Global software teams usually rely on a Collaborative Development Environment (CDE) to cope with distance. In this seminar we present SocialTFS, an extension of Team Foundation Server (TFS), which aggregates information from social networks and presents it within Visual Studio. We argue that conveying social information into the developer’s workspace can work as a surrogate of the social awareness that we acquire during informal meetings and then help to build trust among members of global teams.
Work on SocialTFS is in progress and visible on Codeplex. The project is funded by Microsoft Research Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF) Award for 2011.