Computer support for distributed asynchronous software design teams: Experimental results on creativity and quality

R. Ocker, S. R. Hiltz, M. Turoff, J. Fjermestad

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Abstract

Previous research has indicated that the creative task of deciding upon the initial specifications for a software system can benefit from a structured process to guide group interaction in face-to-face meetings, and can benefit from computer support. This 2×2 experiment is the first to look at the joint effects of a distributed asynchronous computer conferencing mode of communication (CC, as compared to face to face), and a structured process on software design outcomes. Subjects were teams of graduate students in computer science and business, who designed an automated post office as a course assignment. Though the quality of solution produced by the CC groups was judged to be higher, it was not significantly so. However, the CC groups were considerably more creative. There were no main effects for the structured/unstructured factor, nor any significant interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 28th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 1995
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages4-13
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)0818669306
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995
Event28th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 1995 - Wailea, United States
Duration: Jan 3 1995Jan 6 1995

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Volume4
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Conference

Conference28th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 1995
CountryUnited States
CityWailea
Period1/3/951/6/95

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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