SocialTFS: Augmenting Social Awareness in a Collaborative Development Environment


February 16, 2012


Filippo Lanubile


University of Bari


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.


Filippo Lanubile

Filippo Lanubile is an Associate Professor of computer science at the University of Bari where he leads the Collaborative Development Research Group. His research interests lie in the areas of software engineering and computer supported cooperative work, focusing on social software engineering and distributed software development. He is a recipient of a NASA Group Achievement Award (1996, as a research associate at the University of Maryland), an IBM Eclipse Innovation Award (2006), an IBM Faculty Award (2008) and the Software Engineering Innovation Foundation Award from Microsoft Research (2011). Filippo Lanubile has been the Program Chair of the 2008 edition of the IEEE Int. Conf. on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE) and will be the General Chair of the ICGSE 2013 conference. He can be contacted at