Charla: Decision Support in Crowdsourced Software Development

Guenther Ruhe, University of Calgary
30 Mayo, 2017 - 12:00
Auditorio Ramón Picarte, Piso 3, Edificio Norte
Pleiad Lab

Guenther Ruhe is leading a research team at the University of Calgary who primary aim is to establish and demonstrate scientific excellence in the area of software engineering decision support. Guenther is editor-in-cheif of Information and Software Technology (ISI journal), and General Chair of the 26th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference 2018.


Software development and evolution requires continuous decisions in the presence of multiple objectives and constraints. Evidence-based decisions are more likely to be successful than just following intuition. With the dramatic changes in how software becomes developed, new processes and decision problems arise. There is an emergent trend in software development projects that mini-tasks can be crowdsourced in order to achieve rapid development and delivery. Along the crowdsourced software development life-cycle, a variety of decisions need to be made. We study the problem “Who should take this task?” and provide analytical solutions to support different decision scenarios. Results from empirical evaluation at TopCoder are reported.