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Sensing and Supporting Software Developers' Focus


Züger, Manuela; Fritz, Thomas (2018). Sensing and Supporting Software Developers' Focus. In: the 26th Conference on Program Comprehension, Gothenburg, Sweden, 28 June 2018 - 29 June 2018, 2-6.

Abstract

Software developers regularly have to focus in order to successfully perform their work. At the same time, developers experience many disruptions to their focus, especially in today's highly demanding, collaborative and open office work environments. When these disruptions happen during tasks that require a lot of focus, such as comprehending a difficult piece of source code, they can be very costly, causing a decrease in performance and quality. By sensing how focused a developer is, we might be able to reduce the cost of such disruptions.
In our previous work, we investigated the use of biometric and computer interaction sensors to sense interruptibility - the availability for interruptions - and developed the FlowLight approach - a traffic light like LED indicator of a person's interruptibility - to reduce the cost of external in-person interruptions, a particularly expensive kind of disruption. Our results demonstrate the potential of accurately sensing interruptibility in the field and of reducing external interruption cost to increase focus and productivity of knowledge workers.

Abstract

Software developers regularly have to focus in order to successfully perform their work. At the same time, developers experience many disruptions to their focus, especially in today's highly demanding, collaborative and open office work environments. When these disruptions happen during tasks that require a lot of focus, such as comprehending a difficult piece of source code, they can be very costly, causing a decrease in performance and quality. By sensing how focused a developer is, we might be able to reduce the cost of such disruptions.
In our previous work, we investigated the use of biometric and computer interaction sensors to sense interruptibility - the availability for interruptions - and developed the FlowLight approach - a traffic light like LED indicator of a person's interruptibility - to reduce the cost of external in-person interruptions, a particularly expensive kind of disruption. Our results demonstrate the potential of accurately sensing interruptibility in the field and of reducing external interruption cost to increase focus and productivity of knowledge workers.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote), refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:29 June 2018
Deposited On:03 Oct 2018 12:21
Last Modified:31 Dec 2018 08:25
Publisher:ACM Press
ISBN:9781450357142
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3196321.3196323
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:16814

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