User Study


Tools for Co-Located Software Development Teams

Most software development is conducted within teams and are quite often in co-located environments. The tools used by these teams, however, are single-user focused (e.g. Eclipse). We are researching ways to help improve software development teams collaborate and have developed a multi-user, multi-touch tool for teams to help analyse their software. We want to observe how teams could potentially use technology such as our tool for their own software development projects. Below is some pictures illustrating our tool and a talk about the technology behind the tool. If you would like to participate in the user study please contact us. Many thanks.


Multi-touch Table

Introduction to Multi-touch For Java (MT4j) Toolkit -

Request for Participants:

We require pairs of participants (software developers - programming language agnostic, software architects, or experienced technical people with software development experience) from the same organisation who work in the same team and know each other to voluntarily participate in the study. The study will take up to 90 minutes. A small reward will be given for participation in the study.

When and Where:

Anytime participants are available, either during or after work hours or weekends, throughout October-December 2012. The study will take place in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington.

Contact Details:

Please contact Craig Anslow through email or phone 04 463 9998 to arrange a time to participate in the user study.


This research is being conducted by Victoria University of Wellington with Human Ethics Approval as part of the New Zealand Ministry of Science and Innovation’s Software Process and Product Improvement project.

No software from your organisation will be used. Instead a baseline of example open source software will be used in the study. We are looking at how participants use our tools and how they collaborate together as a proof of concept, not on how skilled participants are with our tools. All participant’s and organisation details will be anonymous in the reporting of the results.


Craig Anslow (PhD Student)

Dr. Stuart Marshall

Professor James Noble

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Victoria University of Wellington

New Zealand

Professor Robert Biddle

Department of Computer Science

Carleton University