Gender diversity and women in software teams: how do they affect community smells?

Gemma Catolino, Fabio Palomba, Damian Andrew Tamburri, A. Serebrenik, Filomena Ferrucci

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As social as software engineers are, there is a known and established gender imbalance in our community structures, regardless of their open- or closed-source nature. To shed light on the actual benefits of achieving such balance, this empirical study looks into the relations between such balance and the occurrence of community smells, that is, sub-optimal circumstances and patterns across the software organizational structure. Examples of community smells are Organizational Silo effects (overly disconnected sub-groups) or Lone Wolves (defiant community members). Results indicate that the presence of women generally reduces the amount of community smells. We conclude that women are instrumental to reducing community smells in software development teams.
Originele taal-2Engels
TitelProceedings - 2019 IEEE/ACM 41st International Conference on Software Engineering
SubtitelSoftware Engineering in Society, ICSE-SEIS 2019
Plaats van productiePiscataway
Aantal pagina's10
ISBN van elektronische versie978-1-7281-1762-1
StatusGepubliceerd - 28 mei 2019
Evenement41st ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering, (ICSE2019) - Montreal, Canada
Duur: 25 mei 201931 mei 2019


Congres41st ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering, (ICSE2019)
Verkorte titelICSE2019
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