent studies of gender and gender diversity in software development teams. The main findings are: (1) more gender-diverse GitHub teams are not only more productive than less gender-diverse ones (Vasilescu et al., CHI 2015), but they are also less likely to exhibit suboptimal communication patterns (Catolino et al., ICSE-SEIS 2019) known to lead to suboptimal code patterns (Palomba et al., TSE 2019); and (2) social capital obtained by collaboration in GitHub open source projects is beneficial for duration of engagement in an open source project; diversity of information ties, i.e., involvement in very different projects, is beneficial for people of all genders, more so for women than for men (Qiu et al., ICSE 2019). If the time permits, it will also touch on the ongoing work related to going beyond gender binary. In this preliminary study that has been based on interviews of three transgender women working in software development, it has been observed that remote work, facilitated by technological solutions, reduces barriers for participation in software development projects. It is conjectured that remote work can benefit other underrepresented minorities as well (Ford et al., ICSE-SEIS 2019).
Period21 Oct 2020
Event titleBrazilian Symposium on Software Engineering
Event typeConference
Conference number34
LocationNatal, Brazil
Degree of RecognitionInternational